Good Energy and Economy – Transforming Communities through Collaboration Between Energy Cooperatives and Local Authorities

International Conference

The concept of Common towards an economic, social, ecological democracy

For more than 5 years we organize seminars on the Common, we crossed many practical experiences with academic research on the concept of the Common realized a first e-book on the subject.
It seems to us more and more obvious that this concept of the common can give a framework to an alternative project of left embracing at the same time the social, economic emocratic and ecological question.
Many seminars, are organized on common goods, common … We believe that the role of transform! is to bring this concept as a central political issue and also to avoid it being misguided, including recovered by capitalism that prepares us a society where the owners are still masters of the world but totally hidden in an “uberized” society.

This concept of the Common speaks more and more to those who wish a social transformation in agreement with an ecological transition.
It appears as a process more relevant, more dynamic than the concepts of socialism or communism tainted by experiences leading to dead ends.
The concept of the common is based on two fundamental principles:
1-the social and democratic construction that is the process of the Common
2-The Common process is governed by the right of use which replaces the right of capitalist property, which governs all of our present Western societies

To fight for the common today is to fight against this inalienable right of property which overhangs all other rights.

Some Common rights have existed in the past, but they have all been eradicated by capitalism, going further and further into the commodification of society.
It is against this that the concept of Common fights and try to build  another society. Many experiences exist, micro farming experiences, a new municipalism reclaiming new, more participatory rights, on the issue of water, energy, cooperativs, selfmanaged entreprises struggles against land grabbing, and “unnecessary big projects”.
From all  these experiences clash against the question of institutions and the state necessary for sustainability of the Common and also to its generalization
For all these reasons and strong of our past seminars, we would like to organize in June 2019.
Our presence in Zagreb will also be an opportunity to meet and discuss with the energy transition movements that will be meeting in the city for their assembly in those days.
A general conference will be held on May 31 to transform! europe will participate with two members of the commons working group, who will present the work we are working on.

On June 1st and 2nd we will hold one of our seminars which will be attended by representatives of the movements that will participate in the initiatives in the city.


With support of:



Thursday 30th May 2019

Day 1 – Arrival Day (open to public)




Energy Remunicipalisation
Panelists include representatives from, Climake-KIC, Energy Cities and experts from the mPower project consortiumLocation: House of Europe (Ulica Augusta Cesarca 4)
19.00-20.00 Guided tour through Zagreb with ZEZ and members

Location: European Square

20.00-22.00 Social dinner

Location: Brewery Mali medo


Friday 31st May 2019

Day 2 – International Conference (open to everyone)

Location: Kino Tuskanac

09.15-09.45 Registration & welcome coffee
09.45-10.15 Welcome & introduction

·         Dirk Vansintjan,

·         Zoran Kordić, Green Energy Cooperative (ZEZ)

·         Dražen Šimleša, Green Network for Activist Groups (ZMAG)

·         Roberto Morea, transform! europe

10.15-11.00 World Café

·         Dirk Vansintjan,

·         Jason Nardi, RIPESS network

·         Francine Mestrum, transform! europe


Moderators: Vaiva Indilaite i Sara Tachelet,

11.00-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-12.30       Pecha Kucha

How can local authorities (including cities and municipalities) work with citizens energy cooperatives to accelerate the energy transition at the local level?

·         Maëlle Guillou, Enercoop (FR)

·         Erik Christiansen, EBO (DK)

·         Mario Rajn, Grad Križevci (CRO)

·         Siward Zomer, De Windvogel (NL)

·         Mark Lunley, Energy4All (UK)

·         Nestor Ruiz, Centar za životnu sredinu (BIH)

·         Nuri Palmada, Som Energia (ES)

12.30-13.45 Panel discussion

Collaborations between local authorities and REScoops as seen from an EU and Balkan perspective

·         Jean-Claude Simon, New Trends in Society/Nouvelles Tendances de la Société

·         Julije Domac, FEDARENE

·         Thomas Mitscke, GIZ Bosna and Hercegovina

·         Dirk Vansintjan,

·         Ian Turner, Energy Cities

·         Zoran Kordić, ZEZ

·         Ana Seke, UNDP Solar Cities initiative

·         Tim Taylor, Climate KIC

Moderator: Vedran Horvat (Institute for Political Ecology)

13.45-15.00 Networking  lunch
Parallel workshops
Good economy, Green Network of Activist Groups (ZMAG)

Location: Tuškanac cinema, Tuškanac 1 street


Good energy, Green Energy Cooperative

Location: Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts (HOK), Ilica 49 street





Panel – Democracy in working place – where we are now?


Dario Azzelini, ILR School at Cornell University

Dario Farcy, Cooperative Confederation of Argentina and Proyecto Coopar, cooperative of youth communications workers

Benoît Borrits, transform! europe

Parallel Workshops



1. Successful implementation of climate and energy plans in collaboration with local energy cooperatives – experiences from CoM cities in Croatia and the Balkan Region

Practices cases:

Mario Rajn – Grad Križevci, Slobodan Jerotić – Grad Šabac, Vedad Suljić – REIC, Nestor Ruiz – Centerr for Environment

Moderators: Maja Jurišić ( i Zoran Kordić (ZEZ)

2. Creating a favourable playground for collaboration between local authorities and energy cooperatives – experiences from the COMPILE project

Moderators: Josh Roberts ( i Boris Pavlin (ZEZ)



16:00-16:15 Break 16:30 Concluding remarks



Panel – Who will feed us in the Future – Young Farmers in Croatia


ekoENA, Kampanjola Beer Craft, OPG Prpić

17.00 Concluding remarks
17.00-18.30 Social drink served by Brlog Cooperative Brewery


Social dinner

Location: Pivovara Brewery

Please note that dinner will only be served for participants who register. If you haven’t registered for the dinner via the online portal, we can’t guarantee you a seat.


Saturday 1st June 2019

Day 3 – General Assembly (open to everyone)

Location: Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts (HOK)

10.00-10.30 Welcome coffee


10.30-11.45 Parallel workshops


Workshop on new improvements on the Charter Workshop on the services developed by

·         The Mobility Factory

·         REScoop MECISE

·         Energy Savings


11.45-13.15 Parallel workshops
Innovative ways to effectively engage with your members


 Virtual Power Plants (VPP) – what are they and how can they work for you?
13.15-14.15 Networking lunch


14.15-17.00 General Assembly of


17.00- Pizza dinner in the Ecovillage

Bus trip included for members of and the RIPESS network