Sarajevo, 24 November 2021 – Cities of the Western Balkans, Turkey and the European Union exchanged good practices in tackling climate change and supporting the local energy transition at a half-day conference held to mark the launch of the EU4 Energy Transition: Covenant of Mayors in the Western Balkans and Turkey project.
The goal of this project is to deliver on the energy transition and to tackle climate change in the Western Balkans and Turkey through supporting cities of the region in fulfilling their energy and climate commitments.
The initiative will also support the implementation of small-scale infrastructure projects in selected municipalities, which will aim to demonstrate how cities can simultaneously tackle climate change and improve the well-being of their citizens. Additionally, the promotion of regional cooperation and multi-level governance will strengthen the project’s long-term sustainability.
In his welcome speech, Roberto Estellés Colom, representative of the European Commission Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), highlighted that “the extension of the Covenant of Mayors to the Western Balkans and Turkey is an important tool to implement the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans. Endorsed by the Western Balkan leaders at the Sofia Summit on 10 November 2020, the Green Agenda is a new growth strategy for the region, leaping from a traditional economic model to a sustainable economy, in line with the European Green Deal. The Covenant of Mayors shall support delivering on the Green Agenda goals to align the region with the EU’s 2050 ambition to make Europe a carbon neutral continent, including by fighting pollution of air, water and soil”.
As the Covenant of Mayors - Europe Office, we are delighted to see yet another Regional Office of the initative open! We wish the office staff and signatories in the region a great success!