Cities across Europe are committed to the transition to a greener, more sustainable and inclusive future by working with citizens and collaborating in partnerships.
75% of Europe's population lives in urban areas, causing many environmental challenges but it is at the urban scale that most innovative and green solutions can be found.
On issues such as providing cleaner air, reducing noise pollution, establishing cleaner water and tackling waste, cities are at the forefront of change.
Cities are also often demonstrating more ambitious goals than their national and EU level counterparts on climate change.
As city leaders we are all in agreement, and utterly convinced, that achieving the EU’s environmental commitments and the Paris climate goals can only be done if cities are on board; both in terms of contribution to the policy making process, as well as through better access to resources for cities.
The EU can help speed up this transition, through providing more support to cities for mutual learning and capacity building, by reinforcing effective tools, and recognising cities as strategic partners.
The EU Green Week, with its focus on cities is spot on. EUROCITIES is present all week, as a partner, and as interlocutor in several of the events. If you happen to be there, come and meet us on our stand!