The European Week of Regions and Cities (#EURegionsWeek) is the biggest annual Brussels-based event dedicated to regional policy. Every year, it brings together European regions and cities to promote learnings and good practice of regional policy-making. Due to the Covid19 – related restrictions, the 2020’s edition will take place in a digital format. During 3 weeks, from 5th to 22nd October, more than 500 events will be organised around three thematic priorities: Empowering Citizens; Cohesion and Cooperation; and Green Europe.
The European Covenant of Mayors is involved in 3 sessions, each focusing on a key element to be considered for a successfull sustainable energy and climate action plan. Make sure you register before September 27th!
20 Oct, 11:30-13:00
The goal of making Europe climate-neutral by 2050 put forward by the European Green Deal will only be achieved through the effective involvement of all levels of government, stakeholders and citizens. The Covenant of Mayors‘ cities, towns and regions have been driving local efforts and leading climate action for many years, experimenting with innovative ways of co-creating local solutions. This session will showcase examples from climate front-runners implementing participatory models of governance with commitments and actions from different sectors of society. It will explore existing “local climate pacts” to look at how these examples can support the objective of the European Green Deal, linking up with the EU Climate Pact and the Mission for Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities.
20 Oct, 14:30-16:00
Adaptation to climate change is largely delivered through the actions of subnational actors. However, the progress made to date by local and regional authorities varies across Europe. In this workshop, speakers from the European Environment Agency and the Covenant of Mayors will present the status quo of sub-national adaptation to climate change in Europe. The role of regions in securing a climate-resilient future will be discussed in the context of the recently launched Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change including Societal Transformation.
21 Oct, 11:30-13:00
Financing for local authorities’ sustainable energy and climate projects is hindered primarily by lack of internal capacity to identify and implement financing schemes and investment programmes. In this workshop, the recently launched European City Facility joins forces with the Covenant of Mayors and the H2020 PROSPECT project to discuss the implementation of financing schemes for climate & energy at local and regional level. By bringing together Covenant signatories, supporters and coordinators, it will create a unique opportunity to move forward on the national energy and climate plans.