28th Council - Antwerp
The European Greens were delighted to gather the green family from across Europe together with Groen, one of the Belgian Green parties, between 18-20 May in the city of Antwerp, Belgium.
The Groen party are currently represented in the city Council, and have a candidate for Mayor.
We believe the Council was a chance for us to share our common goals and lay the groundwork towards the 2019 election campaign, including deciding on the procedure to elect the leading candidates.
Our commitment for a Green transformation of Europe is undimmed. We showed that we have the capacity to organise, inspire, and engage around the issues that matter to people today.
Building a ‘Social Europe’ will be on top of the agenda. As Europeans, we don’t only need a Europe that can compete globally, but one that can offer unparalleled access to care and equal opportunities for its citizens. Other topics discussed were the future of Europe, the blight of plastic pollution and green cities.
The next green local councillors conference “Cities for the Future - The Green Way” will take place on 21-22 June in Norway. The conference will take place in Oslo, the European Green Capital 2019.
The countdown is now on until our pivotal Berlin Council between 23-25 November when we will come together among Greens to map out our shared future. On top of the agenda will be the vote to elect our Leading Candidates (known as spitzenkandidaten) who will represent the Green family at European level and blaze a path towards the May 2019 European elections. Alongside this, we’ll be adopting our Manifesto and launching our campaign plan.