14:00:00 - 18:00:00
European Committee of the Regions, Rue Belliard 99-101, Brussels

Cross-border Cooperation to Enhance Renewable Energy in the EU

Legislation in the Clean Energy Package for All Europeans addresses regional cooperation on the supra-nation or macro-level, meaning between two or more Member States. However, a multi-stakeholder policy dialogue facilitated by the World Future Council and the Heinrich Böll Foundation European Union unveiled that sub-national or micro-level cooperation between local and regional governments across national borders is crucial to unleash the full potential of renewable energy deployment. The micro-level cooperation is indispensable because it offers the best possibility to create fitted-solutions for local needs and establish adequate frameworks on national and European level. 

Building on this, the policy dialogue provides an interactive platform to develop concrete strategies for implementation. It follows a two-day workshop, a study tour and two parliamentary policy dialogues hosted by the World Future Council and the Heinrich Böll Foundation EU since April 2016. The upcoming policy debate, supported by the Committee of the Regions,will build on the recommendations summarized in the report “Enhancing Regional Renewables Cooperation in the EU” and deepen the discussion with EU policy-makers, regional and local authorities, as well as civil society representatives on how to mobilize existing tools and approaches to foster cross-border cooperation for renewable energy.


Statements from the floor with Kristian Ruby, EURELECTRIC Secretary General