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Serbian Covenant Club

The Serbian Covenant Club was officially launched on the 18th of April 2012.

The Serbian Covenant Club was founded by the 7 Mayors of the Serbian Covenant signatories (Niš, Zrenjanin, Vranje, Temerin, Varvarin, Žabalj and Titel) and Kikinda that is interested by the CoM goals. The Club is coordinated by the City of Nis.
Furthermore, the members of the Serbian Covenant Club launched the national Covenant platform to ensure networking among cities and other actors. It gathers among others the Ministry of Energy, Sustainable Development and Environment and the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities in Serbia (national association of Serbian municipalities and Covenant Supporter). A few potential donors are also participating (GIZ, the local USAid programme, UNDP).

The members of the Club also adopted a joint Declaration and petition letter on the necessity of setting up a regional Covenant of Mayors Office for the South East Europe. Via this letter they requested the EU Commission to consider the prospect of extending the scope of the Covenant of Mayors to South Eastern Europe, and Western Balkans and Turkey (IPA Countries). As signatories of the Convent of Mayors, cities and towns from South-East Europe are voluntarily committed to increasing energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources in their teritories. It is regrettable that South-East Europe, which has both candidate and potential EU candidate countries, is the only region neighbouring the EU in which a Covenant of Mayors office is not established nor is anticipated to be established in the near future.

In contrast:

  • Within the EU, the Covenant of Mayors Office has been established since 2009 for the EU 27 + Croatia + European Economic Area;
  • A Covenant of Mayors Office is currently open in Lviv and Tbilissi for 11 countries of the Eastern Partnership and Central;
  • Setting up of Covenant of Mayors focal points in the South-Mediterranean countries is currently happening.

Indeed, apart from the signatories in Romania, Bulgaria and Slovenia, which are EU Member States, there are 32 Covenant of Mayors signatories in the rest of the region, of which 2 are capital cities.

Mayors of Covenant of Mayors signatory cities and towns from SEE would like to request the European Commission to:

  • Recognize the necessity to extend the Covenant of Mayors to SEE and to provide support to the signatory cities and/or any other relevant entity involved in the Covenant implementation, in developing their own proposals in the framework of the Covenant of Mayors.
  • Provide support to the signatories of the Covenant of Mayors from SEE so to endorse and support the efforts deployed by local authorities in the implementation of sustainable energy policies, as part of the European integration process of the participating countries.
  • Launch a procedure for establishing a Covenant of Mayors Office based in South – East Europe and set up in a beneficiary signatory city of the IPA region that will be especially devoted to provide strategic guidance, financial and technical support to the signatories.
Project coordinated by Energy Cities,Supported by Intelligent Energy – Europe: for a sustainable future and ADEME