European Green Deal
: transição ecológica em prejuízo da coesão? : análise ao Fundo de Transição Justa, sob a perspetiva portuguesa

  • João Francisco Passanha Baptista da Silva (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


This dissertation focuses on the Just Transition Fund, the main instrument of the Just Transition Mechanism, created by the European Commission, to assist the process of ecological conversion that the Union proposes to embark on, through the European Green Deal. The main aim is to ascertain whether the Just Transition Fund, as formulated, ensures an effectively just transition to a green and circular economy, especially with regard to the Portuguese situation, as an EU Member State that is the recipient of cohesion policies.To this end, we proceeded to the treatment and analysis of concepts central to the theme of the thesis: green economy and circular economy, just transition, and European cohesion. Having established how the aforementioned concepts should be interpreted and applied throughout the thesis, there followed the identification of the political challenges that the European Union faces to execute an ecological transition, as well as an analysis of the composition and functioning of the Just Transition Fund, an analysis regarding what is expected to be its intervention in Portugal, and to its allocation method, according to its current formulation. Based on the conclusions reached throughout the body of the dissertation, it ends with the substantiated negative answer to the starting question.
Date of Award28 Apr 2021
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorSónia Ribeiro (Supervisor) & Ricardo Manuel de Magalhães Pinheiro Alves (Co-Supervisor)


  • Portugal
  • European Union
  • European Green Deal
  • Ecological transition
  • Green economy
  • Circular economy
  • Just transition
  • Just Transition Fund
  • European cohesion


  • Mestrado em Ciência Política e Relações Internacionais: Segurança e Defesa

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