Increasing civic participation in local energy efficiency policies and activities in Rila municipality (2022-2023)

The overall objective of the project is to increase citizen participation in the formation, implementation and monitoring of the implementation of local policies on energy efficiency in the municipality of Rila.The planned activities of the project analyze the state of local policies in the field of energy efficiency in terms of their implementation and involvement of citizens in the planning and implementation processes. This includes analysis and evaluation of two strategic documents from the past programming period (2014-2020) and three current ones, regulating and formulating energy policy at the level of Rila Municipality. Particular attention will be paid to the implemented and envisaged opportunities for involvement and participation of all stakeholders in the process of planning, implementation and control of energy efficiency measures. Based on the information from these analyzes, recommendations will be made for improving the strategic documents of the Municipality of Rila in order to achieve effective civic participation in their implementation. The project is implemented by the Bulgarian School of Politics “Dimitry Panitza” in partnership with the leading organization Association of Bulgarian Cities and Regions and is financed by the Operational Program “Good Governance” (OPGG), co-financed by the European Social Fund of the European Union.