|COVENANT COORDINATORS AND SUPPORTERS
Covenant Coordinators and Covenant Supporters are organisations which support Covenant signatories in fulfilling their ambitious goals and also promote the Covenant of Mayors in their sphere of influence.Their help is essential especially for those municipalities, which have the political will to develop and implement a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP), but lack the necessary skills and/or resources to do this alone.
What are the differences between these two types of organisations?
Covenant Coordinators (CC) are public administrations (e.g. provinces, regions and national authorities) which provide strategic guidance and financial and technical support to municipalities signing up to the Covenant of Mayors. This group is further divided into two groups:
- Territorial Coordinators – sub-national decentralized authorities, including provinces, regions and public groupings of municipalities,
- National Coordinators – national public bodies, including national energy agencies and national ministries/departments of energy.
National and Territorial Coordinators are considered by the European Commission as key allies of the Covenant of Mayors Office, as they play a decisive role in reaching out to local authorities in their territory and providing signatories with the technical, financial, administrative and political support necessary to fulfill their commitments.
The list of Covenant Coordinators in your region may be found at: http://www.eumayors.eu/about/covenant-coordinators_en.html
What can you expect from a Covenant Coordinator?
Typical tasks to be undertaken by a Covenant Coordinator include:
- promoting accession to the Covenant of Mayors among municipalities located in its area and providing support and coordination to those municipalities signing up;
- providing technical and strategic assistance to those municipalities willing to join the Covenant but lacking the necessary resources to prepare a Sustainable Energy Action Plan;
- providing financial support in the form of direct financial support (grants, subsidies, etc.) or staff allocated to technical support for the preparation and implemantation of the Sustainable Energy Action Plans;
- supporting implementation of SEAPs and organisation of local energy days to raise citizens' awareness;
- reporting regularly to the Commission on the results obtained and participating in the strategic implementation of the Covenant.
What are the benefits of becoming a Covenant Coordinator?
The advantages of becoming Covenant Coordinator are:
- endorsement and recognition from the European Commission;
- large visibility on an international scale, notably through promotion of its actions on the Covenant website;
- experience-sharing with European counterparts;
- scientific and technical feedback on tools and methodologies developed;
- participation in dedicated discussion groups, workshops and other experience-sharing platforms;
- consolidation of territorial development and strengthening of local governance.
How to become a Covenant Coordinator?
Any public administration interesting in becoming an official 'Covenant Coordinator' should go through the following process:
- Fill in the on-line adhesion form available on the Covenant of Mayors website (http://www.eumayors.eu/registration/coordinator-supporter_en.html).
- After confirmation of eligibility, complete the agreement form to be co-signed by the European Commission.
- After signature of the agreement by both parties, update their new online profile with information about the services and support that they intend to provide to signatories.
Covenant Supporters (CS) are European, national or regional networks and associations of local authorities. They use their expertise and lobbying skills, as well as communication and networking opportunities, to promote the CoM and support the commitments of its signatories (typically the CS' members).
Covenant Supporters are also crucial partners of the Covenant of Mayors Office, especially considering their ability to adapt the Covenant objectives and messages in a way that makes sense to the realities on the ground. Several of them also have technical expertise and guide their local governments through a practical process to achieve their commitments.
The list of Covenant Supporters in your region may be found at: http://www.eumayors.eu/about/covenant-supporters_en.html
What can you expect from a Covenant Supporter?
Typical tasks to be undertaken by a Covenant Supporter include:
- promoting accession to the Covenant of Mayors and providing support to those of its members signing up;
- public recognition of the Covenant of Mayors as a key element of its policy;
- facilitating exchange of experience between signatories and candidate cities;
- ensuring an intermediary role between its members, the CoMO and the national/regional media;
- identification of synergies with related events and initiatives at national or regional levels; provision of regular feedback on its members’ actions, once they have adhered to the Covenant of Mayors, as well as on the services the organisation is providing as Covenant Supporter.
What are the benefits of becoming a Covenant Supporter?
Becoming a Covenant Supporter will give you an opportunity to:
- promote your members’ best practices;
- better accompany your members’ activities related to sustainable energy;
- showcase your services to a larger audience;
- exchange experience with other networks;
- benefit from the European Commission’s endorsement and recognition;
- receive more visibility for the major events organised in relation to the Covenant;
- participate in dedicated fora, workshops and discussion groups.
How to become a Covenant Supporter?
To obtain the status of Covenant Supporter, networks of local authorities should take the following steps:
- Fill in the on-line adhesion form available on the Covenant of Mayors website (http://www.eumayors.eu/registration/coordinator-supporter_en.html);
- After confirmation of eligibility, complete the agreement form to be co-signed by the European Commission;
- Once created by the Covenant of Mayors Office, update their on-line profile with comprehensive information about the services they intend to provide to signatories.
One of the main objectives of the ENERGY FOR MAYORS project was to increase the capacity of Covenant Coordinators (CC) and Covenant Supporters (CS) to better support CoM implementation. It was done through:
- collecting existing methodologies on climate and energy that may be used by CC and CS in their work with municipalities;
- devlopment of the "Support Package for the Covenant of Mayors" offering a practical approach to empower CC&CS in supporting their municipalities with BEI and SEAP development and implementation;
- development and wide dissemination of the Toolbox of Methodologies on Climate and Energy, centralizing useful resources in many different languages;
- organization of a 2-day open training seminar for CC and CS;
- organisation of 3 international workshops targeted at CC and CS;
- providing opportunity for exchange of experience and networking with other CC and CS in Europe.
To learn more contact your national or regional coordinator!