Today at COP25, European Commission’s Executive-Vice President for the European Green Deal Frans Timmermans was announced as the new Co-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, alongside Michael R. Bloomberg.
The European Commission and Bloomberg Philanthropies affirmed their joint commitment to the next phase for the Global Covenant, the largest global alliance for city climate leadership, uniting a global coalition of over 10,000 cities and local governments.
The Commission will increase its current support for the initiative in 2020, in its determination to tackle the climate crisis across governance levels and sectors.
Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: “Urban climate action is at the heart of the European Green Deal and is essential to achieving a Global Green Deal . I’m proud to join the leadership of the Global Covenant of Mayors, bringing the commitment of cities into our climate pact – together with regions, civil society, industry and schools – to build on our experience and track record of supporting critical climate action needed for our people and planet.”
Executive Vice-President Timmermans will replace former Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič as Co-Chair of the Global Covenant.