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ClientEarth Communications

22nd October 2019

State Aid

Conference: State aid perspectives on the “Coal-to-Clean Transition” in Europe

Join ClientEarth and Agora Energiewende for a conference on 'State aid perspectives on the “Coal-to-Clean Transition” in Europe'.

When: 14 November 2019, from 09:00-16:00, at Club De Warande, Brussels.

Download the slides presented during the conference


The "Coal-to-Clean Transition" is at the heart of European power sector decarbonisation. Successful Coal-to-Clean transition strategies are underpinned by long-term political commitment to a just and fair transition, by robust administrative planning as well as supportive measures. Some of the measures in Coal-to-Clean transition strategies may qualify as State aid under EU law and thus require prior approval by the European Commission to be permitted. For the “Coal-to-Clean Transition” this may involve compensation payments for the closure of coal facilities, interventions to ensure security of electricity supply, support payments for the rapid scaling of renewable power or efforts to achieving a fair and just transition in regions hitherto dependent on coal mining or coal use.

This high-level conference will provide a space for dialogue and exchange between EU decision-makers, stakeholders and experts. It is part of a research and dialogue project jointly conducted by Agora Energiewende and ClientEarth that appraises the role of EU State aid law and decisions in the decarbonisation of Europe.

The conference will be held in English.


The agenda with all speakers and further details will soon be published.


This event participation is free of charge. You can register for the conference here.

Registration is open until 7 November 2019.

Event details

What: State aid perspectives on the “Coal-to-Clean Transition” in Europe

When: 14.11.2019, from: 09:00 - 16:00

Where: Club De Warande, Zinnerstraat 1, 1000 Brussels

Room: Conference room De Warande


If you require barrier-free access, please contact Nikola Bock from Agora Energiewende.

CO2 footprint

We recommend travelling to this event by way of public transportation: Belgian Train and/or STIB.

The project is financed by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).