Sustainable Energy Actions for Europe's Cohesion

The project was set-up to lay the ground for an extended use of decentralised and sustainable energy actions of the European Cohesion Programmes after 2006. Starting from the favourable framework conditions the EU set for the Cohesion Policies the project helped to bring these priorities into the national and regional Cohesion and Structural Programmes. An alliance out of industry, SMEs, political pressure groups and development organisations targeted decision makers in countries with underdeveloped rural regions. The project demonstrated best practice in eight target regions by the design of Master Plans that aimed at the implementation of RE & RUE projects in selected regions. It identified the best funding mechanisms and elaborated suitable cooperation schemes. The following target regions were selected: Czech Republic: Zlin Region Latvia: Limbazi Region Slovak Republic: Velky Krtis Lithuania: Kaunas Region Poland: Poviat Nowa Sol Greece: Prefecture of Evros Estonia: Saaremaa Island Italy: Alta Locride