The CPMR Climate Task force met in Brussels last month to discuss the latest developments of EU and international climate and energy policy and its working priorities         

President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has declared her intention to make climate a hallmark of her mandate and to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent in face of the increasing challenges stemming from climate change. Furthermore, she proposed the creation of a European Climate Pact that would involve regions. In this context, the meeting of the Climate Task Force focused on:

The results of the CPMR analysis on the draft Integrated National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) were presented. The analysis – based on the replies of 24 member regions to a CPMR questionnaire – shows that a stronger territorial approach and better involvement of regional authorities is needed, as well as more predictable, clear and robust measures for the transport sector and marine renewable energy.

CPMR Policy Position on Climate – Regions, indispensable partners for a new European climate ambition
A draft of the Policy Position, which asks for an ambitious EU climate policy that involves and supports regions through a just transition, was debated during the Climate Task Force meeting in September. The debate, enriched by the comments and suggestions of the attendees, fine-tuned the draft Policy Position. The CPMR then presented this Policy Position on Climate at its 47th General Assembly on 17-18 October in Palermo (Italy).

COP 25
The CPMR has obtained the provisional observer status to the 25th Conference of Parties (COP 25) in Santiago de Chile on 2 – 13 December 2019. The observer status will allow the CPMR and its member regions to participate to COP and organise side-events. During the meeting, the organisation of a CPMR delegation to COP 25 was discussed, and the three side-events – submitted by the CPMR – to the EU Pavilion were presented.

CPMR delegation to the European Parliament
The organisation of a CPMR delegation to the European Parliament was discussed. The meeting would allow CPMR member regions to convey their messages on climate and energy issues to the European Parliament