Structural Change – Tackle it together!

Conference on coal phase-out and the social and ecological challenges


Structural Change – Tackle it together!

Conference on coal phase-out and the social and ecological challenges


*Public conference*

Languages: Polish, English, German




Date: Saturday, 1 December 2018




Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.




Venue: Gleis 1 – KulTourPunkt, Bahnhofstraße 76, 02826 Goerlitz, Saxony, Germany (near the Polish-German border)




Languages: German, Polish, English




Right before the 24th international conference on climate change (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, we would like to discuss how the structural change in the coal regions of the EU can be tackled and which impact the global pledges to reduce CO2 emissions and the phase-out of coal will have. Which alternative perspectives do exist for the citizens living in regions dominated by the coal sector? How can we achieve a just and ecological structural change for Lusatia and other coal regions? How can we develop a concept for structural change taking into account the different points of view and interests? Where do we find inspiring examples of successful projects? How is local and European politics required to ensure a fast ecological transition and socially just solutions? What kind of left ideas do we have to offer good prospects to the people while avoiding ecological setbacks?


During the conference we will exchange views with local politicians, trade unionists and climate justice activists coming from Saxony, Brandenburg and Poland.


You are kindly invited to attend our conference and contribute to our discussion.








11.00 Welcome by Facilitator Mirko Schultze (DIE LINKE, Goerlitz) and Janna Aljets (RLS Brussels)




Introduction by Cornelia Ernst, Member of European parliament, Left Group GUE/NGL






11.30 Panel 1 Proposals from realm of politics


Caren Lay, Member of DIE LINKE. in the Bundestag (German national parliament), Germany


Thomas Domres, DIE LINKE., Regional parliament Brandenburg, Germany


Kathrin Kagelmann, DIE LINKE., Regional parliament, Saxony, Germany


Janusz Piechocki, Mayor Margonin, Poland




13.00 Lunch break (Lunch will be provided at the venue)




14.00 Panel 2 Local initiatives against coal


Adrian Rinnert, Citizen Initiative, Strukturwandel jetzt!, Saxony, Germany


Monika Sadkowska, Climate Activist, Poland


Isabell Braunger, Researcher TU Berlin, Research Group on CoalExit




15.00 Coffee break




15.30 Panel 3 Controversies and challenges of structural change (as fishbowl)


Filip Chudy, RAZEM, Poland


Ruth Krohn, Climate Justice Activist


Oliver Heinrich, trade union IG BCE, Germany




16.30 Final discussion




Contact persons:


Manuela Kropp, Office MEP Cornelia Ernst, GUE/NGL:


Janna Aljets, RLS Brussels:






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We are looking forward to welcoming you at our conference!




Please feel free to forward this invitation to your peers and colleagues.




This conference is organised by the Left group in the European parliament GUE/NGL, the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Brussels in cooperation with the RLS Saxony and the office of Mirko Schultze.


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