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European Commission's reply to the open letter of the German Covenant Club

The European Commission (DG Energy) reacted to the open letter of the German Covenant Club from November 2012 and recognised the important role of local authorities for sustainable energy and efficiency.

The open letter, supported by 43 Covenant Club participants, addressed problems in the implementation of the objectives at the local level in the framework of the Covenant of Mayors. The Commission answered amongst others that the evaluation process will be revised and qualitatively improved together with the Covenant Office.

Furthermore the European Commission sees the need for a more efficient Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) evaluation process and the provision of a prompt feedback to signatories. In a few months, the system will perform real-time checks in order to allow Covenant Signatories to perform preliminary validation checking before submitting their SEAP template.

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