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The Just Transition Institute Greece – JTIG is a non-profit civil partnership with the main goal of implementing scientific activities in support of the effort of the affected areas to the developmental transformation during the period of lignite phase out. It was founded in 2020 in Kozani by people who live and work professionally in the wider territory of Western Macedonia. The regular and non-regular members of the Institute together with its honorary members wish to take an active part in shaping the social, environmental and economic perspective of the affected areas, for a sustainable future during and after the transition period.

The Vision of the Institute is: Assistance & support to institutions, companies, employees, unemployed and citizens in the transition areas that face the greatest challenges of their modern history.

Its’ aims are to support, promote & implement actions towards sustainable development during the period of transformation & regeneration of the economy, mainly in the areas of the country that are in the process of just transition, after their gradual complete lignite phase out (Western Macedonia and Megalopolis).

The individual targeting of JTIG mainly concerns interventions of economic development pillars such as green energy, smart agriculture, sustainable tourism, small industry/ artisanship and industry, the digital economy and of course the education – training of those who lose their jobs, but also of the unemployed or underemployed workers. The dynamic activation of the human resources of the transition areas is also a separate goal.


As of November 2021 Just Transition Institute Greece is a key member of the Just Transition Platform (JTP) Working Group, for the formulation of the Horizontal Strategy of the Stakeholders at EU level.

As of April 2022, Just Transition Institute Greece takes part in the “EU coal regions exchange programme” in cooperation with the Midlands Regional Enterprise Plan, Midland Region, Ireland .

As of July 2022 Just Transition Institute Greece is a part of the COALition project which is funded by Horizon Europe 2021-2027.

 As of October 2023 Just Transition Living Lab which was establishd by Just Transition Institute Greece and University of Western Macedonia was accepted as member of European Network of Living Labs-ENoLL.   
As of November 2023 Just Transition Institute Greece is part of  Transformer Project User Forum.


