EU — It is now four years since the EU's Clean Energy for All Europeans package had been adopted. How much progress has been made since then on the national levels? This project looks at Croatia, Germany, Poland, Greece, and Bulgaria.

This project investigated the progress of five member states – Croatia, Germany, Poland, Greece, and Bulgaria -- four years after the EU's Clean Energy for All Europeans package.

The legislation was designed to pave the way for prosumers and collective clean energy projects to play central roles in Europe's new, low-carbon energy system. Since 2019, national legislation has been drawn up in every EU country to make community energy possible where was hitherto unknown – and more sophisticated where it already exists.

The five journalists and the Deutsche Welle found that progress in Central and Eastern Europe is incremental, at best. The state-run energy utilities and conventional energy lobbies are hugely power and see community energy as a threat and a hassle. But determined energy activists have pushed from below to expedite reforms and progress. There are now energy cooperatives in every country that we researched, the nature of which readers can learn about in our five reports.

Photo: Bürgerenergie Rhein-Sieg eG/ Thomas Schmitz.

The team and project has been coordinated by Deutsche Welle Programs for Europe, Deutsche Welle or DW is a German public state- owned international broadcaster funded by the German federal tax budget.

Team members

Paul Hockenos

Paul Hockenos is a Berlin-based American journalist.

Paul Hockenos

Jeannette Cwienk

Jeannette Cwienk is a German environmental journalist. 

Dalibor Dobrić

Dalibor Dobrić is a Croatian journalist who covers energy markets, green transition and economy.

Dalibor Dobrić

Alexia Kalaitzi

Alexia Kalaitzi is a Greek journalist for Greek and international media.

Alexia Kalaitzi

Mina Kirkova

Mina Kirkova is a Bulgarian author and contributing editor.

Mina Kirkova Bulgarian journalist

Rüdiger Rossig

Rüdiger Rossig is an editor for Deutsche Welle's programs for Europe.

Rüdiger Rossig

Marta Thor

Marta Thor is a journalist and photographer based in South-West Germany and Poland.

Martha Thor

Deutsche Welle - DW

Deutsche Welle (DW) is Germany’s international broadcaster and one of the most successful and relevant international media outlets.

Deutsche Welle
€10.700, allocated on 23/05/2023

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