15.03.2024 | Brussels (BE)

Translating the EU Green Deal into Local Action

Conference for local and regional leaders

Time: 9:00 – 17:30

Local authorities are in the driver’s seat of Europe’s transition, as the ones implementing the Green Deal on the ground. Their mobilisation capacity should be embedded in the heart of the EU Green Deal initiatives to facilitate the best possible participation of citizens, enterprises, and local community organizations.

Holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2024, the government of the Flanders region of Belgium is inviting 550 mayors ‘Fit for 55’ to highlight the way forward for EU Green Deal’s supportive initiatives for local governments, based on practical experiences. As a concrete example, Flanders has launched a Local Energy and Climate Pact as a contractual basis for tangible targets and support, per number of inhabitants, between the regional and local governments.

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Post-2024 recommendations
At the conference, the Committee of the Regions will formally hand over the Declaration of European local and regional leaders to Alexander De Croo (Prime Minister of Belgium). This Declaration with a clear set of recommendations and signed by 550 mayors and regional leaders from across Europe will be a reaffirmation to local commitments to reach the objectives of the European Green Deal.

The conference will present inspirational initiatives, policies, and methods from Flanders and abroad. As a participant, you will be able to choose from a range of plenary sessions and panels with inspiring, high-level political representatives of all levels of government, and in-depth sessions with experts from across Europe.

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