European Stakeholders


AESOP is an international association with scientific, artistic and educational purposes and operates according to its Charter.

With over 150 members, AESOP is the only representation of planning schools of Europe. Given this unique position, AESOP strengthens its profile as a professional body. AESOP mobilizes its resources, taking a leading role and entering its expertise into ongoing debates and initiatives regarding planning education and planning qualifications of future professionals.


The International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) is a global association of experienced professional planners. It was founded in 1965 in a bid to bring together recognised and highly-qualified planners in an international network.

The ISOCARP network brings together individual and institutional members from more than 80 countries worldwide. Members are planners and other stakeholders involved in the development and maintenance of the built environment.


European Council of Spatial Planners (ECTP-CEU)  is the umbrella organisation for spatial Planning institutes in Europe. It brings together 25 professional town planning associations and institutes from 23 European countries as well as corresponding members. It provides its members with a common framework to promote the visibility, recognition of the important societal role and practice of planning and urban development in Europe and its teaching, continuing professional development and the definition of professional responsibilities.


The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) is an alliance of European public research centres and universities. EERA brings together more than 160 research centres and universities. Actively working together on 17 joint research programmes, they build on national research initiatives.

The EERA Joint Programmes are aligned with the priorities for low carbon technologies defined in the SET-Plan.


RSA works with its international membership to facilitate the highest standards of theoretical development, empirical analysis and policy debate of issues at this sub-national scale, incorporating both the urban and rural and different conceptions of space such as city-regions and interstitial space. Members come from economics, geography, political science, planning and sociology backgrounds. Most work in academia but many are working in policy and practice, and membership is truly global.


EURADA has a membership of about 70 regional development agencies from across the European Union. EURADA runs conferences and seminars and has an extensive publications programme. It keeps its members up to date with EU policy developments and provides briefing on critical issues such as state aid rules. It alerts members to funding and contract opportunities and helps with forming and running partnerships.


ENoLL is the international federation of benchmarked Living Labs in Europe and worldwide. ENoLL counts over 170 active Living Labs members worldwide, including active members in 20 of the 28 EU Member States and in 2 of the candidates. Directly, as well as through its active members, ENoLL provides co-creation, user engagement, test and experimentation facilities targeting innovation in many different domains including energy.


The EU Initiative “Climate for Mayors and Energy” is the mainstream European movement involving local and regional authorities in the fight against climate change. It is based on a voluntary commitment by signatories to meet and exceed the EU CO2 reduction objective through increased energy efficiency and development of renewable energy sources.

New signatories now pledge to reduce CO2emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and to adopt an integrated approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

The Covenant of Mayors is open to all local authorities democratically constituted with/by elected representatives, whatever their size and whatever the stage of implementation of their energy and climate policies.

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