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WITH GREEN DEAL TO LIFE QUALITY

The Savinja and Šalek Valley is facing coal phase out. We want to be ready and start this journey with content, programmes, and measures, so that we can carry out a quality and fair restructuring of the region. At the conference we would like to get acquainted with the representatives of European countries and regions and get informed about abroad experience, concerning Law Preparations for Regional Restructuring and providence of Financial Resources as well as Support within Fair Transition.

 

​In the restructuring process of the Savinja and Šalek Valley we must establish conditions for a pleasant life of the local community, which will satisfice and motivate residents not only to stay in the region, but to return from elsewhere due to the high level of provided services and opportunities. Therefore, we want to sustainably transform the energy system and location, which must remain one of the pillars of regional development. Rehabilitation and redevelopment of degraded areas, that will allow further spatial development and a high-quality natural and residential environment, are needed to create a diversified and resilient Regional Economy based on the principles of Sustainable Development. For our Valley the construction of the Third Development Axis is extremely important to provide good transport and rail infrastructure.

 

If we are successful in the restructuring process, the economy of the Savinja and Šalek Valley will continue to be recognised as the most successful in the country. The Transition from Coal is an important process that will have long-term consequences on the economy and a profound impact on our country's energy sector. We must therefore set the foundations that will enable a Fair Process. We need to bring together different stakeholders with the knowledge and strength to ensure an orderly transition that is fair to workers, the coal community, and citizens.

 

For this reason, an international conference entitled “Welcome, Future – with Green Deal to Life Quality” is taking place in Velenje on the 21st and 22nd of September 2021, to present examples of good practices of European cities and regions on the Road Out of Coal.

To ensure Fair Restructuring, two systemic laws are needed, namely the Velenje Coal Mine Closure Act and the SAŠA Region Restructuring Act. Objectives, key starting points, and common points of view will be formulated at Round Tables, where representatives of departmental ministries, businesses, support environments, local communities and trade unions will participate.

"You are cordially invited to co-create a new and green vision of Velenje!"

the 21st of September 2021

Speakers:

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Peter Dermol

Mayor of the Municipality Velenje

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Natalie Kauther

Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany

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Anna Sobczak, PhD

Representative of DG Energy, Policy Coordinator for Coal Regions in Transition in the Framework of EU Green Deal

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Sander Happaerts, PhD

Representative of DG Regio, Policy Coordinator of Just Transition Fund at European Commission

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Christian Rohe, PhD

Deputy Head of the Strategy Unit in the Department for Structural Change in the Rhineland Mining Area at the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

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Vasyl Lozynskyy, M.A.

First Deputy Minister of Community and Territory Development ofUkraine 

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Ripsime Khrenova-Shymkina

Project Director “Promotion of Energy Efficiency and Implementation of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive in Ukraine”, GIZ

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Gertrud Rantzen

Chairwoman of Slovenian-Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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Ralph Sterck

Director of the Future Development Agency Rhineland

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Sascha Solbach

Mayor of the Municipality Bedburg

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Philip Suttmeyer

Head of the Knowledge and Technology Transfer Department for Chemical and Biosystems Engineering in Central Germany at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS Leuna

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Björn Drechsler

Senior Researcher and Business Consultant at the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Energy Infrastructures and Geothermal Systems IEG Cottbus

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Sonja Risteska, M.A.

Project Manager for South-East Europe at AGORA Energiewende Berlin

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Rüdiger Bösing

Commercial Director for North-East at Energy from Waste

Event moderator:

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Denis Oštir

Senior Director of Business Development at VIDAA

Agenda 1

the 21st of September 2021

Welcome Speeches

Peter Dermol, Mayor of the Municipality Velenje

Natalie Kauther, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany

10:00

10:30

11:00

11:30 - 11:45

11:45

12:15

12:35

13:05 - 13:30

13:30

14:00

14:30

15:00

15:30

16:00

16:30 - 17:00

Coffee Break

The German Coal-Phase-out and its Impact on the Rhineland Mining Area

Christian Rohe, Ministry of Economic Affairs of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Deputy Head of the Strategy Unit in the Department for Structural Change in the Rhineland Mining Area

Energy Efficiency Reform in Ukraine

Vasyl Lozynskyy, First Deputy Minister of Community and Territory Development ofUkraine

Ripsime Khrenova-Shymkina, Project Director “Promotion of Energy Efficiency and Implementation of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive in Ukraine”, GIZ

