EUKI Networking Conference 2021

Fit for Climate Action - Together for a Climate-Neutral Europe

23 - 24 November 2021



The EUKI Networking Conference 2021: Fit for Climate Action is intended to facilitate the exchange between EUKI project implementers as well as representatives of the BMU, EU Commission, the EUKI Secretariat and the municipal level. Representatives of ongoing and completed EUKI projects are invited to participate in and contribute to the discussion on what the pathway to a climate-neutral Europe could look like. In addition to promoting the exchange of best practices and knowledge, the conference will focus on you and your projects. Stay tuned! Your active participation is essential for the success of this event.



How can we transform Europe into a climate-neutral continent? The EUKI Networking Conference 2021 offers plenty of interactive workshops, networking opportunities and keynote sessions in which the participants can explore this question.  

Many inspiring speakers will be attending EUKICON21 to present their approaches, practical solutions and their innovative ideas for the European path towards net-zero.

Please note that the participation in this event is possible with prior registration only. You will receive a confirmation of the registration via email.

Day 1 (23 November 2021)

09:00 – 09:15

Welcome by Moderator Verena Ringler

Welcome to the European Climate Iniative (EUKI)  – Networking Conference Fit for Climate Action - Together for a Climate-Neutral Europe!

Welcoming speech by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

Dr. Silke Karcher – Head of Division, EU Climate and Energy Policy; European Climate Initiative; Carbon Markets. Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Germany

Ulrike Leis – Deputy Director Project Finance Programme EUKI, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

09:15 – 09:30

Introduction of Programme

We are pleased to welcome you to this year’s online edition with a preview of the program for our first day of the conference.

09:30 – 09:45

European Political Framework: The Road to a Climate-Neutral Europe

Yvon Slingenberg – Director DG Climate Action (CLIMA), EU Commission  will provide valuable and interesting information on the European political framework.

09:45 – 10:15

Keynote Speeches: Together for a Climate-Neutral Europe

How can we achieve a climate-neutral Europe? Which paths will lead us to the desired goal? You will receive answers and impulses to these and other questions by:

Jochen Flasbarth – State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany 

Dr. Metka Gorišek – State Secretary at the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Slovenia 

10:15 – 10:30

Coffee Break

Exhausted by the input? Grab a coffee and take a short break to process all the information. You can either do this on your own or with a group of conference attendees. For the latter, we have set up a networking room to share ideas, thoughts or to just chat. Feel free to spend your break as you like!

10:30 – 11:15

Inspirational contributions: Climate Transformation in Europe: How it works

Transformation is one of the most important buzzwords of this time. If we want to make the step towards a climate neutral Europe, we need to change pretty much every aspect of our lives. How can we make that happen? What ideas, approaches and practical implementations already exist, and which are still needed? Our expert will share his views on this topic.

Erion Veliaj  –  Mayor of Tirana, Albania

11:15 – 11:30

Who is the EUKI Community? – a short journey through Europe

The EUKI Community is the core part of the EUKI. With more than 150 projects and 300 organizations, the EUKI Community is constantly growing. And so is its diversity. To give you an overview of some of these diverse actors and projects, we are pleased to present our brand-new community video featuring many climate actors.

11:30 – 12:30

Fireplaces: What role does transformation play in your project?

The fireplaces offer the opportunity for each participants to meet other participants in an informal setting and exchange about current topics, their experiences and beyond.

Match making: Informal meetings in small groups

12:30 – 12:45

Closing Session and Outlook

Tune in. You will get an overview of the first conference day and a preview on the upcoming day.

Wrap Up and Conclusion

Open end

*Open spaces to exchange virtually after the conference.

Are you interested in networking for future project proposals? You will have the opportunity to meet other participants and network with them in an informal setting after the EUKI networking conference. 

*(Networking tables: energy; climate policy; sustainable economy; financing; buildings and municipal development; mobility; awareness; agriculture, soils and forestry)

Day 2 (24 November 2021)

10:00 – 10:15

Welcome and Introduction of Programme

We are looking forward to welcome you at the second day of EUKI`s networking conference day.

10:15 – 11:45

1. Round of Thematic Workshop Sessions

By the community, for the community! Seven EUKI projects will share their experience and their know-how with you. Since we have a diverse and wide range of project topics, there is something for everyone.

1. The energy transition in the Balkans: Lessons for leapfrogging?

2. Citizens’ involvement in EU climate policy making  – insights from the Conference on the Future of Europe

3. Improved communications for climate mitigation practices in agriculture.

4. European hydrogen markets and infrastructures

5. Tools for the efficient allocation of EU funds

6. Green entrepreneurship as an engine for transition

7. Energy cooperatives in Central and Eastern Europe as a means to empower local communities in their sustainable transition

11:45 – 13:00

Lunch Break

Enjoy your lunch break and take time to process all the information. You can either be by yourself or with a group of other participants. We have set up a networking room to exchange ideas, thoughts or to simply chitchat. Feel free to spend your break however you like!

13:00 – 14:30

2. Round of Thematic Workshop Sessions

Second round: by the community for the community!

We will cover different topics like sustainable nutrition, green reen entrepreneurship, vertical communication and collaboration for climate action. Join your favorite session!

1. How to integrate food into climate protection and climate change into sustainable nutrition? Linking of two transitions.

2. Europe on Rail: Strengthening the European spirit with a rail renaissance

3. Policies and Communication Strategies to Better Shape Building Renovation in the CEE Region

4. Refugee Rights' Defenders for European Climate Law

5. Vertical communication and collaboration for climate action

6. Addressing climate change and environmental-related issues through child–led advocacy efforts.

7. Experiences of the projects advocating for energy transition in the Western Balkans

14:30 – 14:45

Wrap-up of Workshop Sessions 

14:45 – 15:15

Launch of 6th EUKI Call

We will officially have a 6th Call for new project ideas in 2022! You will receive first-hand information on dates and everything else.

Caterina Salb – Policy Officer EU Climate Policy and European Climate Initiative. Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Germany

Benjamin Struss - Advisor for Energy and Climate Policy, EUKI Secretariat, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Germany

15:15 – 15:30

Closing Session and Goodbye

It was a pleasure having you on board!

Wrap Up and Presentation of Digital Board




EUKI consists of more than 150 climate protection projects, almost 300 implementing organizations and all the people who are involved. At the EUKI conference, you can come together to share your ideas within this large network of European climate activists.



We are happy to announce that we’ve received a great amount of proposals and ideas. Due to all these contributions, we can offer you a wide range of virtual workshops - Special thanks to everyone! We are looking forward to your sessions.



Poster exhibition

Be part of the EUKI online poster exhibition and create your own project poster to share with your fellow participants! Click here for more information. You can find a template here if you need some inspiration.



EUKI Background effects

Please download our official EUKI Networking Conference background effects here and use it as your virtual background during the conference.



Please contact us if you have any questions.


In the past one and a half years, networking opportunities have been limited. We have made an extra effort to make this conference as interactive as possible and create meeting points where you can easily connect with other EUKI project implementers and share your ideas. Two weeks ahead of the conference, we will launch a virtual networking platform where you can get in touch with other participants. Through tags, you will be able to search for people with similar or totally different interests and expertise. Stay tuned!



In case of any questions or comments please contact:

European Climate Initiative (EUKI) Secretariat



Tel: +49 (0)30 / 24 63 28 616