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EU Commission launches Call for Mission Cities

The EU Commission officially launched its Mission Cities call on 25 November with the aim of supporting at least 100 European cities to achieve ‘climate neutrality’ by 2030. Municipalities can thus now apply to become Mission Cities and thus receive full-scale, tailor-made technical, regulatory and financial advice on their ambitious climate plans.

In addition to support across a range of areas such as citizen engagement, governance, finance and systemic innovation, Mission Cities will receive preferred access to a variety of funding opportunities via EU programmes, the European Investment Bank, national banks and private investors. A smaller group of 30 Mission Cities will additionally get assistance developing their own municipal strategies via the dedicated Mission Platform. 

Municipalities interested in applying must clearly state an ambition to go climate neutral by 2030 and have a at least 50,000 inhabitants (10,000 in countries with mainly smaller cities such as Croatia, Ireland, Luxembourg, Slovenia or Slovakia). The EU Commission has organised a series of three webinars from 30 November to 15 December 2021 to help applicants through the process. The call, termed the “Call for Expression of Interest”, will close on 31 January 2022 with selection of the Mission Cities taking place in April 2022. Climate Alliance is part of the NetZeroCities consortium, which is supporting the roll-out of the European Commission’s Cities Mission and charged with running the Mission Platform.

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