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In accordance with the 2018 Governance Regulation, Member States shall prepare and submit to the European Commission the first draft of their “National Energy and Climate Plans” (NECP) before 31 December 2018. The Governance Regulation does not explicitly provide that Member States are obliged to undertake public participation activities prior to submitting the first draft of the NECPS. As NECPs are a crucial tool to ensure that MSs will deliver on their Paris Agreement pledges, we consider that meaningful public engagement in the draft NECPs is required by law and is necessary to achieve our climate goals