At the opening of the EU Green Cities Summit in Brussels, high-level speakers including Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment; Raymond Johansen, Mayor of Oslo; and Duarte Corderio, Vice-Mayor of Lisbon, threw the spotlight on urban sustainability in EU cities.
The summit tackled questions about how we can steer cities towards a sustainable path, and what the EU can do to support cities, spread successes, improve the ways cities are governed and help them plan for the long-term. Speakers also focused on transitioning to the Circular Economy and how to accelerate its uptake and remove barriers to change.
European Commissioner for the Environment, Karemenu Vella said: 'The European Union has a responsibility not only to help its own cities to grow sustainably, but to help others do the same. We need to share the very best practices collected in Europe's most sustainable cities.
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