Covenant Coordinators: crucial contributors to the Covenant of Mayors success
The Covenant of Mayors can be heralded as a groundbreaking movement, not only because it has fostered the emergence of wide-ranging cooperation platforms at local, regional and European levels, but also because of the substantial boost it has given to
multi-level governance in Europe and beyond.
Provinces, regions and other Covenant Coordinators are key to the success of the initiative, notably in terms of:
- the promotion they do of the Covenant in their territory;
- increasing the Covenant of Mayors Office capacities by providing decentralised support on the ground and ensuring tailored interaction with thousands of signatories;
- support provided to signatories including technical assistance for example through the organisation of dedicated workshops, or the development of SEAP-related tools and methodologies;
- mobilising other stakeholders - such as energy agencies, private companies and universities - which can bring customized expertise to local authorities;
Signatories’ access to funding sources is also facilitated by Coordinators which often act as Managing Authorities of EU Structural Funds and can thus decide to allocate EU
funding to Covenant-related activities.
Likewise, Coordinators are the relevant interface to relay Covenant Signatories’ funding and legislative priorities to the European Institutions, thus influencing policy development from the bottom-up. Coordinators are asked to comment on the barriers and needs to the European Commission which helps shape the future of the initiative.