Cities and regions are considered as key implementation grounds for many EU
policies, such as the EU Green Deal roadmap and objectives. At the same
time, the EU's upgraded climate and energy objectives and the current energy crisis caused by the instable geopolitical
situation have changed the context in which local and regional authorities
operate. More than ever, the local implementation of the energy and climate
transition needs to be accelerated and
EU initiatives supporting local and regional governments are gaining
The various existing EU initiatives providing support to local and regional
authorities vary from sector-specific initiatives, to
initiatives providing a more overarching framework either supported by a strong political commitment or more oriented towards providing supporting mechanisms.
CoR members, alongside many other local and regional authorities, have
expressed the need to shed light on what these different initiatives can do
and how a local authority can benefit from them in a coordinated way. To
tackle this issue the CoR has launched the opinion "Fostering the potential
and synergies of EU Green Deal initiatives for regions and cities", led by
Andries GRYFFROY (BE/EA),
Member of the Flemish Parliament and
Member of the Commission for the Environment, Climate change and Energy
of the CoR.
With this event the rapporteur invites representatives of EU local and
regional authorities, as well as of their networks, to
reflect on whether the existing
EU initiatives sufficiently reach all local governments in an inclusive
manner. The opinion will contribute to the ongoing reflection on how these
initiatives are supporting implementation of the EU Green Deal on the
ground and what improvements can be suggested to ensure cities and regions
can make the most out of them.
The rapporteur strives for the highest possible quality input and widest
range of different views for his opinion and we believe your expertise can
contribute to achieving this objective. In case you cannot participate in
you can share your views in a position paper related to the topic, and send it before the meeting to
The rapporteur has prepared a working document that will be discussed in
the ENVE meeting on 14 February 2023. Final discussion and approval of the
opinion is foreseen for the ENVE meeting on 10 May and plenary session of
5-6 July 2023. This stakeholder consultation will provide useful
information for the rapporteur to help him in the preparation of the draft
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