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EU Lending Policy

Public consultation on the renewed EU sustainable finance strategy

How the new roadmap should support investments for the EU Green Deal

The EU Commission is planning to overhaul the EU’s sustainable finance strategy to make it fit for backing the investment ambitions of the EU Green Deal. Energy Cities outlines how the renewed strategy should both tap into the full potential of sustainable finance, as well as empower local authorities to drive green investments.

EU Budget

Repair and prepare for the next generation

Energy Cities position on the proposed EU recovery plan

At the end of May, the European Commission published its long-awaited proposal for a recovery plan. The figures are impressive: 1.8 trillion Euros are foreseen […]

EU Budget

Appropriate co-financing rate for LIFE CSA projects on sustainable energy

Joint letter from cities, regional energy agencies, citizen energy cooperatives, renewable energy industry and NGOs to the EU Commission and LIFE Committee

The signatories of this letter represent thousands of new LIFE applicants redirected from Horizon 2020 as a result of the transfer of the “Coordination and Support Actions” to the new Clean Energy Transition sub-programme. We are cities, regions, energy agencies, NGOs, SMEs and experts from across Europe’s renewable energy and energy efficiency value chains. Our determination, with the right support from the LIFE programme, can help the European Union to achieve the Green Deal objectives.

EU Budget

Public consultation on the future LIFE programme

What the EU funding instrument for environment and climate action should prioritize in the next decade

The LIFE programme is a key EU funding instrument for environment and climate action. In the public consultation to shape the future programme, Energy Cities shares its views on how LIFE should support cities in their energy transition.

EU Climate Action

The European Green Deal: How close to deliver genuine societal transformation?

The large-scale climate mobilizations of these past few years have not been in vain. The European Commission has finally recognized the magnitude – and urgency […]

EU Lending Policy

It’s time to stand firm and go Fossil Free

Fossil Free EIB Campaign calls on the EIB president to double down on bank's commitment to divest from fossil fuels

Energy Cities has co-signed an open letter of the Fossil Free EIB Campaign, which calls on EIB president Werner Hoyer to double down on the EU’s bank commitment to divest from fossil fuels.

EU Research & Innovation Programme

Mission innovation – climate neutral & smart cities

Activating the next-generation climate governance

Energy Cities welcomes the new mission-oriented approach proposed for the forthcoming Horizon Europe programme. The principles highlighted in the Mazzucato report echo the views of cities, whom to a great extent will be the “delivery arms” of Europe’s innovation.

EU Budget

LIFE programme 2021-2027

Energy Cities's recommendations for the clean energy transition sub-programme within the future LIFE programme

Energy Cities calls for the new clean energy transition sub-programme within the 2021-2027 LIFE programme to support governance changes, set citizen energy communities as a strategic priority and put in place an enabling administrative framework to fund local authorities’ actions.

EU Research & Innovation Programme

Public consultation to shape the delivery of the EU Horizon Europe programme

How the new EU funding instrument should be structured to enable local authorities of all sizes to access it

Horizon Europe, the successor programme to Horizon 2020, will start in 2021 and distribute a budget of EUR 100 billion to research and innovation efforts across Europe. In the public consultation to shape the delivery of Horizon Europe, Energy Cities shares its views on how the new EU funding instrument should be structured to enable local authorities of all sizes to effectively access it.

EU Research & Innovation Programme

Public consultation to co-design the strategic priorities of the EU Horizon Europe programme

How the new EU funding instrument should support the local energy transition

Horizon Europe, the successor programme to Horizon 2020, will kick off in 2021 and distribute a budget of EUR 100 billion to research and innovation efforts across Europe. In the public consultation to co-design the strategic priorities of the first phase of Horizon Europe (2021-2024), Energy Cities shares its views on what role the new EU funding instrument should play in supporting the local energy transition.

Our policy work

Our dedicated team monitors and shapes policy developments according to local authorities’ needs and priorities.

Our advocacy involves:

  • policy monitoring and analysis
  • policy influencing
  • advocacy partnerships

The cities behind our network set the tone and shape the European energy transition agenda. Whereas a municipality alone has little influence, together we can make local authorities’ voices heard at national and European level.

As part of the European Covenant of Mayors movement, cities and towns are taking energy and climate action to secure a better future for their citizens. With over 8,000 signatories, it has become a real political force proposing to renew the European project through local action. The initiative is an important political instrument for Energy Cities, as we initiated the movement and have been co-leading the Covenant of Mayors European Office since 2008.