Published on October 6, 2022

Second edition: The state of youth engagement in the implementation of the EU Just Transition Mechanism

Young people aged 16-29 have a central role to play in developing TJTPs and the visions these plans outline – a role recognised and actively promoted by the EU itself. However, the past reports from Bankwatch on the state of TJTPs have revealed that the partnership principle has been applied in very different ways across and within the EU Member States, with several regions in which civil society representatives have not been engaged. This poses the serious risk that even young people in those communities will not have a say in the decisions impacting their future and career opportunities.

This report provides a first overview of the political youth engagement activities for developing Territorial Just Transition Plans of twelve EU Member States. For each country, we look at the partnership processes set up by the national and local authorities in preparing their TJTPs and identify, wherever they are present, the specific activities for the engagement of young people. For four countries, the information from institutional sources was complemented with interviews with local youth activists active in the just transition at the local level, whether they participated in the TJTPs writing directly or from outside.

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