The deadline for the public call for local self-governments (LSGs) to apply for the competition in developing Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs) under the “Green Kick” project has been extended until April 5.

Smart Kolektiv organization, which is implementing this project in Serbia, has announced a public call for the application of LSG for the competition for the development of SECAP, which is open until April 05, 2024. SECAP is a key document that represents the way in which local authorities will contribute to the implementation of specific activities aimed at mitigating the impacts and enhancing adaptation capacities at the local level, in relation to climate change, as well as efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Based on predetermined criteria, five municipalities/cities will be selected to work on the development of SECAP in the coming period. The selected LSG will receive support for developing these strategic documents as technical assistance, including advisory services and engagement of experts for document preparation. During this process, activities will also be organized for employees in local government concerning capacity building, such as training and workshops.  

As a condition for preparing SECAP, selected municipalities/cities will accede to the Covenant of Mayors – the world’s largest movement of cities and municipalities focused on local activities affecting climate and energy. By joining this covenant, LSG demonstrate their commitment to achieving EU climate and energy goals, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  

The call is announced within the three-year project “Green Kick,” which is simultaneously implemented in three countries of the region and aims to strengthen the influence of civil society in the field of decarbonization and climate change protection. Some of the main activities of the project include capacity development, improving cooperation between civil society organizations and LSG, and the public campaign “Green Transition has no alternative.” The project is implemented in partnership with the Center for Development and Support from Tuzla and FORS Montenegro from Nikšić.  

More information about the public call and application process is available in Serbian language on this link.  

The “Green Kick” project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is an instrument for financing projects of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). EUKI’s call for project idea selection was conducted by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The comprehensive objective of EUKI is to promote climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.