Croatian partner Medjimurje Energy Agency Ltd. held an educational workshop on Friday, 30th of June, 2023, focused on financing and implementing energy and climate plans at the local and regional level, as well as integrating the concept of a just transition into the process of energy and climate planning at the regional level. The workshop was part of projects CEESEU (Central and Eastern European Sustainable Energy Union) and CEESEU-DIGIT (Central and Eastern Europe Sustainable Energy Union’s Design and Implementation of regional Government Initiatives for a Just energy Transition).

During the workshop, financial mechanisms enabling the funding and implementation of measures from the SECAP were presented. Additionally, a workshop aimed to enhance the knowledge and skills of regional authorities and other participants regarding the integration of the concept of a just transition into regional energy and climate planning process.

Furthermore, the workshop also featured presentations on current public calls from Croatian Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund, specifically targeting local and regional authorities. Participants had the opportunity to learn about the call requirements and possibilities for application.

As a concluding event, a panel discussion was held on the topic of “Experience and Challenges in the Development and Implementation of SECAP and Other Planning Documents in the Field of Energy and Climate Change.” The panel included the participation of director of MENEA, mayor of Municipality of Nedelišće, mayor of Municipality Sveti Juraj na Bregu and representative of Town of Prelog. The participants shared their valuable experiences in the development and implementation process of SECAPs. Through their experiences, they provided concrete advice to municipalities currently working on or implementing SECAPs. They emphasized the importance of preparing high-quality documents and ensuring the successful implementation of defined measures. Their advice was aimed at enhancing the effectiveness and impact of the SECAPs, contributing to the overall success of regional energy and climate planning efforts.

All of the workshops have been an excellent tool for strengthening collaboration, exchanging knowledge and experiences, raising awareness about sustainable energy and climate change among local and regional stakeholders in Central and Eastern Europe. Moreover, they provide a long-term platform for connecting public administrators, policymakers, regional authorities and other participants involved in the development process of SECAPs and regional energy and climate plans. All this contributes to better coordination and synergy in achieving sustainable energy goals.