Euro-Mediterranean region in the spotlight at Marrakech COP22: ARLEM Commission discusses energy & climate change and cross border cooperation ​

November 17, 2016
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Within the framework of the UN Climate Conference COP22, the second meeting of the Commission for Sustainable Territorial Development of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM), was held this week to discuss two thematic reports: ‘Energy and climate change in the Mediterranean Region’ and ‘Cross-border cooperation in the Mediterranean’.

ARLEM is to adopt both reports in Malta in February 2017. The Euro-Mediterranean assembly will be present at the Union for the Mediterranean ministerial meeting on energy to be held 1 December 2016 in Rome. Ministers will discuss energy cooperation in the Mediterranean and the ways to scaling up energy investments in the region.
As a replicable model to boost sustainable energy investments and facilitate the transition to a low-carbon economy, the European Committee of the Regions presented the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy during COP22. The objective is to stress the added value of the Covenant in the Southern Mediterranean, Sub-Saharan and Western African countries. The event saw a groundbreaking declaration from the Western African Economic and Monetary Union, committed to mobilize its 3300 municipalities to join the Covenant. The CoR will follow up with its partners and the European Commission on this exceptional commitment.
ARLEM was launched in 2010 to bring a territorial dimension to the UfM by involving local and regional authorities more closely in UfM projects. It is composed of 80 local and regional representatives from the EU and its Mediterranean partners and is chaired by a co-presidency, representing Mediterranean partners and the EU. 
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