Indeed, as emphasised in the letter, ambitious energy efficiency policies have brought numerous socio-economic benefits to the cities. To continue down that path, the local authorities however need to be encouraged by an enabling national and (...)
The Commission’s Communication on the European Energy Strategy identifies 8 areas where short, medium and long-term actions need to be taken by Member States. The third one is “Moderating Energy Demand” and includes 5 key actions among which “the (...)
Shortly after the conference, our President and Mayor of Heidelberg Eckart Würzner shared this call for support through a letter sent to EU Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger, also in view of the forthcoming adoption of the Commission’s (...)
More specifically, Mr Piebalgs referred to the UN Millennium Development Goals, which notably aim at eradicating poverty and ensuring environmental sustainability, saying that local authorities were « key » to achieving these objectives as they (...)
Commissioner Piebalgs recalled the importance of translating global and national frameworks into concrete actions on the ground.
Identifying decentralised cooperation as one of its key priorities, he cited the example of the Covenant of Mayors, (...)