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YEU joined the 3rd Bolster Project regional policy dialogue

Last 15th of March, YEU’s Project Assistant Irene Gonzales had the pleasure to attend and represent YEU at the 3rd Bolster Project regional policy dialogue: “Youth and Just Transition: between disengagement and active participation”. 

The BOLSTER project – Bridging Organisations and marginalised communities for Local Sustainability Transitions in Europe, analyses main implications of the European Green Deal (EGD) related policies for marginalised groups, while understanding how their engagement in the decision-making processes could positively contribute to transition plans. 

The project, funded under Horizon Europe and coordinated by Tilburg University, aims to provide new scientific evidence on decarbonisation transition strategies and to demonstrate the intersection between just transition issues and different dimensions of inequality such as gender, race, age and class. 

Along with the Tilburg University, the project consortium consists of 11 partners from 11 European Countries: Rmit-EU – Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Spain; The University of Economics in Katowice, Poland; Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI); Crowdhelix (CHX); The University of National and World Economy (UNWE); The Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management (UNIRI FTHM); the Liege University; Make Better Association, Romania; The European Citizen Action Service (ECAS),  CEE Bankwatch Network (BWN) NGO and CGE Erfurt E.V. 

After welcoming participants, the assistant professor at Tilburg Law School, Michiel Stapper presented the Bolster project, while Ammalia Podlaszewska, Chairwoman at Culture Goes Europe Erfurt e.V., introduced the main findings and results regarding the role of youth in the regional Just Transition in Halle  (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany), as one of the Project targeting areas. 

Later, the youth inclusion and green transition topic has been deeper explored in the panel discussion participated by representatives from the Institute for Environmental Issues (UfU) the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development;  the European Youth Forum; the International Researcher at Ecologic Institute (Berlin, Germany), Culture Goes Europe Erfurt e.V. and the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) as moderator. 

To make the panel session more interactive, panelists also commented and debated about the attendees’ replies from the Slido Questionnaire, sent at the beginning of the event. 

The questions summarised the targets, issues and goals touched over the online event, by also asking which measures should be taken by the civil society, national governments and at the European level to foster just transition through youth inclusion. 

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