The EU's Assembly of Regional and Local Representatives
You are here > Home > CoR activities > Meetings and documents > Opinions and resolutions > Opinion factsheet
Help us improve. Did you find what you wanted? - Please leave us a comment:
Your update was successful.
CoR Activities
Opinion factsheet
​​

    The future of the Covenant of Mayors

    BGCSDADEELENESETFIFRHRHUITLTLVMTNLPLPTROSKSLSV
    : CDR 2592/2015
    : TŰTTÖ, Kata
    : NI
    : ENVE
    : Adopted
    : 04/12/2015
    to step up the CoR involvement in the political process to be able to shape the EU policy in this area and to ensure a more structured interinstitutional CoR-EC cooperation;
    to forge its image as THE institutional supporter of the CoM
    to give more visibility to CoR engagement by forming a group of "CoR Covenant Ambassadors" from among the 185 members – CoM signatories
    to mobilise and empower relevant members to promote the Covenant both at EU level and in the EU's immediate neighbourhood – via CoR networks of contacts – through Portal of Decentralized Cooperation, CORLEAP, ARLEM, JCCs, WGs or the EU-China Urbanisation Partnership around the promotion of, and communication on, the Covenant
    to contribute to the process of the Global Covenant and follow up on the efforts of converging this initiative with the Compact of Mayors
    In 2016, this opinion had a major impact on the interinstitutional debate throughout the year, which was framed by the flagship developments of Covenant of Mayors: the globalization of the Covenant and the merger with the Compact of Mayors.

    This own-initiative opinion and subsequent CoR activities substantially contributed to the mobilization of CoR members around the support for the Covenant and more generally to increased awareness of the importance of cities and regions in combatting the negative effects of climate change. It also increased the profile and interinstitutional recognition of the CoR by the Council, the European Commission, and the European Parliament in this area.
    The CoR featured strongly in events linked to the Covenant of Mayors, namely the EUSEW, EWRC and the COP22 in Marrakesh.

    The group of CoR Covenant of Mayors Ambassadors was launched in June gathering 34 active CoR members. Ambassadors are encouraged to make use of the CoR "local events initiative". Several Ambassadors' events took place in 2016 (Hradec Kralove, Rakvere, EWRC, Yerevan). The creation of a coordinating dialogue involving the Ambassadors and relevant European Commission services is proposed to coordinate the joint messages and actions.
    The CoR managed to play an active part in the merger (July 2016) of the Covenant of Mayors and the Compact of Mayors creating the world's largest coalition of cities engaged in climate action. Governance structures of this new Global Covenant of Mayors are being created. The CoR to ensure one seat is reserved for the CoR in the Founders' Council – advisory body of the General Secretariat - as well as an observer seat in the ISG meetings which set the general agenda for the Covenant of Mayors. Several events have been held together with the Global Secretariat of the Covenant and working cooperation with this Secretariat has been established.
    High visibility of the Covenant and the Ambassadors during the COP22 in Marrakesh – coorganization of the Second Climate Summit for Local Leaders and one side event at this Summit plus participation of President Pigliaru in the Global Covenant event in the blue zone (led by the Global Secretariat of the Covenant). The CoR managed to be at the forefront of the promotional campaign for the Covenant in Marrakesh.

    *******************
    The Commission agrees on the strong added value of the Covenant of Mayors beyond the EU and the benefits of its replication in other parts of the world. The Commission, in cooperation with the CoR, launched, on 8 December 2015 within the margins of the COP21 in Paris, the Global Covenant of Mayors in order to promote the principles – including multi-level governance – of the EU Covenant of Mayors worldwide. A total budget EUR of 60 million will be available to support the EU and Global Covenant of Mayors until 2020.

    The Commission, in cooperation with the CoR, European Parliament and representatives of pan-European city networks, has initiated the extension of the Covenant of Mayors beyond 2020 in a new Covenant initiative which incorporates adaptation to climate change and integrates Mayors Adapt. The Covenant of Mayors Office cooperates with the Pact of Islands, and a number of activities are being considered to support islands and their integration into the Covenant of Mayors.

    The Commission supports the bundling of projects as an effective way to unlock public funding and mobilise private investments. It will take the suggestion into account in the preparation of the next multi-annual contract for the operation of the Covenant of Mayors Office which will be prepared during 2016. The existing support structure already takes into account the role of regional authorities which can play a crucial role in their capacity as Covenant Territorial Coordinators.

    The Commission warmly thanks the CoR for its support and strongly welcomes the CoR's availability to promote the (new) Covenant of Mayors among its members.

    THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS

    - will continue its institutional support for the Covenant of Mayors and encourage, with the help of its current members, accession to the Covenant and the corresponding commitment to achieving the European Union's energy policy objectives and exceeding their targets;

    - calls on the European Commission to ensure that the Covenant of Mayors is able to continue its activities beyond 2020 and advocates focusing more on small towns and municipalities;

    - supports the global export of the Covenant of Mayors model and declares itself ready to help spread this model by means of partnerships with cities and regions in third countries, in particular those of the EU's neighbours with which it already has cooperation structures in place through its ARLEM and CORLEAP platforms or through its Joint Consultative Committees and Working Groups;

    - encourages the European Commission to promote the successful principles and good practice of the Covenant of Mayors beyond the EU and to encourage dissemination of the multi-level governance model for climate objectives in order to pave the way for further decentralised cooperation;

    - points out that the current refugee crisis, mainly caused by war and economic hardship, could in the future become even more serious if climate change is not fought successfully and its consequences threaten the survival of more and more people;

    - stands ready to develop actions to increase the visibility of the Covenant of Mayors among its members and encourages those who have not done so yet to become parties to the Covenant on behalf of their respective local or regional authorities; to this end, will explore the creation of an ad hoc grouping of "friends of the Covenant of Mayors" among those of its members who are already Covenant signatories and who could receive support in promoting the Covenant in the relevant structures both within and beyond the CoR.

