The consortium and the Advisory Board of the “Facilitating Multi-level Governance for Energy Efficiency (multEE)” project met in Sarajevo on April 14 and 15.
The meeting in Sarajevo served to discuss project achievements so far, as well as next steps. Particular focus was put on the recently published report on good practices for Monitoring and Verification Schemes and Coordination Mechanisms in the EU 28 + FYR Macedonia, as well as on recommendations to policymakers (Project Deliverable 1.3).
Applying the concept of multi-level governance in the energy field is still relatively new, especially for the countries in Southeast Europe, stated project coordinator Benjamin Struss at the meeting. A top-down approach of policy formulation and pursuit of technical solutions still dominate in these countries, rather than an inclusive approach and capacity development. “However, when true progress in transforming our energy systems is at stake, we need all levels of government on board. Hence, we need to especially empower local and regional actors to implement the ambitious targets the national governments have committed themselves to fulfilling,” he underscored.
The multEE project is led by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and is co-financed under the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
Further information on the Balkan Green Energy News