Last Wednesday, Covenant of Mayors city leaders brought up 5 demands from cities to EU Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič and Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete.
Mayor of Ghent Daniel Termont, Mayor of Sevilla Juan Espadas, and Director of the North-West Croatia Energy Agency Julije Domac shared the Covenant of Mayors Board's contribution to the EU climate long-term strategy. As part of the European Commission's public consultation process, they expressed 5 main demands:
1. Embed climate and energy long-term strategies into all EU policies
2. Use the energy and climate governance regulation as a lynchpin for mobilisation
3. Invest in local climate and energy alliances
4. Make territorial cooperation on resource management the backbone of long-term strategies
5. Adopt an integrated approach to climate change mitigation and adaptation in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.
Mayor of Milton Keynes Peter Marland and Deputy-Mayor of Nijmegen (EU Green Capital 2018) Harriet Tiemens joined the members of the Covenant Board for the meeting. They all asked for more support to cities, notably in pushing Member States to show high ambitions in their National Climate and Energy Plans. "We are willing to use mayors as ambassadors for the National Climate and Energy Plans", said VP Šefčovič.
"Cities are fast-acting contributors that the EU needs to work with" said Commissioner Arias Cañete. And the Covenant of Mayors appears to be a relevant way of doing so: the Covenant of Mayors Board and EU high-level representatives will from now on hold quarterly working meetings.
Read full-text contribution from the Covenant of Mayors Board to the EU long-term strategy.