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Policy Briefs No. 2: Policy Recommendations on Coordination Mechanism

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Christos Tourkolias, Minas Iatridis
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This policy brief presents a set of policy recommendations on coordination mechanisms resulting from the identification and analysis of a broad range of European best practices. Solid multi-level governance models are a prerequisite for the development of coherent and synergistic plans; still, effective coordination mechanisms among policy layers are difficult to emplace, according to the authors. They highlight the importance of clearly defined responsibilities for energy efficiency policy making and the implementation and allocation of responsibilities between administrative levels; involving local and regional actors in the energy efficiency policy formulation process; engaging authorities through fora and networks; the need to adopt legal obligations and develop specific financial support schemes as a motivation tool for local and regional authorities; the development of skills through capacity building and the implementation of procedures facilitating access to data and information.