The new European subsidy instrument, the Operational Programme Just Transition, aims to address the impacts of the shift away from coal in the most affected regions of the Czech Republic. In the coming years, the Karlovy Vary, Moravian-Silesian and Ústí nad Labem Regions will face major socio-economic and environmental challenges associated with the transition to a climate-neutral economy.
The programme aims to mitigate the impacts of the transition process on the economy, the population and the environment, in particular to provide jobs for workers leaving the coal industry, to improve public services or to restore landscapes affected by mining.
The programme is funded by the European Just Transition Fund and a total of CZK 42.7 billion is available for the period 2021-2027. After deducting the technical assistance funds, the regions will share CZK 41 billion.
The State Environmental Fund of the Czech Republic, as the intermediary body, administers the received applications for aid. The managing authority of the programme is the Ministry of the Environment.
Regions most affected by the shift away from coal will be able to benefit from the Just Transition Operational Programme:
The range of measures supported is wide. The funds can be used by coal regions to mitigate the impact of the shift away from coal mining: retraining workers, transforming existing businesses towards low-carbon operations, promoting innovation, investing in start-ups, productive investment in SMEs and regenerating underused sites. Funding will also go to clean energy and energy savings, digitisation, the circular economy or research and innovation.
The main areas that can be supported include:
Applicants may be:
The programme is planned for the period 2021-2027. Eligibility of expenditure starts in 2021 and ends in 2029, when the programme will be finally closed.