Stara Zagora Hosts International Social Policy Dialogue on Just Transition to Net Zero 2023

Stara Zagora, November 29, 2023 - The Regional Economic Development Agency - Stara Zagora (SZ REDA) is set to host the 4th international edition of the Social Policy Dialogue on the Just Transition to Net Zero on November 29, 2023, at 9:45 a.m. in the city of Stara Zagora.

In response to the global call for sustainable development over the next 30 years, leading economies worldwide are collaborating with various stakeholders to innovate energy and resource utilization while transitioning to non-fossil fuel-based energy production. This transition poses unique challenges, particularly for regions like Stara Zagora, prompting SZ REDA to spearhead efforts in finding viable solutions.

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Founded 28 years ago by the Municipality of Stara Zagora, Thrace University, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, SZ REDA has undertaken a pivotal role as a leading partner in an international consortium within the EU – the De Carb project. This initiative aims to develop and share effective models and practices for the transition to a carbon-neutral economy.

The Social Policy Dialogue, born out of the successful 5-year project “Social Dialogue for Public Policies: New Energy Mix,” will focus on the experiences and lessons learned in the preparation and implementation of Territorial Plans for a Just Transition (TPSP) by international partners. This event follows the 8th meeting of the Coal Regions in Transition Platform and the EU Hydrogen Week, where SZ REDA actively participated.

Mayors of municipalities, representatives from business organizations, and various institutions have been invited to join the dialogue. International partners will share their insights, shedding light on successful strategies for transitioning to a low-carbon economy.

The event serves as a platform for the presentation of good practices discussed during the Coal Regions in Transition Platform meeting, which are deemed relevant to the development of the Stara Zagora region. The occasion aims to facilitate further collaboration and knowledge exchange among stakeholders.

For more information, interested parties can contact Maria Hristova, Administrative Manager, at 087 90 21 998, or Dr. Rumyana Grozeva, Executive Director, at 087 90 21 999. Additionally, inquiries can be directed to management@szeda.eu.

As Stara Zagora grapples with the challenges of a just transition to a carbon-neutral economy, the Social Policy Dialogue serves as a critical platform for fostering collaboration and sharing best practices on the road to a sustainable future.