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  Covenant Newsletter August 2015  
An ever stronger Covenant of Mayors!
{{{New vision and ambition ahead of Paris Climate Summit}}} The Covenant of Mayors has long been praised as the EU climate success story. As the block is striving to maintain its leadership role in the framework of climate negotiations, the Covenant has become a European model to export, soon to be assorted with renewed ambition and scope of action.

On the occasion of the 2015 Covenant of Mayors Ceremony, which will take place on 15 October in the hemicycle of the European Parliament in Brussels, the signatory cities will endorse a new post-2020 vision and commitment, as a follow-up to the new 2030 energy and climate package adopted by EU member states. An open consultation has just been launched by the Covenant of Mayors Office to seek views from local authorities on this renewed ambition and the extent to which they are ready to go beyond it, also considering targets for energy efficiency and renewables. Developed by the Covenant of Mayors Office with the cooperation and support of the Committee of the Regions, the survey will provide a bottom-up opportunity to reinforce the existing Covenant of Mayors and associated objectives.

In addition, the Covenant Ceremony will be held jointly with the Mayors Adapt one, as part of one and unique Covenant of Mayors movement.

Mark your calendar

Registration to the Covenant of Mayors Ceremony be launched by the beginning of September, while the deadline to take part in the open consultation on the future of Covenant of Mayors is 23 September.

In the framework of the December COP21 Climate Summit in Paris, the European Commission is expected to officially launch the new Covenant of Mayors and its much-anticipated global chapter. The EU-CELAC Mayors summit and the EU-China Urbanisation Forum recently provided opportunities to discuss with mayors from Latin America, the Caribbean and China the conditions of success for climate partnerships with local authorities in these regions and how the principles of the Covenant of Mayors model could be replicated in other parts of the world. Two events co-organised by Covenant Supporters in Lyon and Bonn also examined the possible contours of a global Covenant of Mayors.

Covenant of Mayors on everyone’s lips

In the aftermath of the Ukrainian gas crisis, the Covenant of Mayors has taken a very prominent position in EU policies and legislation. Representative mayors from the movement were the first stakeholders to meet with Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič after he introduced his Energy Union proposal. Referenced as a “key action” in the EU energy security strategy, the Covenant of Mayors also features in the newly released European Commission legislative proposal for the internal energy market.

There is an ever growing list of MEPs, associations and NGOs who never miss an opportunity to highlight the Covenant model and success. But on top of the “usual suspects”, it seems industry has also been taking a closer look, as the Chief Economist for RWE, one of Germany’s biggest utility, pointed to the “work being done by the European Covenant of Mayors in terms of cities taking the lead on policy action throughout Europe”.

More recently, the pope himself also engaged with Mayors to produce a joint declaration on climate change and bolster the ambition to build socially-inclusive, sustainable and resilient cities.

The first half of 2015 was a great semester for the Covenant of Mayors. Future developments seem to indicate that the best is yet to come. Stay tuned !

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  The sole responsibility for the content of this newsletter lies with the Covenant of Mayors Office. It does not necessary reflect the opinion of the European Union. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein. The Covenant of Mayors was set up with financial support of the European Commission and consists of five associations of European local authorities: Energy Cities, Climate Alliance, Eurocities, CEMR, Fedarene, and ICLEI Europe.

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