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5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Why do we need a fair and inclusive transition towards climate neutrality? What does a fair transition mean for the Western Balkans region and how could ensure it? Join this online event to learn and discuss on these and many other questions on 28th December.


Transition is a word that arouses bad associations in the Western Balkans region. When talking about the transition, people usually first think of collapsing institutions, selling off public companies and social property. At a time when the Western Balkans are witnessing mass privatisation and commodification of natural resources, talks on green transition and transformation towards sustainability are emerging too (although still far behind the European average).

These days, we are witnessing mass protests for environmental justice in Serbia and miners’ protests in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The simple introduction of environmental standards, without a social dimension, has never worked. Therefore, this is an important topic for discussion, even more so within the framework of a fair transition in Europe.

The concept of a just transition is a comprehensive guideline that complements the Green Deal in the transformation towards an environmentally sustainable society in a just and fair way. With the development of this concept, trade unions and climate movements emphasise the need for systemic transformation. A fair transition implies fundamental changes, not only of key economic branches and consumer systems, such as energy, transport, agriculture and food, but also changes in infrastructure, social values and politics. In addition, this concept highlights the need for a global shift towards a humane and fair economic system, with a healthy ecosystem, health, public services, education and culture at its core.

During the discussion that will be organized by the Green European Foundation in cooperation with the organization for political ecology Polekol, we will try to find answers to some of these questions:

– What is the broader context of a fair transition and why we need it?

– What does a fair transition mean for the Western Balkans region and how can we reach it?

– What is the role of workers and unions in the green transition?



Dr. Maja Pupovac, project manager of the RES Foundation
Miodrag Pantović, project assistant on the project “On the way to the EU” of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the regional network “SOLIDARITY” with the support of the European Commission
Alma Midzic, Crvena Sarajevo
Moderated by:  Žaklina Živković, Polekol



Date and time: 28th December

Audience: the event is open for the general public.

The webinar will be broadcasted on the Polekol Facebook page.

This project is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of Polekol and with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation. The European Parliament is not responsible for the content of this event.

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