This year’s edition of EU Green Week explored ways in which the EU is helping cities to become better places to live and work. Showcasing policy developments on air quality, noise, waste and water management, it promoted participatory approaches to urban development, networking schemes, and tools for sharing best practices, engaging local authorities and citizens, and encouraging them to share their vision of a sustainable future.
EU Green Week 2018 included events across Europe, a high level conference in Brussels from 22-24 May 2018, and opening and closing events (21 and 25 May) that took place in the Member States. These high-level opening and closing events had a particular prominence, having set the tone for the week’s debates, and showcasing political conclusions at the end.
In the words of EU Commissioner Vella: “For Green Cities to truly blossom, coordination needs to flourish at all levels. I think things are changing. This week I have not only heard about problems but also solutions. It’s especially encouraging to see that solutions involve the younger generation. We used to build cities for people. In recent years we have been building cities for cars. We need to make cities more liveable for people. Every week should be a Green Week, every day should be a green day! We will not stop until every single citizen is breathing the right air quality.”
photo credit: city of Rijeka