Annual Political Dialogue – Initiative for coal regions in transition

27 - 28 June 2023, 09:00 - 14:00
Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic- Emperor Spa

The European Commission and the Karlovy Vary Region happily invite all to the EU Initiative for Coal Regions in Transition’s fourth Annual Political Dialogue on 27–28 June 2023, in Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic). ICLEI Europe is proud to be among the organisations that co-run the Secretariat of the Initiative. Register here!

This event be an occasion for stakeholders from all EU coal, peat, lignite and oil shale regions (“coal+ regions”) to gather, take stock of the progress achieved since the start of the Initiative in 2018, and discuss common challenges they face, old and new, in today’s quickly-evolving energy landscape. The event will give voice to leading figures in the transition – those that are designing and implementing transition on the ground in coal+ regions, in EU capitals, and in Brussels. The programme will include high-level, strategic discussions on what EU coal regions will be confronted with on their paths to climate neutrality, and how climate neutrality can be reached in a just and inclusive way. The first day’s conference will be followed by visits to regional projects and transition-related sites on day two.

A number of speakers will lead discussions during the event, including:

  • Kadri Simson, EU Commissioner for Energy
  • Elisa Ferreira, EU Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms (TBC)
  • Petr Kulhanek, Governor Karlovy Vary Region

The first day will begin with a side event focused on the exchangeEU programme – which ICLEI Europe is also part of implementing. This side event will be followed by the opening of the conference, and three afternoon breakout sessions that will explore particular coal+ regions in transition topics. On 28 June, the Karlovy Vary Region invites participants to visit local sites that illustrate the main challenges and new perspectives of this territory in transition.

The European Commission is pleased to be collaborating with the European Committee of the Regions on this event.

The deadline to register for in-person attendance is 1 June 2023, COB. The deadline to register for virtual attendance is 26 June 2023. Please note, however, that only the opening session of this event will be livestreamed. Register here!

Once your registration has been approved, you will receive a confirmation email. Please note that there is a limited number of participants; therefore, we advise you to register promptly to secure your place. Registration is free of charge; unfortunately, the Initiative is unable to provide financial support to cover travel and accommodation costs.

We look forward to welcoming you in Karlovy Vary, or seeing you online!