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🌟 Glad to share insights from the recent session at the Transformer Project User Forum on "Building the Roadmap for Successful Transition Super-Labs" led by Rupprecht Consult. Kostas Karamarkos, representing Just Transition Institute Greece, was part of the vibrant discussion!The primary goal? Crafting a blueprint for Transition Super-Labs that can be effectively replicated across diverse regions.What exactly are Transition Super-Labs. These are dynamic hubs comprising stakeholders from business, government, science, and civil society. They leverage co-creative methodologies to devise and execute a range of innovative solutions concurrently, all aimed at accelerating the journey towards climate neutrality within a specific region.In essence, Transition Super-Labs amplify the principles of living labs to a regional scale, directly tackling the monumental challenge of hastening the path to climate neutrality.Exciting times lie ahead as we work towards fostering sustainable transitions on a broader scale. Stay tuned for more updates on this transformative journey! 🚀 #TransitionSuperLabs #ClimateAction #Innovation #Sustainability #Collaboration ... See MoreSee Less
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💡 Ο Κωνσταντίνος Καραμάρκος, Σύμβουλος Στρατηγικής και συνιδρυτής του Ινστιτούτου Δίκαιης Μετάβασης Ελλάδας, συμμετέχει στην 10η έκδοση του «Europe, let's cooperate interregional cooperation forum», που λαμβάνει χώρα στην Αμβέρσα του Βελγίου. 🎉 To event φέρνει κοντά ανθρώπους που ενδιαφέρονται για τη διαπεριφερειακή συνεργασία από όλη την Ευρώπη. 🌟 Το Ινστιτούτο Δίκαιης Μετάβασης Ελλάδας εξερευνά ευκαιρίες δικτύωσης, ιδέες έργων και εμπειρίες από τη διαπεριφερειακή συνεργασία#europecooperatesr#justtransitioni#westernmacedoniadonia ... See MoreSee Less
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🌱✨ Το Ινστιτούτο Δίκαιης Μετάβασης Ελλάδας συμμετείχε στο Εργαστήριο Συνδημιουργίας Πολιτικής που διοργάνωσαν το Impact Hub Athens και οι Ενεργοί Νέοι ΟΕΝΕΦ - Active Youths OENEF, το οποίο πραγματοποιήθηκε στις 7 Μαρτίου στο Πανεπιστήμιο Δυτικής Μακεδονίας.Ήταν μια συλλογική προσπάθεια με στόχο την εξερεύνηση της στρατηγικής για την εξέλιξη της επιχειρηματικότητας στη Δυτική Μακεδονία, με σκοπό να γίνει πιο βιώσιμη και ανθεκτική.Το JTIG εκπροσώπησαν ο Kostarellas Yannis και ο επιχειρηματικός σύμβουλος Themis Liakos ... See MoreSee Less
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JTIG participated in an open lab in Brussels invited by the Transformer project consortium. While the transition to climate neutrality is urgently needed, the strategies to actually achieve this goal remain less defined. JTIG presented various ideas and tools to engage more effectively local stakeholders in the Just Transition processes.The #project considers entire regions as living laboratories, the so called #Transition Super-Labs, in which new ways of transformation towards a climate-neutral future can be developed, tested and implemented. It’s really important to have places there practitioners and scientists find #bestBractices to adopt.ENoLL - European Network of Living Labs ... See MoreSee Less
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JTIG members will participate to the Transformer Project event in Brussels, next Tuesday the 7th of Feb 2024. Participants will discuss the potential of the Transition Super-Lab approach and address how we can drive the transition towards climate neutrality in an inclusive and just manner. ... See MoreSee Less
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JTIG is participating to the Transformer User Forum exchanges to prepare the meeting in person (Brussels 6/2/2024) ... ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Just Transition Institute Greece
Στα προβλήματα που αντιμετωπίζει η υλοποίηση της μετάβασης της Δυτικής Μακεδονίας σε ένα νέο παραγωγικό μοντέλο, αναφέρθηκε ο Γιάννης Κωσταρέλλας, εκπροσωπώντας το Ινστιτούτο Δίκαιης Μετάβασης Ελλάδας, στο διαδραστικό εργαστήριο της Σχολής Ηλεκτρολόγων Μηχανικών και Μηχανικών Ηλεκτρονικών Υπολογιστών του Εθνικού Μετσόβιου Πολυτεχνείου, στο πλαίσιο του έργου JUSTEM, το απόγευμα της 29ης Ιανουαρίου.Στόχος του δεύτερου εργαστηρίου να αναδειχθούν κενά στον υφιστάμενο σχεδιασμό και να αναδειχθούν προτάσεις δράσεων από την πλευρά των πολιτών σε μια σειρά ζητημάτων που αφορούν την τοπική ανάπτυξη της Δυτικής Μακεδονίας. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Just Transition Institute Greece
Τις δυνατότητες ανάπτυξης του Αρχαιολογικού Τουρισμού ως πυλώνα της Δίκαιης Μετάβασης της περιοχής, ανέπτυξε η Αρχαιολόγος Σάσα Ελευθεριάδου , εκπροσωπώντας το Ινστιτούτο Δίκαιης Μετάβασης Ελλάδας Just Transition Institute Greece, στη Διημερίδα για τον Αναπτυξιακό ρόλο του Πολιτισμού στην εποχή της Μετάβασης, που διοργάνωσε η «Παρέμβαση» στην Κοζάνη.Η κα Ελευθεριάδου μεταξύ άλλων μίλησε για την σημασία προώθησης ενός βιώσιμου και υπεύθυνου αρχαιολογικού τουρισμού και την ανάγκη ορθού σχεδιασμού στην δημιουργία των αναγκαίων υποδομών. Απαραίτητο συστατικό η πολυεπίπεδη ενασχόληση με το θέμα και η συνεργασία όλων των εμπλεκομένων μερών, της κυβέρνησης, της Περιφέρειας, των δήμων, του ιδιωτικού τομέα (επαγγελματιών εστίασης, παραγωγών και ξενοδόχων), αλλά και των κατοίκων της περιοχής. «ο αρχαιολογικός τουρισμός μπορεί ΚΑΙ ΠΡΕΠΕΙ να θεωρηθεί συστατικό των διαδικασιών ανάπτυξης, καθώς μπορεί να επηρεάσει θετικά τις τοπικές κοινωνίες, μέχρι και να εγγυηθεί την ευημερία τους» κατέληξε.#justtransition #westernmacedonia ... See MoreSee Less
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📋Τα δύο Living Labs του Πανεπιστημίου Δυτικής Μακεδονίας Πανεπιστήμιο Δυτικής Μακεδονίας, παρουσίασε ο Κωνσταντίνος Καραμάρκος , συνιδρυτής του Ινστιτούτου Δίκαιης Μετάβασης Ελλάδας Just Transition Institute Greece και του Just Transition Living Lab, σε ενημερωτική εκδήλωση για ερευνητικούς φορείς του European Network of Living Labs ENoLL - European Network of Living Labs την Παρασκευή 19 Ιανουαρίου στην Αθήνα. Κομβικό σημείο της παρουσίασης η προσπάθεια τόσο του ΙΔΜΕλ όσο και του Πανεπιστημίου , το Just Transition Living Lab να συνδέει τα αποτελέσματα καινοτομίας και έρευνας με την προσπάθεια ανάκαμψης της περιφερειακής οικονομίας στην εποχή της Μετάβασης.#westertmacedonia #livinglabs #justtransition ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

