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7 July 2020

The Future of Public Spending

It is rare for public procurement to make the headlines. But, as the COVID-19 pandemic sent public authorities around the world scrambling to secure supplies of everything from ventilators and protective gloves to makeshift hospitals, the ability of governments to source what they need quickly, effi...

30 June 2020

How Lousada used environmental education to transform their city

Lousada is a densely populated municipality located in rural Portugal. However, despite its rural setting, there is in general a low appreciation for the importance of nature among residents. The city faces numerous environmental challenges, such as water pollution, forest fires, invasive plant spe...

25 June 2020

Encouraging sustainable mobility in Antwerp post-COVID-19

The global COVID-19 crisis has led to new challenges in the field of mobility. What will mobility look like in this new “social-distance society”? ICLEI Member Antwerp (Belgium) is being proactive. They are working to prevent mobility in the city from tilting back in favour of private c...

24 June 2020

What is the new normal? Challenges and opportunities beyond COVID-19

A reflection from Wolfgang Teubner, Regional Director for Europe, ICLEI. Now, as we seem to have moved beyond the peak of the first large coronavirus/COVID-19 wave in Europe and the dramatic death toll is decreasing, people and economic stakeholders are beginning to push for a fast reduction o...

18 May 2020

Rome responds to COVID-19 with 150 kilometres of new cycle routes

ICLEI Members are taking on various initiatives to support their residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. ICLEI Member Rome (Italy) is no exception: the Rome City Council recently approved the construction of 150 kilometers of temporary and permanent cycle routes on the city’s main streets and ...

11 May 2020

European Mayors call for COVID-19 recovery that supports transformation to a climate neutral society

Last week, the Board of the Covenant of Mayors – Europe (CoM) released an Open Letter calling for post-COVID national and EU-level economic relief investments to be “channelled towards the transformation to a climate neutral society.” They went on to warn that, “otherwis...

6 May 2020

Procurers and companies discuss innovative medical solutions that respond to COVID-19

In response to the current public health crisis, the EIC Accelerator and ICLEI Europe organised an online market engagement event to support getting necessary medical solutions to the cities whose residents need them. On 30 April, public and private procurers from across the European health se...

5 May 2020

ICLEI Europe signs joint letter calling for COVID-19 recovery to support sustainable mobility

On behalf of ICLEI Europe, Wolfgang Teubner, ICLEI Regional Director for Europe, has signed a joint letter to the European Commission’s Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Transport Commissioner Adina Vălean calling for the EU’s COVID-19 exit strategy to support and advocate f...

29 April 2020

Inspiration and support for cities during the COVID-19 pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds around the world, the critical role of local and regional governments in ensuring the physical, emotional and societal health of their residents has never been clearer. Local leaders and communities have been key to introducing early restrictive measures, as well as...