Second meeting for EmpowerMed partners: an inspiring and motivating gathering

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After a year and a half of COVID-19 pandemia, EmpowerMed project partners gathered for their second project meeting, which was organised in a hybrid manner. One part met in Vlora, Albania, while the other were attending remotely. 

Partners discussed the progress of the project, and how to engage citizens and other stakeholders in the project activities for addressing energy poverty in practice during the Covid situation. The group agreed that the needs of the citizens affected by energy poverty are as important, and even more, in the Covid situation, as it was before and that the implementation of practical solutions and measures need to be done with increased efforts. 

The meeting also opened a possibility to discuss the project’s advocacy activities, which need to start sooner than planned in order to make contributions to the discussions of the European Green Deal and Fit for 55 package. Project’s findings on gender aspects of energy poverty, summer energy poverty, health related issues and specifics of the Mediterranean region represent an important contribution to the ongoing European debates on energy transition, hence partners will strengthen their advocacy efforts. 

EmpowerMed consortium extends big thanks to its Albanian partner, Milieukontakt Albania, for welcoming us in Vlora, their EmpowerMed pilot site, as well as to their local partners who support the work of EmpowerMed.