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✍️Strategic planner and co founder of Just Transition Institute Greece Kostas Karamarkos selected by the Polibienestar Research Institute, Valencia between the 3 members of the Advisory Board of U-GARDEN, funded by JPI Urban Europe. ... See MoreSee Less
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Just Transition Institute Greece is a proud member of #Coalition!See more at ... See MoreSee Less
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🇪🇺Just Transition Institute Greece is glad to announce that it has been selected to participate in the TRANSFORMER project User Forum.The TRANSFORMER project aims to foster long-term systemic transformation in European regions, expediting the transition towards climate neutrality. A conceptual framework is being developed, mapping, defining, and categorizing Transition Super-Labs (TSLs). The project launched four pilot TSLs in the Ruhr area (DE), Emilia Romagna (IT), Lower Silesia (PL), and Western Macedonia (GR). The primary objective is to provide a roadmap blueprint, toolkit (including matchmaking mechanisms), and knowledge hub, supporting both pilot regions and others across Europe. Additionally, an evaluation framework will be established to measure the impact of TSLs in the pilot regions and assess the effectiveness of their tools and structures.As part of the TRANSFORMER project, a User Forum for the Transition Super Lab approach will be established . Transition Super Labs are regionally operating assemblies of representatives from business, government, science and civil society. These assemblies use co-creative methods to develop and implement a portfolio of multiple innovative solutions simultaneously to accelerate the transition to achieve climate neutrality in the region. In short, Transition Super Labs scale up living lab methodologies to fit a regional scale and address the big societal challenge of accelerating the way to climate neutrality.For more information ... See MoreSee Less
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🇪🇺🇬🇷Το ΙΔΜΕΛ, παρών στις διεθνείς εξελίξεις για την υλοποίηση του Ευρωπαϊκού σχεδίου της Δίκαιης Μετάβασης, συμμετείχε τις προηγούμενες ημέρες, στις εργασίες του 8ου Συνεδρίου της Πλατφόρμας Δίκαιης Μετάβασης, στις Βρυξέλλες.Το Ινστιτούτο Δίκαιης Μετάβασης, εκπροσώπησε το μέλος του Κωνσταντίνος Νίκου Kostas Nikou. Διαβάστε περισσότερα εδώ 👉 Transition Institute Greece participated in the eighth edition of the Just Transition Platform (JTP) Conference in Brussels.On Monday 23th of October, JTIG took part in the 7th meeting of the JTP Working Groups, where the working texts are formulated, for the finalization of the actions and the horizontal strategy, related to the Just Transition. These actions, once agreed and finalized, will be made public from January 2024, through the website of the Just Transition Platform.Immediately afterwards, the 8th Conference of the Just Transition Platform took place, in which actors from all over Europe participated. The Platform actively promotes the exchange of best practices among policy actors, with the aim of shaping and implementing Just Transition in practice. The Platform supports Regions in transition, both from previous lignite use, and from other forms of conventional fuels across Europe, such as coal, peat and other carbon-based economies.Just Transition Institute represented by its member Konstantinos Nikou. ... See MoreSee Less
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Coalition project presented at Cintran Regional Stakeholder Workshop in Kozani, Greece ... See MoreSee Less
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Meet the team

JTIG members are long time experienced in implementation of EU and national level projects.
Projects sectors are of a wide interest in regional, urban and peri urban level. Their involvement in projects also are regarding publicity, educational and training aspects as also in strategic sectors like entrepreneurship.
Karamarkos Konstantinos

Karamarkos Kostas

Strategic Planner

Freelancer, Mechanical Engineer of AUTh with economics and technical studies, has postgraduate studies in Strategic Management and MBA.

His activities in the technical-consulting field of urban and regional development strategic projects and his thirty years of experience in the preparation, organization, management and coordination of co-financed projects in Greece and the EU are crucial.

He is focusing on the fields of entrepreneurship & smart specialization in projects of Greece & the EU.

He is a collaborator of Regions & Municipalities of the country, the Council of Europe, as well as a lead expert of the Urbact, Interreg Europe, Horizon and EEA programs.

Kostarellas Ioannis

Kostarellas Ioannis

Media Expert

Professional in the field of communications with a background in economics and information systems (Msc Information Systems, University of Brighton).

He is a professional journalist (member of the Association of Editors of Daily Newspapers of Macedonia and Thrace and the European Journalism Center) for the last 15 years.

He has acted for 4 years as a Communication’s Officer of the Municipality of Kozani with an active role in the initiatives undertaken  for the Just Transition. He also specializes in Social Media.

He had been teaching information systems University of Western Macedonia).

Currently he is collaborating with private educational institutions in his capacity as a Certified Adult Educator (EOPPEP) in information systems and Social Media.

Michailidis Ilias

Michailidis Ilias

Training Expert

Graduate of the Physics Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, with postgraduate studies in Environmental Physics.

As a scientific collaborator of the atmosphere physics laboratory of AUTh has worked on air pollution issues. As a professional in education, he co-directs secondary schools (called frontistirio – crammer schools), a Center for Creative Employment of Children and a center for lifelong learning.

He participates in the professional trade union bodies of first and second degree educators. He is the president of the Association of educators of Western Macedonia (SEFDYM) and special secretary of the board of directors of the Federation of Educators of Greece (OEFE). He Participates in Regional Development project groups.

Nikou Konstantinos

Nikou Kostas

Business Strategist

Business Consultant since 2004. Equipped with a combined background of applied informatics and corporate investment expertise, he assists private companies into setting and implement sound and sustainable business plans.

Since 2015 he is Head of the Investments Department of the Alpha Estate Winery Greece. 

He holds a MBA from the International Hellenic University Greece) and a MSC in Financial Engineering from the ISMA University of Reading.

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