Phasing out Coal Energy as a Driver of Structural Change – Best Practice Germany

Gertrud Rantzen, Slovenian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chairwomen

Coffee Break

Future is our subject: Zukunftsagentur on Structural Transition in Rhineland

Ralph Sterck, Future Development Agency Rhineland, Director

The Role of the Municipality in the Restructuring Context of the Rhine Mining Area

Sascha Solbach, Mayor of the Municipality Bedburg

Structural Change and Energy Transition in the Middle German Coal District

Philip Suttmeyer, Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS Leuna, Head of the Knowledge and Technology Transfer Department for Chemical and Biosystems Engineering in Central Germany

Energy Transition in the Coal Region of Lusatia – Fields for Action, Opportunities and Challenges

Björn Drechsler, Fraunhofer Research Institution for Energy Infrastructures and Geothermal Systems IEG Cottbus, Senior Researcher and Business Consultant

»Fit for 55« and the COAL PHASE-OUT in Europe. Focus on Slovenia and the Western Balkans 

Sonja Risteska, AGORA Energiewende Berlin, Project Manager for South-East Europe

Contribution of Thermal Waste Recycling to Energy Transition and Circular Economy

Rüdiger Bösing, ENERGY FROM WASTE, Commercial Director for North-East

EU Support for Coal Regions towards Clean Energy and Low Carbon Economy – the Experiences of EU Initiatives for Coal Regions in Transition

Anna Sobczak, DG Energy Representative, Policy Coordinator for Coal Regions in Transition in the Framework of EU Green Deal

Just Transition Fund: Supporting Regions affected by the Transition to Climate Neutrality

Sander Happaerts, DG Regio Representative, Policy Coordinator of Just Transition Fund at European Commission

Conclusion with Banquet and Networking

The conference will be organised in accordance with the measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus infections.

We have the right to change the program.

 

the 22nd of September 2021

Speakers:

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Peter Dermol

Mayor of the Municipality Velenje

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Ana Stanič

Lawyer at E&A Law London

Janez Rošer, PhD

Director of the Coal Mine Velenje

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Tomaž Korošec

President of the Savinjsko-Šalek Chamber of Commerce

Branko Meh

President of the Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Slovenia

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Blaž Košorok

State Secretary at the Ministry of Infrastructure of the Republic of Slovenia

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Simon Lamot

President of the Velenje Coal Mine Mining Union 

Branko Sevčnikar

President of the Trade Union of Energy Sector Workers of Slovenia

Mojca Pršina

Director-General of the Directorate for the Labour Market and Employment of the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities 

Event moderator:

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Jure Trampuš

Editor and Journalist of the weekly journal Mladina

 
 

Agenda 2

the 22nd of September 2021

The roundtables will encourage discourse on policies, programs, and measures for a Sustainable Energy Transition. Roundtable participants will answer questions on how to ensure structural changes accompanied by a legal basis. The discussions will focus on Legislation Concepts, in particular the law adaptation on the gradual closure of the Velenje Coal Mine and the definition of earmarked financial resources for the implementation of appropriate and safe gradual coal phase-out. 

12:30 - 14:30

ROUND TABLE – Key aspects of Restructuring and Closure of the Velenje Coal Mine

Peter Dermol, Mayor of the Municipality Velenje

Ana Stanič, Lawyer at E&A Law London

Mojca Pršina, Director-General of the Directorate for the Labour Market and Employment of the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities 

Tomaž Korošec, President of the Savinjsko-Šalek Chamber of Commerce

Branko Meh, President of the Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Slovenia

Blaž Košorok, State Secretary at the Ministry of Infrastructure of the Republic of Slovenia

Janez Rošer, General Director of the Coal Mine Velenje

Simon Lamot, President of the Velenje Coal Mine Mining Union

Branko Sevčnikar, President of the Trade Union of Energy Sector Workers of Slovenia

14:30 - 15:30

Conclusion with Banquet and Networking

The conference will be organised in accordance with the measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus infections.
We have the right to change the program.
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House of Culture Velenje

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The House of Culture is the city's cultural meeting point, intended for cultural events, celebrations, cultural performances, symposia etc. It is the work of the architect Otto Gaspari, built in 1959. The building is located on the northwest of the Tito Square in Velenje, a modern and distinctly geometrically designed urban platform, which is spatially defined by authorially designed, modern public buildings.

 

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