The Rhodope plan was prepared in collaboration with a number of local and regional authorities, energy agencies and others and this has made the plan both in line with regional and local priorities and well-accepted by all relevant authorities. In this context, the plan has been endorsed by the three most relevant regional bodies:
- Council on Sustainable Energy at Smolyan District. The council consists of energy experts from the district, municipalities in the district, and other organizations. The plan endorsement took place at the council meeting on 25th May 2016, following the presentation of and discussions regarding the plan.
- The General Assembly of the Association of Rhodope Municipalities. The GA, consisting of the mayors and representatives of the municipal councils of all member municipalities, held its regular meeting on 26th May 2016. At this meeting, the plan was presented, discussed, and endorsed. An ad-hoc working group responsible for the plan’s implementation and monitoring has been established at ARM.
- Council on Energy Efficiency at Kardzhali District. The council consists of energy experts from the district, municipalities in the district, and other organizations. The plan was endorsed at the council meeting on 31st May 2016, which was entirely dedicated to the plan.