The Covenant of Mayors evolved over the years as well as the legislative, technical and social context in which it operates.
2020 will be a turning point for the Covenant, as 2020 signatories will gradually phase out and a new framework contract will be issued by the Commission for the 5th phase of the initiative: it is important for the CoR to ensure that this transition happens in the best possible way, keeping pace with the evolving legislative framework, but at the same time, ensuring that all LRAs can be on board.
The initiative has strong means to gather technical feedback from Local Authorities and to align the evolution with LRAs expectations: nevertheless, the political feedback is often limited to the 5 members of the Political Board, which even with their extensive knowledge of the initiative cannot fully represent the diversity of EU LRAs.
To ensure that a political indication on the next phase of the Covenant is provided to the Commission and that all EU LRAs can benefit from this initiative in the best possible way in the future, the Opinion focuses on different aspects such as:
The scope of the initiative, to verify whether it is advisible to broaden the ambit of the Covenant in order to encourage a more transversal and integrated approach;
The monitoring & reporting framework, to ensure that it is aligned with the growing ambitions of the EU, but at the same time does not create a barrier for LRAs to join;
The role of the Coordinators and of the other members of the Covenant Community in supporting Signatories;
The link with funding opportunities, to analyse wich of the EU Funding lines could include some kind of reward or recognition for Covenant Signatories and Coordinators;
The political representativeness of the Covenant Community, to ensure that a political feedback from the Covenant Signatories is provided and duly considered;
The overall consistency of the Energy and Climate framework with the Covenant of Mayors, to avoid double reporting and conflicting requests impacting LRAs;
The relationship between the EU Covenant and the Global Covenant, to ensure that the broadened scope does not affect the initiative in Europe;