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Mayor of Vaterstetten (Germany) addresses EU Energy Commissioner on the Covenant

Under the impulse of the German Covenant of Mayors Club – which is to hold its next meeting on March 27 in Freiburg, the mayor of Vaterstetten, a municipality from the Bavaria region, addressed a letter to European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger on issues related to the Covenant of Mayors.

In view of a political congress both men attended on 6 January 2012, Vaterstetten’s Mayor Mr. Niedergesäß set out a host of recommendations in a written statement sent to Mr. Oettinger.

In this letter, the mayor emphasises the central role played by local authorities towards achieving ambitious and sustainable energy policy objectives at European and national levels. He stresses that stronger financial and legal frameworks are needed for the successful implementation of the Covenant commitments. Likewise, the mayor adds that existing European funds should become more transparent and straightforward, with an easier application process especially for small municipalities. Mr. Niedergesäß concludes by calling for stronger cooperation and communication opportunities between EU institutions and local authorities.

The German Club was launched in October 2011 in the framework of the European project “NETCoM”, one of its objectives being to formulate recommendations for the implementation of the Covenant in Germany.

Project coordinated by Energy Cities,Supported by Intelligent Energy – Europe: for a sustainable future and ADEME