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18 March 2024

Leading local and EU decision makers discuss translating the EU Green Deal into local action

Last week brought more than 200 Mayors and local representatives together with EU leaders and the Belgian EU Council Presidency to discuss translating the EU Green Deal into local action. During the event, key EU decision makers including European Commission Executive Vice President Maroš &Sc...

8 March 2024

Address inequalities in the European Green Deal through practical recommendations

The European Green Deal foresees efficient use of resources for a circular and clean economy. Yet inequalities emerge in the context of its policy and interventions, whether in terms of access to food, energy, mobility, or biodiversity. The ACCTING project, of which ICLEI is a partner, seeks to und...

5 March 2024

Community initiatives enable a more inclusive and democratic European Green Deal

In recent years, the discourse around sustainable energy systems has increasingly emphasised the importance of citizen engagement and participation. In the 45th Breakfast at Sustainability's, held as a hybrid event in ICLEI Europe Brussels Office and online, experts and stakeholders convened to disc...

4 March 2024

ICLEI Europe brings local voices to the European Conference for a Just Transition

Cities and regions are the level at which at least 70% European Green Deal legislation must be implemented and are therefore at the frontline of actions to stem the climate crisis and societal challenges. From 4-5 March, a delegation from ICLEI Europe took part in the European Conference for a Just...

26 February 2024

Contribute to the conversation around collaborative climate adaptation

Climate change adaptation and resilience – like any other form of climate action – must be done collaboratively to reflect realities on the ground, to be locally-tailored and impactful, and to be accepted. However, there remains a lack of knowledge, regarding the initiatives already carr...

21 February 2024

Working with the Belgian Presidency towards a strong role for local governments in the next European mandate

An enormous task lies before the Belgian government as they take over the Presidency of the European Council for the period from January-June 2024. The coming months will be crucial not only for preparing for the European elections, but also for determining whether Europe maintains its course toward...

1 February 2024

ICLEI and partners rally support for a science-based EU 2040 climate target

ICLEI and its partners from the Coalition for Higher Ambition are rallying broad support for a science-based 2040 climate target. Ahead of the publication of the European Commission’s Communication on the EU Climate Target 2040 expected in February, members of the Coalition have prepared a joi...

26 January 2024

New ICLEI leadership sets out a joint strategic work plan and agenda until 2027

Mayors of the newly elected ICLEI European Regional Executive Committee (RexCom) came together in Brussels (Belgium) for the first time of their three-year mandate to set out a shared agenda and work plan for the organisation. Priorities of the joint work plan include putting in place action towards...

25 January 2024

40 EU cities come together in Brussels to call for an ambitious future EU urban policy

Yesterday, ICLEI RexCom Members Aalborg (Denmark) and Antwerp (Belgium), as well as ICLEI Europe Regional Director Wolfgang Teubner took the stand at a high-level event discussing the future of the EU urban policy with 40 of Europe’s biggest cities, hosted by Perspective Brussels, the urban pl...