The Covenant of Mayors was launched by the European Commission to support local authorities’ efforts to implement a sustainable energy policy. The city of Vaasa has signed the Covenant of Mayors 2014. In the agreement, the city undertakes to increase both energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources in the city area. The goal is to reduce greenhouse emissions by 20% by 2020, according to the plan. In March 2017, the Covenant of Mayors Office approved the City of Vaasa’s Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP).
Vaasa was accepted as the only Finnish city for the Energy Transition partnership within the framework of the Urban Agenda for the EU in the summer of 2017. The Urban Agenda for the EU consolidates cooperation between member countries in the field of urban development.
The Federation of Ostrobothnia is an important guardian and, together with three other provincial federations, maintains the EU office in Brussels, the West Finland European Office , which is an important channel for monitoring issues towards the EU.