Medium-sized cities as drivers of a greener Europe
The City of Schiedam, together with Eurotowns, the European network for medium-sized cities, hosted a workshop about the importance of medium-sized cities in achieving the EU 2030 climate and energy targets. The workshop showcased several projects from different Eurotowns member cities on how to foster sustainable development in medium-sized cities towards a greener Europe. The presented projects highlighted participatory approaches for greener solutions in medium-sized cities. The workshop was moderated by Carol Thomas from CEMR.
- Medium-sized cities are closer to its citizens
- Smaller size means potential for a more holistic transformation
- Climate strategies can be integrated more quickly into their local policies
- The multilevel approach has to be strengthened
- Involving cities leads to better and more citizen oriented policy making at European level
Take away message
Medium-sized cities are important drivers towards a greener Europe as their a closer to its citizens and climate strategies can be integrated more quickly into their local policies. But there has to be also a behavioral change in order to implement greener solutions.
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"Europe has a role in multilevel government. Realise at local level, implement at national level." by Cor Lamers, Mayor of Schiedam.