Cities mission guidance now out: Municipalities encouraged to register interest
The European Union has now issued a comprehensive informational kit to help cities prepare to take part in its new Cities Mission. The Mission aims to support at least 100 European cities to achieve 'climate neutrality' by 2030, providing full-scale tailor-made technical, regulatory and financial advice to selected cities on their way to reaching net-zero. The European Commission has earmarked some 360 million euros in funds for action linked to the Cities Mission through 2023 alone. The Mission label will thus be a gateway to funding via EU programmes but also act as a door-opener for a variety of funding opportunities via the European Investment Bank, national banks and private investors. Climate Alliance is part of the NetZeroCities consortium that is supporting the roll-out of the European Commission’s Cities Mission.
Municipalities interested in applying to become one of the 100 Mission Cities must clearly state their ambition to go climate neutral by 2030 and have at least 50,000 inhabitants (10,000 in countries with mainly smaller cities such as Croatia, Ireland, Luxembourg, Slovenia or Slovakia). The official call for applications, termed the "Call for Expression of Interest", will open later this November and close in January 2022. With this newly published informational kit, interested municipalities can already get an thorough overview of the application requirements. They can further register their interest to ensure that they are informed as soon as the official call is published.