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Just Transition Commissioner welcomes funding boost for local opportunities

Jul 29, 2022 14:05 By Shannonside News
Just Transition Commissioner welcomes funding boost for local opportunities
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The fund available for projects to tap into has effectively been doubled.

The Just Transition Commissioner is hopeful several large-scale projects in the Shannonside region will begin to make progress in the coming months.

This week the government confirmed that it will match the EU fund for communities moving away from their dependence on fossil fuels as a key source of economic activity.

It means that there will now be over 160 million euro available for groups for projects in local communities that have been affected  by the loss of Bord na Mona

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Kieran Mulvey previously appealed for a reduction in red tape by the EU in order to allow projects to get started faster.

He is hopeful that significant work will be done in the autumn to allow more projects to get off the ground next year

"From the autumn we will have the draft legislation for Just Transition and the establishment of the Just Transition office on a statutory basis.

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Now that the funding and the guidelines for the just Transition Fund are emerging, look, we have if people take a break in August, I'd be advocating that those who are interested in developing projects and submitting information to get their thinking caps and build their capacity to achieve that for when submissions are called."

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