The project EE Pannonia – „Elaboration of joint energy efficiency action plan for the border region by municipalities, involving the local communities" is implemented in the framework of the Hungary – Croatia IPA Cross-Border Co-operation Programme 2007-2013. Long-term overall objective of the Programme is to promote culture and knowledge-based development based on the successful management of the natural and cultural heritage and on the intensive socio-economic relations between the two sides of the border region. The project is implemented in the framework of the Co-operative Economy and Intercommunity Human Resource Development – Joint local planning, strategies, programmes priority.
The international cooperation started on 1st of December, 2013 with the partnership of the Lead Beneficiary South Transdanubian Innovation Agency Nonprofit Ltd, the City of Osijek and the Regional Energy Agency North.
The Kyoto protocol, EU 2020 strategy and further commitments force EU countries to rationalize their energy consumption and reduce fossil sources in their energy mix. These requirements give orientation to both Croatia's and Hungary's energy policies in the next years. The role of local authorities in energy saving is significant, thus the project intends to facilitate the energy efficient management of cities by providing support mainly to the municipalities.