Socio-Ecological Transformation in SEE

The FES Dialogue Southeast Europe aims to address social challenges in climate and energy policy in the region. Climate change represents perhaps the biggest social challenge of the 21st century, as the issue is closely related to a good quality of life for all and a sustainable transformation of energy production. Social issues and ecological concerns are deeply interconnected. The FES globally advocates for a wide-reaching socio-ecological transformation, which would enable a higher quality of life for all while respecting the limitations of our planet's resources.

Our activities intend to contribute to a social-democratic understanding of climate and energy policies along these lines, through different levels of engagement. Together with its partners throughout the region, the FES intends to strengthen the notion of crucial social challenges and raise awareness for the need of sustainable and just energy and climate policies.

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The Political Economy of Energy Transition in Southeast Europe

This study aims to explore and eventually communicate the causes for the inaction and determent by decision-makers, private interests, and other structures from supporting an energy transition in Southeast Europe. Additionally, it aims to identify potential avenues and platforms that would be able to circumvent or overcome opposing factors and be likely to receive support for an energy transition in Southeast Europe. In essence: What would need to happen for an energy transition to take place?

The study is now available to download at this link.

Inclusive Energy Transition in Southeast Europe as an Opportunity


This study aims to determine and eventually communicate the potential for and opportunities connected to an inclusive energy transition in SEE, based on contextualized geographical, political, social and economic information as well as bottom-up, local, and community perspectives. It will also emphasize potential co-benefits that an inclusive energy transition would create.

The study is now available to download at this link.


Engaging political parties, trade unions and activists in socio-ecological transformation of the Western Balkans

Energy transition is a complex, time consuming yet also pressing issue of our time. It can be even more difficult if we are not familiar with the structure of this process, and what it actually entails. The "Engaging political parties, trade unions and activists in socio-ecological transformation in the Western Balkans" aims to transfer knowledge, skills, and methodology often used for making energy transition and climate change policies, all while forging new networks of people sharing the socio-democratic values.

We aim to work with  progressive political party members, members of energy-intensive industries trade unions, and grass-roots activists. In the end, these participants can be more prepared to argue for socially just energy transition and actively participate in the policymaking process. Through a series of brief online lectures, interactive workshops, trainings, and debates, the study will describe how polices are made, what are the rationales behind them as well as how different actors and factors shape them.

For more information about the study, and how to participate, please refer to the concept note.

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