Let's make a match and fall in 'city love': speed-dating session for cities!

Tue 8, October 2019
09:15 - 10:45 CET

Have you ever felt alone, desperate in wanting to make your city a better, greener place to live and work? Looking for inspiration which could match YOUR needs? Search no more! In this ‘speed-dating session for cities’ you can make new city friends to realise your city’s dreams!

The European Commission's Directorate General for Environment kicks off this inspiring session where you can learn from the best of the best about a range of environmental topics such as mitigation and adaptation to climate change, waste management, sustainable urban mobility or urban governance. European Green Capital winning cities will share with you how they managed the sustainability transition and how you can do the same.

The European Commission will also have information available about their TAIEX peer-to-peer financing scheme that can help to finance any follow-up dates!

New partnerships will be formed and experiences shared in a hands-on and practical way at this ‘world café’ session. Come in, find out, and get inspired!


Current suggested topics:


  • Lahti European Green Capital 2021: Going carbon neutral by 2025, delivering the climate target way ahead with the citizens!

  • Lisbon European Green Capital 2020: Blue and green infrastructure: how to future-proof your city in times of climate change

  • Oslo European Green Capital 2019: Counting CO2 like counting money: reducing emissions by 95% by 2030
  • Nijmegen European Green Capital 2018: All on board of the city’s sustainability train - building partnerships for long-term sustainability

  • Essen European Green Capital 2017: The transformation of an industrial powerhouse to Europe’s Green Capital 2017
  • Bristol European Green Capital 2015: Bristol is Going for Gold! How to get a city to take collective action on food

  • Copenhagen European Green Capital 2014: Get ready to be ‘Copenhagenized’! Or how to make your city bike-friendly
  • Vitoria-Gasteiz European Green Capital  2012: The green belt: bringing nature into the city



Mathias Haas, CEO, Super Social, Austria.
Aitor Albaina, Environmental Technician and EU Project manager, Environmental Studies Centre of the Vitoria-Gasteiz city council, Spain.
Marianne Alfsen, Head of Communications, Oslo European Green Capital 2019 Secretariat, City of Oslo, Norway.
Paul Davies, Head of Bristol & Bath Brussels Office, Bristol City Council, United Kingdom.
Claudia Fusco, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Environment, Unit A3, Belgium.
Gilles Gantelet, Director, European Commission, DG Environment, Belgium.
Maria Alexandra Henriques, Environmental Engineer, Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, Portugal.
Pekka Komu, Member of Lahti City Board, Lahti Municipality, Finland.
Mari Kuparinen, Director, City Development, Lahti Municipality, Finland.
Anne-Marie Larsen, Project Manager City Development, Copenhagen Municipality, Denmark.
Kai Lipsius, Head of Essen's European Green Capital Agency, City of Essen, Germany.
Louis Meuleman, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG Environment, Belgium.
Ton Verhoeven, Senior Advisor Sustainability and Water, Nijmegen Municipalilty, Netherlands.
Participatory Lab - world café, ideas labs
A greener Europe
European Commission - DG ENV
English (EN)
Hall 400.
Address: Mont des Arts, 1000 Brussels

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