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Get ready – EUKI is just about to launch call for cross-border climate projects

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November 16, 2020

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The European Climate Initiative – EUKI is about to start its fifth round of financing climate protection projects and invite nongovernmental organizations, public authorities, academic and educational institutions, and other nonprofits to send proposals.

Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) is preparing the fifth ideas competition of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). The EUKI Call should be published on November 25, inviting nonprofits to submit their project ideas for cross-border climate protection by January 19.

Eight areas of activities

EUKI finances projects in European Union member states and candidate countries and connects local actors with the aim to introduce a common and ambitious climate protection policy. There are eight areas of activities: climate policy; energy; buildings and municipalities; mobility; agriculture, soils and forestry; awareness; climate-aligned finance; and sustainable economy.

The EUKI Call has a goal to foster common and ambitious climate policy, European cooperation and knowledge sharing

The focus is on Central, Eastern and Southern Europe and the Baltic nations. Grants between EUR 50,000 and EUR 1 million were approved in the previous round. The project duration was limited to 28 months.

More than one hundred climate protection projects were supported so far. The program was initiated in 2017.

Nongovernmental organizations, public authorities, academic and educational institutions and other nonprofit entities can outline climate action that would strengthen European cooperation and enable knowledge sharing. EUKI has a network of more than two hundred participants. Financing is aimed at projects at a national, regional or local level.

EU candidate countries can participate

Organizations from candidate countries were able to participate for the first time in the fourth EUKI Call, as implementing partners. A total of 32 projects were selected, of which 20 in the region tracked by the Balkan Green Energy News. There are participants from at least two countries per project.

The program began in 2017

Romania took the lead last time, as it is involved in nine of the twenty projects, followed by eight for Croatia and seven for Slovenia. Next is Greece, with six, and Serbia participates in one less. There are four projects for Bulgaria, two each in Albania and Montenegro, and one in Kosovo.

*This article was co-developed by the European Climate Initiative EUKI.

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