Multilevel Climate and Energy dialogue to deliver the Energy Governance

The European Commission is inviting proposals for Multilevel climate and energy dialogue to deliver the energy governance.

In order to support Member States to fulfil their obligations under the Governance Regulation and the European Green Deal, the European Commission is looking for action able to:

  • Establish a permanent dialogue and create/strengthen structured synergies between different administrative levels (regions, cities, national governments), stakeholders (e.g. civil society, communities, academia, industry and business, NGOs) and tools to reach ambitious and shared decarbonisation targets and better define the role and contribution of the regional/local level to the national energy and climate targets. The aim is to increase co-definition and coherency of strategies and measures at different governance levels, improve monitoring and reporting schemes at local level.
  • Deliver governance or processes models to allow for robust and consistent reporting mechanisms, integrating vertical and horizontal administrative layers and delivering innovative monitoring and verification schemes mixing different approaches (e.g. top-down and bottom-up) and applying such models for the updating of NECPs in appropriate time horizon, taking into account the Energy Efficiency First principle.
  • Make links to other ongoing initiatives and existing dialogue fora aimed at enhancing and implementing connected and relevant policies (e.g. Long-term Renovation Strategies, Recovery and Resilience Plans) and / or initiatives (e.g. existing Roundtables on Sustainable Energy, events organised in the framework of the Sustainable Energy Investment Forums)


The topic aims at supporting Member States in fostering a multilevel dialogue to deliver the energy governance. Collaboration between governance levels (such as regions, cities and communities, national governments) and stakeholders (e.g. civil society, academia, industry and business, NGOs) is crucial to allow for delivery of the clean energy transition and of the European Green Deal.

However, a first analysis of the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) submitted by Member States, shows that communication among different administrative levels is still unsuited to achieve 2030 and 2050 targets. As stated in the Governance Regulation[3], there is a need to support Member States in creating a multi-level climate and energy dialogue, coordinating different governance layers – both vertically and horizontally – in view of the update of the NECPs (foreseen for 2023) and for their monitoring and reporting, foreseen every other year. Multilevel and consistent measures and goals, stronger political commitment and a shared vision are required.

Funding Information

  • LIFE-2021-CET-GOV EUR 5 500 000

Eligibility CriteriaIn order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs)
    • non-EU countries: listed EEA countries and countries associated to the LIFE Programme (participating countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature
  • the coordinator must be established in an eligible country.

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