The Northern Netherlands wants hundreds of millions of euros from the European Just Transition Fund, a fund that forms part of the European Commission’s climate plans. The provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe and the municipalities of Groningen, Leeuwarden, Assen and Emmen write this in a letter to State Secretary Keijzer of Economic Affairs.
With the hundreds of millions of euros, the provinces and municipalities want, among other things, to absorb the blows of the rapid decline in gas production, which would put thousands of jobs at risk.
Part of the investment should go to renewable energy projects, such as hydrogen, but also to training and innovation. The North says it wants to become a “large-scale hub” for “renewable and clean energy and forward-looking technology” in the future.
The Cabinet will ultimately decide on the distribution of the money from the fund. “The Cabinet should not wait any longer and start working with the Northern Netherlands”, say provinces and municipalities in a joint statement. A parliamentary majority previously called on the Cabinet to enter into talks with the North about the fund.
New and additional jobs
“We are ready in Groningen to build the energy transition. That is in the interests of the Netherlands and Europe, but especially Groningen”, says René Paas, Commissioner of the King of the Province of Groningen. “It will create new and extra jobs that we can use very well here.”
The Frisian representative of Economic Affairs Sander de Rouwe thinks that thousands of new jobs can be created, partly thanks to the fund.
The Just Transition Fund is intended to provide EUR 17.5 billion for the EU as a whole. The fund is intended to support areas that are still dependent on fossil industry.