New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers' Annual Conference (NEG/ECP)
The mission of the Conference is to advance the interests of the six states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) and five provinces (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec). The Conference encourages cooperation in five ways:
- developing networks and relationships
- taking collective action
- engaging in regional projects and endorsing projects by others
- undertaking research
- increasing public awareness of shared interests
Since 1973, the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers have met annually (with the exception of 1991, 1992, 1996 and 2004) to share ideas and advance common interests. The NEG/ECP Conference has successfully undertaken initiatives in the areas of trade, energy, economic development, environment, oceans, forestry, agriculture, fisheries, transportation, information technology and tourism.
The Conference is a unique and highly effective international relationship of eleven jurisdictions that builds on historic ties. Specific accomplishments include:
- adopted action plans to reduce the impacts of climate change (2001), acid rain (1998), mercury deposition (1998), and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector (2008);
- implemented a regional program and achieved reductions in greenhouse gas emissions;
- sponsored international forums on energy, the environment, and published energy inventories/profiles;
- adopted the Mystic Covenant, a pledge to strengthen and promote trade relations;
- established agreements for international assistance in Emergency Management and Preparedness; and
- examined issues associated with changing demographics and its effect on the economy.