A public consultation on a preliminary version of the “Territorial Plan for a Just Transition” was opened by the Minister of the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan.

The consultation is being conducted in partnership with the East and Midland Regional Assembly.

The plan “will set out how Ireland proposes to invest funds from the EU’s Just Transition Fund to support a just transition in the wider Midlands,” said the Department for Environment, Climate and Climate. Communications.

Up to € 84.5 million has been allocated to Ireland under the EU’s Just Transition Fund until 2027. The government has said it will supplement this funding with resources from the Treasury .

The public consultation seeks the views of stakeholders on the transition process and the draft plan which, once finalized, will be submitted to the European Commission for approval.

The consultation invites stakeholders to complete an online survey and attend online workshops.

Two workshops, on January 18 and 25, will allow “in-depth” discussions on the priorities of the European Fund for a Just Transition.

A third online workshop for young people in the region is being held with national representative youth organizations to “ensure that those affected have the opportunity to shape the plan”.

Specific information sessions will also be organized for members of the Oireachtas, as well as for relevant local authorities and their members, as part of the consultation.

The Territorial Just Transition Plan for Ireland is a response to the end of peat mining in the Midlands region for power generation.

According to the ministry, the plan identifies the following development needs for the region:

  • Modernize the business environment and create employment opportunities;
  • Improve the skills profile;
  • Promote environmental sustainability and industrial heritage;
  • Promote the region’s potential as a place to live and work.

Commenting on the consultation, Minister Ryan said: “This government is committed to a just transition for the Midlands region and has dedicated significant funding to support workers, businesses and communities after the early shutdown in 2020 peat-fired power plants.

“I am pleased to report that I have decided to appoint the East and Midland Regional Assembly and the Managing Authority to provide this funding. The assembly is the key statutory body representing the development needs of the region ”, added the Minister.

The consultation is open until February 14.