The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy entered a new phase in its history with the launch of the European Covenant of Mayors Board, reaffirming the initiative as a unique political movement steered by mayors.
The first meeting of the European Covenant of Mayors Board took place at the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) in Brussels on Friday 10 February 2017. European Commission vice-president Maroš Šefčovič, former UNFCCC executive secretary Christiana Figueres,Claude Turmes MEP and European Committee of the Regions vice-president Karl-Heinz Lambertz were present. Daniël Termont, president of EUROCITIES represents the network on the board, which also include 6 other mayors and local elected representatives.
The European Covenant of Mayors Board will give local and regional leaders the opportunity to play a greater role in shaping and further guiding the initiative. Board members will also campaign for frameworks to enable local climate and energy action, raising awareness about local needs among European and national decision makers. This board aims to discuss the strategic orientation of the initiative, to ensure it best fits cities’ needs, to further tailor it to their expectations and to foster the dialogue between the European Covenant Community and the EU institutions.
Speaking at the event Daniël Termont said, "If the Covenant of Mayors is to remain a driver for climate and energy action, it needs to be a platform for dialogue between mayors and the European institutions. [It] should also work as a partnership between local actors and EU decision-makers."
The European Covenant of Mayors Board is also linked to the board of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, the world’s largest coalition of cities and local governments leading the fight against climate change. The Global Covenant of Mayors Board is chaired by European Commission vice-president Maroš Šefčovič, Michael Bloomberg and former UNFCCC executive secretary Christiana Figueres, and steered by 10 mayors from all over the world.