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AEBR Cross-Border School, “Governance of the Green Deal in the border regions”

Program Agenda

AEBR Cross-Border School

Governance of the Green Deal in the border regions

20th October 2021

Location: Radboud University, the Netherlands / a hybrid version


The aim of this CBS is to provide a broad perspective to the Green Deal. Our main question is: how to target governance problems arising from managing coal, wind, water and nuclear power.

9.45-10.00        Registration / coffee / tea


10.00-10.10      Opening of the AEBR CB School
10.10-10.20      Welcome by the Dean of Radboud University
10.20-10.30      Welcome by Province Gelderland


  • EU Commission, DG Regio

11.15-11.30      Radboud University


11.30-12.30      TOPIC 1: Economic transition: how to transfer industrial areas?

Many border regions in the EU have coal mines as the primary employer. Leaving the energy transition to the market in these borders can end up with an economic and social disaster. Under the topic 1 we will address the following questions: what can be done to develop these borders to face the changes? What can a border region do by itself? Is there a possibility for an economic policy to bring the border region out of the crisis to come? What would be the right administrative level to provide the policy and approach the crisis to come?

11.30-11.45      Administrative-legal challenges for the energy transition in border regions
11.45-12.00      Socio-cultural challenges for the energy transition in border regions
12.00-12.15      Using the social networks for energy transition
12.15-12.30      Discussions

12.30-13.30 Lunch break

13.30-14.30      TOPIC 2: Why in my back yard? Location of green energy facilities

Energy transition means more nuclear and/or windmill power. These plants can be built in locations with specific characteristics. Interestingly, most of the nuclear plants and windmill parks are located in the border regions. This raises many questions: How come that the required characteristics can be mainly found in the border regions? Why border regions are the target zones for nuclear plants and windmills? Or in other words: why border areas are looked at as a peripheral waste dump? Also, what are the externalities of these technologies in border regions? And what about the visual waste?

13.30-13.45      Energy colonialism / environmental colonialism
13.45-14.00      Managing local attitude
14.00-14.15      Managing border adjacent building and transport of energy
14.15-14.30      Discussions

14.30-15.00 Coffee Break

15.00-16.00      TOPIC 3: Cross-border management of sustainability

We need to manage the Green Deal related cross-border issues. However, we have currently experiences only with CB water management. But we need to manage the Green Deal and energy across border.

15.00-15.15      Cross-border management of water
15.15-15.30      Strategies for cross-border water management
15.30-15.45      What is the role of interreg and other EU programmes in CB sustainability management?
15.45-16.00      Discussion
16.00-16.30      Conclusions of the day – Panel discussion

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