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Implementation of the
European Green Deal
through EU cohesion policy


European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO)




COWI, Ecorys, GOPA Com.

The European Green Deal will only succeed if all EU regions adopt the path to climate neutrality. However, structurally weak regions in particular need support in this regard. The EU’s cohesion policy aims to strengthen the cohesion of the Member States and to support structurally weak regions in sustainable economic development.

To enable cohesion regions to use EU funds even more specifically for sustainability transitions, the DG REGIO of the European Commission put together a consortium consisting of Prognos, COWI, Ecorys and GOPA Com., whose role it is to build the community-based Cohesions for Transitions (C4T) Community of Practice platform.

The aim of the C4T platform is to bring together the various actors, such as policy makers and administrative authorities, from civil society and academia, in order to promote knowledge and exchange on the implementation of the European Green Deal through cohesion policy. The C4T brings together national, regional, and local cohesion and sustainability experts to exchange experiences and best practices, to build partnerships and to work together to find solutions. The platform covers all of Europe’s EU regions.

Scientific expert advice to find joint solutions

DG REGIO commissioned Prognos to carry out the following tasks within the C4T project:

  • establishment of a scientific forum
  • provision of analytical capacity
  • supervision/moderation of a working group on the topic of climate

Prognos selected the expert panel in an extensive process. The panel is made up of high-ranking scientists with extensive expertise in the fields of climate, the environment, and energy originating from various EU countries. The aim of the Academic Sounding Board is to support the project working groups by providing them with knowledge so that they can make better use of EU cohesion funds for sustainability transformation purposes.

Two physical meetings are held a year bringing together the various stakeholders, to exchange ideas and to work on solutions. In addition to this, Prognos, together with the academic experts, provides analytical skills to support the implementation process.

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Project team: Vera Fuhs, Hanne Hagedorn, Michelle Reuter, Fabian Schmidt, Richard Simpson

Last update: 28.08.2023

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