Written answers

Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Just Transition

Photo of Darren O'RourkeDarren O'Rourke (Meath East, Sinn Fein)
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36. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of the application to the European Union Just Transition Fund; the timeline and process for adjudication, allocation and administration of the fund in Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [60613/21]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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The EU Just Transition Fund is a newly established fund, operating under Regulation (EU) 2021/1056 within the framework of EU cohesion policy. The Fund will seek to address the adverse effects of the climate transition by supporting the most affected territories and workers concerned to promote a balanced socio-economic transition. Ireland is set to receive up to €84.5 million from the EU Just Transition Fund over the period to 2027.

Ireland must prepare a territorial just transition plan and accompanying programme for approval by the European Commission to secure access to this funding. This plan will set out Ireland’s proposed investment priorities as well as targeted sectors and regions. Work is underway in my Department to develop the draft plan and I intend to launch a public consultation before the end of the year to inform the further development and finalisation of the plan during the course of 2022.


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