The Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme forms an important part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP), which aims to boost Europe's competitiveness. Investment in increased energy efficiency and uptake of renewable energy technologies, through the IEE and European cohesion policy, is a sustainable way of increasing a region's competitiveness, enhancing economic development and helping Europe achieve its 20-20-20 energy and climate policy goals.
As renewable energy and energy efficiency become more prominent in the European cohesion policy programmes, this workshop examined how IEE projects can prepare the ground and support the deployment of Structural Funds to sustainable energy communities and regions.
"IEE programme further complements the use of structural funds by promotion and dissemination of information and awareness campaigns. Structural Funds, Intelligent Energy Programme and Covenant of Mayors need to work closely together in order to boost regional competitiveness for the benefit of local authorities."