​​

Importance

High
Medium
Low
2016
 

European week

Round table on the Covenant of Mayors, organised in the framework of the European week 'Modena is Europe, Europe is Modena' at the Festa de l'Unità in Modena

 
07 Sep
 

FORUM of the CoR Covenant Ambassadors

June FORUM of the CoR Covenant Ambassadors as part of the 2016 EUSEW, rapporteur Tűttö moderated the part on the Covenant Ambassadors

 
14 Jun
 

Breakout session Green Climate Cities at 8th European Conference Sustainable Cities and Towns

Breakout session Green Climate Cities at 8th European Conference Sustainable Cities and Towns

 
27 Apr
 

European Sustainable Cities and Town Conference

Today, many cities, towns and regions actively plan and achieve greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions and adapt to climate change. They have been crucial in raising ambition at the global level, also showing the impact of their efforts. Their role remains clear: catalyzing new action and leading the transition to a more sustainable future. There are two key initiatives that help local governments make firm commitments and report on their progress, namely the Compact of Mayors and the Covenant of Mayors. Each initiative was designed to be unique, but there are also many similarities. These initiatives and how local governments benefit from them will be explored in this session. The Compact of Mayors is a global coalition of mayors and city officials committing to reduce GHGs, enhance resilience to climate change and track their progress publicly. It is an agreement by city networks – and then by their members – to fight climate change in a consistent and complimentary manner to national efforts. The Compact of Mayors was launched in 2014 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael R. Bloomberg, under the leadership of the world’s global city networks – C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) – with support from UN-Habitat, the UN’s lead agency on urban issues. The Compact establishes a common platform to capture the impact of cities’ collective actions through standardized measurement of emissions and climate risk, and consistent, public reporting of their efforts. The Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy brings together thousands of local and regional authorities voluntarily committed to implementing the European Union (EU) climate and energy objectives on their territory. New signatories now pledge to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and to adopt an integrated approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change. How do these two initiatives differ and where are they similar? What are the synergies between these initiatives? What can they offer to local governments across the globe? These questions will be explored in a dynamic, interactive session.

 
27 Apr
 

Prague Habitat III Conference

Towards decarbonised and resilient cities: The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy Side-event organised by the Mayors Adapt Office and the European Committee of the Regions in the European Habitat Conference in Prague

 
17 Mar
 

PES Environment and Climate Change Network, Brussels

Rapporteur Kata Tutto participated and delivered a speech

 
01 Mar
 

CoR ALDE coordinator of the ENVE shares best practices with mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa

Andres Jaadla (EE/Keskerakond), ALDE coordinator of the ENVE commission and the initiator of Covenant of Mayors (CoM) in Estonia, participated in a CoM workshop in Nairobi organised by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR). He was invited to share best practices as „ Ambassador of the Covenant of Mayors „ in the field of sustainable energy action and introduce the work done in Estonia in general and his hometown Rakvere in particular. Attended by mayors from a number of African countries, the workshop addressed the opportunities and challenges faced by smaller cities and towns when achieving energy saving conditions foreseen in the Covenant. Whereas larger cities have the economic prowess and human resources to fulfil the requirements, smaller cities are much faster in the implementation phase. "The example of Rakvere clearly shows that small and medium-sized cities are capable of achieving remarkable results, and not only in Europe. One simply has to be brave and eager", said Jaadla.

Andres Jaadla, was the Mayor of Rakvere from 2002 to 2012. A number of world-renowned energy-saving and environmental projects were launched during his tenure as Mayor, most notably the first so-called zero-energy house in Estonia.

 
16 Feb
 

COP21: What's next?

European Parliament event organized by MEP Simona Bonafé, Long Term Investment and Reindustrialisation Intergroup. Rapporteur Kata Tutto was a speaker

 
16 Feb
2015
 

COP21 Paris, Flagship event on cities and regions - The globalisation of the Covenant of Mayors

High-level speakers from EU institutions and local and regional authorities – e.g. European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic, CoR President Markku Markkula and ICLEI Vice-President, Durban Mayor, James Nxumalo – launch the Global Covenant initiative. They were joined by Francesco Pigliaru, Chair of the Committee of the Regions' Commission for Environment, Climate Change and Energy and President of Sardinia Region, Italy, Bernard Soulage, co-chair of the steering committee of the World Summit Climate and Territories and member of the Committee of the Regions and Kata Tüttő, Budapest Councillor, CoR rapporteur on the Future of Covenant of Mayors.

 
08 Dec
 

ENVE Commission meeting

ENVE Thematic Planning: Covenant of Mayors (COR-2015-05628-00-00-TCD-TRA) Thematic debate with the participation of ENVE rapporteur Kata Tütto (HU/PES), Jan Pánek, Head of Unit, DG ENER, European Commission and Frédéric Boyer (Energy Cities), Head of CoM Brussels Office. The opportunity to set up the CoR Friends of the Covenant was discussed. The European Commission and the Covenant of Mayors office widely supported this initiative.

 
20 Nov
​​​