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    Aims to help regional and local authorities plan sustainable energy activities in partnership.

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What is Multi-Level Governance?

Fri, 27/11/2015 - 00:00 -- Coopenergy

MLG is a term originally developed by the EU’s Committee of the Regions (CoR) in 2009. It outlines the European Commission’s aim to ‘build Europe in partnership’ and have an inclusive European decision making process:

“Multi-Level Governance means coordinated action by the European Union, the Member States and Local and Regional authorities, based on partnership…to create and implement EU policies. It leads to responsibility being shared between the different tiers of government.” - The Committee of the Regions, 2009 White Paper

Central to this concept, is the recognition that delivering policies, actions and strategies, is more effective when we work together. In its simplest form, MLG means working together across different levels of government, to deliver policies more effectively 

Find out more: Read the Committee of Regions White Paper on MLG:

2.1 How can MLG help sustainable energy planning?

Following adoption of the ’20-20-20’ climate and energy package bythe European Commission in 2008 (committing the EU to increase its share of energy consumed from renewable resources to 20%; reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20%; and increase energy efficiency by 20% - all by 2020), local and regional authorities were given responsibility for contributing to these objectives by developing their own targets and strategies locally.

Since 2008, more than 5,000 local and regional authorities have committed to adopting Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) by signing the Covenant of Mayors (CoM), while others have developed either voluntary or compulsory energy policies or action plans.

With an increase in the number of approaches involving different levels of government, the problem of overall coherence arose. MLG aims to support public authorities to achieve more coherencies between these different approaches.

Find out more: The Covenant of Mayors (CoM) is the main European initiative bringing together local and regional authorities to reach and even surpass the EU ’20-20-20’ objectives.