The Federal Environment Ministry launched the fourth call for project ideas under the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) today. Non-profit organisation are called upon to submit ideas for projects that contribute to climate action in Europe and strengthen European cooperation. The deadline is 18 February 2020. EUKI connects local actors across Europe to foster mutual exchange of knowledge, thus laying the foundation for joint viable climate policy.
Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze noted: "The recent EU Council decision to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050 is a strong signal for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. To do this, we need close cooperation within the EU. This is where the European Climate Initiative comes in. We strengthen dialogue and cooperation on climate action within the European Union by promoting an exchange on good practice examples and by jointly seeking the best solutions. In doing so, we can learn from each other, and this will help achieve the European climate targets and raise awareness of climate action as a European project."
Transboundary projects aimed at intensifying the exchange of good practice in climate action and dialogue on climate issues are selected for funding in a two-tier process. The target groups of EUKI projects are governments, local authorities, educational institutions and stakeholders from civil society, science and industry, in particular in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe.
In the past calls for ideas, 62 projects in 25 EU countries were selected for funding. Project topics include transboundary educational programmes on climate issues, developing concepts for urban cycling infrastructure, compiling ideas for a socially fair phase-out of coal power and proposals for a green EU budget. More than 160 organisations from all over the European Union participate in the projects.