The APPROVE final event Citizen Participation: the key to building public support for the energy transition is planned for June 1st 2022 (9.30-13.00 CEST).

The event aims to display how APPROVE partners through interregional and cross-sectoral cooperation have enhanced policy instruments to tackle barriers to the development of Renewable Energy Sources.

The event will take place in Brussels and it will also be available in streaming.

Stay tuned, more details coming soon!



Preliminary session 9.00-10.20 CEST

9.00-9.30 Registration and coffee

9.30-9.40 Opening and welcome, Mika Riipi, County Governor, Regional Council of Lapland

9.40-10.00 Interreg Europe latest news, Policy Officer, Interreg Europe Secretariat

10.00-10.20 Keynote Speech, Energy & Engagement, Giuliana Gemini, Poliedra - Politecnico di Milano


Round table – APPROVE Show Cases on Citizen Engagement to Accelerate Energy Transition 10.20-11.45 CEST

10.20-10.30 Facilitating just energy transition in the regional and local context, Päivi Ekdahl, Development Director, Regional Council of Lapland

10.30-10.40 Action needed to enhance the performance and impact of the Structural Funds in the energy transition, Kalliopi Tesia, Region of Epirus

10.40-10.50 Engaging citizens and project proponents for the transition to renewable energy, Sophie Rottier, Normandy Regional Council

10.50-11.00 Renewing regional renewable energy perspectives, Rafael Ayuste Cupido, Head of Planning and Promotion Energy Projects Department, Regional public energy entity of Castilla y León (EREN)

11.00-11.20 Roundtable discussion – main findings and lessons learned facilitated by Jukka Teräs

11.20-11.50 Coffee break + discussions


Round table Interregional Collaboration Encouraging Regional Authorities to Orchestrate Energy Transition 11.50-13.00 CEST

Commission for the Environment, Climate change and Energy (ENVE) - involving local and regional authorities to develop better climate and energy policies, Mikkel Näkkeläjärvi, Lapland member in the CoR and ENVE

Covenant of the Mayors, speaker TBC

Energy Cities, speaker TBC

The Circular Cities & Regions Initiative (CCRI) – supporting the energy generation from renewable sources, ERRIN speaker TBC

Life sub-programme clean energy transition - Building a national, regional and local policy framework supporting the clean energy transition, CINEA speaker TBC

Roundtable discussion – resulting recommendations facilitated by Jukka Teräs