Territorial Just Transition Plans

Katrijn Siderius made this Informationsfreiheit request to Generaldirektion Regionalpolitik und Stadtentwicklung

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Dear Madam / Sir,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:
- The Territorial Just Transition Plan (TJTP) (Article 11 of Regulation 2021/1056) of every Just Transition Territory (as specified e.g. on the website https://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/fun...).

Preferable in the SFC2021 Programme format (e.g. CCI 2021NL16JTPR001) in English. If this is not available, then the original language and/or original submitted TJTP

This information is requested for the purpose of an academic project on the Regional Climate Transition in the EU, conducted by a team of researchers at Goethe University Frankfurt. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any clarification regarding any aspect of my request.

Thank you in advance.

Yours faithfully,
Katrijn Siderius MSc MA
Research Associate, Goethe University Frankfurt


Dear Sir or Madam,

We are writing to you concerning your request for access to documents sent
on 17/03/2023 and registered on 17/03/2023 under case number 2023/1698.

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Yours faithfully,

Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy - Access to Documents
European Commission


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Dear Madam /Sir,

Thank you for your message. I would prefer to receive information in electronic form. This my right under Regulation 1049/2001 if the information exists in that format.

Yours faithfully,
Katrijn Siderius

REGIO-ACCES-DOCUMENTS@ec.europa.eu, Generaldirektion Regionalpolitik und Stadtentwicklung

Dear Madam,
You will receive the information in electronic format but we need your postal address in order to complete the registration of your request and to start handling it.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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Dear Madam/Sir,

Thank you for clarifying!
Please find my postal address below.

Yours sincerely,
Katrijn Siderius

Katrijn Siderius
PEG - Hauspostfach 54
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
60323 Frankfurt am Main


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Yours faithfully,

Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy - Access to Documents
European Commission


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European Commission



Katrijn Siderius

Dear Regional and Urban Policy,

Thank you for the German Territorial Just Transition Plans. However, in my request I asked for ALL Territorial Just Transition Plans. Let me clarify my request: I want the (approved) Territorial Just Transition Plan from every eligible JTF territory from every member state (as referred to in Article 11 of Regulation (EU) 2021/1056 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 June 2021 establishing the Just Transition Fund).

Please let me know if something is not clear, I would be very happy to clarify further.

Yours faithfully,
Katrijn Siderius

GLUZA-CZYCZERSKA Balbina, Generaldirektion Regionalpolitik und Stadtentwicklung

Dear Ms Katrijn Siderius,

Thank you for your query. Your message has been forwarded to me.
Please be kindly informed that the access to all Territorial Just Transition Plans (TJTPs) approved by the European Commission is publicly available. You can consult these plans through the map visible on the Just Transition Platform website:

While scrolling over a territory with approved TJTP (in green), you will be able to click on the link with relevant TJTP.
Best regards,
Balbina Gluza

Balbina Gluza-Czyczerska

European Commission
DG Regional and urban policy
Unit G1 – Smart and sustainable growth – Just Transition
[email address]

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