Scenario > Energy Efficiency Program

This is a future scenario* to show how the charter can create a shift in how Multi-level governance (MLG) is applied in Europe. It has been developed during the “Engagement Interviews”,  (Brussels – 03-04/2012).

* The following story is a fiction imagined during the co-creation process and does not engage the public authorities or stakeholders eventually mentioned.


Antto Tuominen, Director Regional Affairs, Environmental expert (Finland)

The European Commission, through the different greening programs, particularly in relation to developing energy efficiency of buildings in the public sectors, decide to develop targets to be reached at local levels by public authorities. The group of local regions with the Committee of Regions start negotiations with the European Commission by leveraging with the Multi Level Governance Charter. This leads to the Committee of Regions setting overarching targets for energy efficiency of buildings in the public sector. These targets are left with each local level to decide and to organise the best way, according to their context, capabilities and resources to reach these targets. The constant reference to the Multi-level Governance Charter at the core of the negotiation, helped to convince the European Commission to set the new European Directive on Public Building Energy Efficiency in a much more open way.

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