The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) has put forward a Green Deal roadmap for 2021. At the 4th meeting of the Green Deal Going Local working group, local leaders agreed on the political objectives and priorities to accelerate the carbon-neutral transition while placing cities and regions at the heart of the COVID-19 recovery.
Fostering active subsidiarity, reinforcing institutional cooperation and facilitating direct access to EU funds are key goals. The renovation of buildings, greening urban areas and decarbonising transport stand as focus areas. The meeting included discussions on the Intelligent Cities Challenge and the Just transition Mechanism. Both have prominent places in delivering the Green Deal agenda.
As part of the CoR's 'Building resilient communities' priority, Green Deal Going Local (GDGL) is an initiative which aims to place cities and regions at the core of the European Green Deal and ensure that both the EU's sustainable growth strategy and the COVID-19 recovery plans translate into direct funding for cities and regions and tangible projects for every territory. In order to inspire and accelerate action, Green Deal Going Local includes an online map with 200 best practices.
Ahead of COP26, the CoR is working on a draft opinion on 'Stepping up Europe's 2030 climate ambition towards COP26'. The rapporteur is Vincent Chauvet, Mayor of Autun.
Source: European Committee of the Regions (https://bit.ly/3dFVkwH)