FEDARENE recommendations on the post-2020 Clean Energy for EU Islands Initiative

FEDARENE, under the guidance of its Vice-President Kostas Komninos, has issued a series of recommendations on the continuation of the Clean Energy for EU Islands (CE4EUI) Initiative in the period post-2020.

In May 2017, 14 Member States (MS) and the European Commission (EC) signed the Malta Declaration, launching the Clean Energy for EU Islands (CE4EUI) Initiative with the aim to help islands reduce their dependency on energy imports by making better use of their own renewable energy sources and embracing more modern and innovative energy systems. A first step to deliver on the goals of the Initiative has been the establishment of the CE4EUI Secretariat, which will conclude its activities in 2020. For the moment, there is no provision for the continuation of the Initiative in the period post-2020.

Against this backdrop and with the Croatian Presidency of the Council approaching, FEDARENE Islands College1 comes forward with a set of recommendations to contribute in the dialogue regarding the sustainability of the CE4EUI Initiative. These recommendations culminate in the establishment of a long-term Management Body (MB), tasked with realizing the objectives of the Initiative. The set-up and operation of this body needs to be underpinned by a legal framework, jointly agreed upon and binding for the European Commission and Member States who choose to engage.

Considering their role and extensive experience in designing and delivering sustainable energy projects on islands, the members of the FEDARENE Islands College declare their readiness and commitment to support the set-up and operation of this body and its roll-out in the respective Member States. The recommendations included in this memo focus on the structure, governance and thematic intervention of the MB.

The document is a collective effort of FEDARENE members with long-standing presence in islands across the EU, whose role has been pivotal in designing and delivering sustainable energy projects locally for more than 20 years now. It echoes their in-depth understanding of what it takes to accelerate the clean energy transition on islands and more so in a sustainable manner, securing the necessary financial resources and political support at EU and Member States level in the long-run.