Webinar | What infrastructure for a just transition?

Tuesday 7th February 2023 | 17:30 – 19:00 CET

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The European Recovery and Resilience Facility provides a major injection of public funding into the Member States’ economies. It has been presented as a green response to the economic crisis following the Covid-19 pandemic. Regrettably, a glance at the various national recovery and resilience plans (NRRPs), as well as other public investments proposed by governments, reveals a rather different situation: often characterized by mega-infrastructure defined long before the pandemic; somehow functional to an environmentally, climatically and socially unsustainable economic model; and decided without sufficient participation by local communities, which risk exacerbating the crisis instead of fostering its transformation in terms of social justice.

During this meeting, we will look at two major Italian infrastructure: the new breakwater in Genoa, funded by the Italian RRP, and the widening of the Bologna highway bypass, a public infrastructure presented as a symbol of ecological transition. We will also turn our gaze to Estonia, with the Estonian Green Movement’s testimony on the Rail Baltica infrastructure, also funded by the Estonian RRP. We will hear some alternative proposals from the territories, based on an economic, climate and social justice perspective, which will serve as a stimulus for an extended exchange with the participants in the second part of the meeting.


  • Filippo Taglieri, ReCommon: The case of the new breakwater in Genoa
  • Maurizio Würtz, Biologist: The impact of the breakwater on the marine environment and biodiversity
  • Luca Tassinari, Comitato “No Passante” (Bologna): Reasons for the No and bottom-up alternatives
  • Johanna Kuld, Estonian Green Movement: Recovery and Resilience Facility funding for the controversial Rail Baltica

Moderator of the meeting: Eva Pastorelli, CEE Bankwatch Network.

This webinar is organized within the “Citizens’ Observatory for Green Deal Financing” project, financed by European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), and is the first in a series that will continue over the coming months.

Participation is free of charge. Please register here to participate.

English simultaneous translation will be provided.

Recording from the webinar:

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