An important goal for CEESEN is to help municipalities in the Central and Eastern European region to adapt to climate change and realise a climate-friendly operation. Within the framework of the CEESEU project, we will demonstrate the entire process, from preparing the climate strategy through securing the necessary funds to evaluating the results, by going over the example of at least 60 towns across the region.

The Central and Eastern European region is different from the Western part of the continent in terms of history and geography, which is apparent in the specific aspects of its approach to stopping climate change.  As part of the “PANEL2050” project, the partners created the Central Eastern European Sustainable Energy Network (CEESEN).

The initiative, which came about in 2016, served the purpose of sharing experiences across borders, as well as of networking and sharing good practices among domestic actors. The CEESEU project, which will end at the end of 2023 and is financed by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program, allows this cooperation to continue. During the three years of the project, the partners prepare the Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) of two cities, with the support of partner organisations abroad. Part of this project is helping the cities get their citizens and any other efficient actors involved, as well as helping with community planning.


Create training materials and train local public administrators in the CEE

Guide CEE municipalities in engaging with stakeholders and carrying out multi-level governance to develop SECAPs; 

Improve engagement between public administrators in the CEE and with the EU

Guide CEE municipalities in financing and implementing SECAP actions; 

Offer guidance to the CoM and other EU actors on how to better reach and serve the needs of CEE municipalities in the development and implementation of SECAPs

We organise trainings and conferences for local decision-makers and civilians where they can learn about great ideas, get information about possibilities, and build useful connections with one another as well as with actors from the governmental and corporate sectors. Afterwards, together we identify the possible financial resources and tender opportunities to realise the climate strategies planned. The final phase of the project includes monitoring, i.e. evaluating and checking the results.

The most important results of the CEESEU project are the invaluable experiences we gain with the help of our forerunner municipalities which we make easily accessible for other municipalities as well. Building on the experiences and taking regional capacities into account, we communicate our advice regarding developmental possibilities to governmental actors, too.