The Club has 28 member municipalities from a total of 65 Covenant signatories in Romania and is the core of the Romanian Covenant Dialogue Platform - that gathers different stakeholders (ministries, universities, NGOs etc).
The main objectives of the Club, as defined in the meeting, are:
- Exchanges among signatories of the Covenant on the political and practical aspects
- Support for Romanian municipalities in their efforts to fulfil their CoM commitments
- Develop initiatives and proposals to national and European authorities on Covenant implementation
The idea of forming a Mayors Club starts from the need for representation of the local level, with its specific issues, in the policy making process. The territorial dimension of energy must be taken into account in the national energy policies and thus the role of local authorities in developing national and European policy must become central.
These were the main themes addressed at the 2012 OER Annual Meeting by representatives of 18 municipalities in an open dialogue with representatives of national authorities, universities, Covenant supporting structures, companies, NGOs and local press.
The Club will collaborate with the Covenant Dialogue Platform in order to:
- Foster initiatives to accelerate the implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs)
- Create proposals for introducing dedicated funding for SEAP implementation
- Develop local regulations to facilitate the SEAP implementation
In this first Club meeting, the Covenant signatories elected the Romanian Covenant Ambassadors, which will represent the Club and its common values and vision at national or European level. The three Ambassadors are:
- Mr. Ovidiu-Teodor Crețu, the Mayor of Bistrița
- Mr. Viorel Ilie, the Mayor of Moineşti
- Mr. George Coriolan Ciuhandu, the Mayor of Timișoara
Romanian Covenant Ambassadors: Mr. Ovidiu-Teodor Crețu, the Mayor of Bistrița (left), Mr. Viorel Ilie, the Mayor of Moineşti (right).
Mr. George Coriolan Ciuhandu, the Mayor of Timișoara, could not attend the Club meeting, but was elected as Ambassador as a recognition of Timisoara’s support for the Covenant. Through an IEE project, CONURBANT, 16 small municipalities from the Timișoara County signed the Covenant in late 2011 and they also joined the Covenant Club, thus assuring the synergy between NET-COM and similar initiatives taking place in Romania.