Energy for Future

Cohesion policy is the European Union’s main tool for promoting economic growth and social welfare, by achieving a more homogeneous level of development across its territories and by particularly stimulating less developed and depressed regions. In 2021-2023, we have illustrated through the Work4Future project the challenges faced by South-Eastern European regions and the initiatives promoted thanks to cohesion funds. Building on this experience, we continue our engagement with the Energy4Future project that aims to explore and narrate the support that cohesion funds provide to counter energy crisis and energy poverty and by stimulating energy transition at the European level.

OBC Transeuropa contributes to the Energy4Future project together with Il Sole 24 Ore ISSiRFA/CNR  and PressOne .



COHESION Renewable energy, more EU funds in the 2021-2027 period

Ornaldo Gjergji | 12/4/2024

With the funds allocated by cohesion policy, the EU has significantly increased investments in the production of renewable energy, thus providing significant help to member states in achieving decarbonisation objectives

ENERGY Romania: Green Energy on Apartment Blocks

Laura Popa | 29/3/2024

Installing photovoltaic panels in condominiums in Romania can be a real challenge, given the difficulty of obtaining permits and authorizations. But to increase the impact of solar we must also promote a community attitude on energy and ecological issues

EUROPEAN FUNDS Croatia, Plenković against the European Prosecutor's Office

Zagreb | Giovanni Vale | 14/3/2024

Post-earthquake European funds awarded without tender: according to a journalistic investigation, this is embezzlement. This is where an open conflict arises between the European Prosecutor's Office and Croatian Prime Minister Plenković, which risks having repercussions also on the upcoming legislative elections

COHESION EU funds: absorption difficulties persist

Maura Madeddu | 12/3/2024

A study by the European Parliament examined the use of cohesion funds in the seven-year period 2014-2020, highlighting a decrease in absorption rates. It is necessary to reform the administrative system at national level and simplify the rules governing cohesion policy

ENERGY Romania, if delays slow down the photovoltaic sector

Laura Popa | 5/3/2024

Romania produces more and more photovoltaic energy also thanks to the rapid increase in prosumers - consumers who resell excess energy from their panels to the grid. A virtuous process, but limited by long delays in payments and an unclear legal framework

INTERVIEW “Green” airports: the goal of Puglia, Albania and Montenegro

Paola Rosà | 28/2/2024

An Interreg cross-border cooperation project to reduce CO2 emissions at all levels, from aircraft engines to plastic consumption on the ground, has produced a practical handbook. We interviewed two of the main managers, Anita Maurodinoia and Vito Antonio Antonacci

INTERVIEW KLIK, the Croatian energy cooperative

Zagreb | Giovanni Vale | 27/2/2024

A women's cooperative that serves as an information point for energy and climate issues: in 2023, KLIK received the European Commission's European Sustainable Energy award for developing an energy community in Croatia "that brings clean energy to citizens"

ENVIRONMENT Montenegro rethinks airports in a European perspective

Paola Rosà | 19/2/2024

Thanks to the cohesion funds of the European SOLAR project, carried out in collaboration by Montenegro, Italy and Albania, measures to contain greenhouse gases and improve energy efficiency are being studied, with a view to the EU accession process

INTERVIEW Romanian counties receiving over €2 billion from the EU for more green

Laura Popa | 13/2/2024

In addition to EU structural and investment funds, from 2021 Romania also has access to money from the Just Transition Programme. What does this programme mean, how much money can Romania actually receive and what is it earmarked for?

INTERVIEW Right to health: borders as opportunities

Serena Epis | 12/2/2024

For citizens of border areas, accessing quality healthcare services can be difficult. Cross-border cooperation, also thanks to EU cohesion policy, can be effective in guaranteeing the right to health for all. An interview

COHESION Why the Romanian state is not attracting more EU funds, even though it needs the money

Laura Popa | 6/2/2024

Since 2007, the year Romania entered the EU, over 62 billion euros have flowed into the country from the EU. There could have been more, but the Romanian state failed to attract them all. Why?

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EU Cohesion datasets

OBC Transeuropa has produced 6 datasets in the frame of the Work4Future project to support its journalistic production.
The datasets refer to EU cohesion policy and funds, and can be consulted and downloaded from the following link


This content is published in the context of the "Energy4Future" project co-financed by the European Union (EU). The EU is in no way responsible for the information or views expressed within the framework of the project. The responsibility for the contents lies solely with OBC Transeuropa.