In a stakeholder forum on the 23rd of November 2022, the new clustering governance objective was elucidated.
Contextualising the EU regulations on the governance of the Energy Union, partners from ICAEN and CRES began by highlighting the current governance structures that define the process for energy transition plans in Europe.
Governance refers to the dispersion of governmental authority across multiple levels (e.g. EU, national, and regional levels) and across multiple actors. This is also known as vertical and horizontal governance, respectively. The concept as a whole reflects the growing interdependence of governmental and non-governmental actors.
Overall, EU institutions have stressed the need for establishing effective multi-level governance structures, emphasising the key role of such structures in the success of European integration. Put simply, there is a real need for a coordinated approach that involves the European Union, the Member States, and local and regional authorities. Without this multi-level cooperation, it is not feasible to plan and implement effective policies.
With this need in mind, ePLANET seeks to improve the structures of governance that determine the delivery of the energy transition. The project aims to:
During the latter stakeholder meeting, Katherina and Eleni (CRES) and Marta and Josep-Maria (ICAEN) went through a comparison of the governance structures of the pilot regions (Zlín region, Girona region, and Crete), before embarking on an analysis of governance structures behind existing EU networks and initiatives. Among others, they discussed: the Covenant of Mayors – Europe initiative, the ENERGee Watch project, and the DAFNI network – which each have their own unique governance structures to learn from.
By reviewing past and ongoing EU and national/regional projects (where one or more of the ePLANET consortium are involved), the stakeholders were able to further highlight different governance structures, methodologies, tools, and digital platforms that can be used to coordinate and monitor energy transition projects.
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Check out our synopsis of the previous ePLANET stakeholder forum.