4 May 2018
The EU-wide initiative 'Cities4Europe – Europe for citizens' to promote the role of local-level politics in the lives of EU citizens is set to kick off on 7 May.
European, national and local political leaders, as well as renowned cultural personalities will engage in a series of events during the month of May to explore new solutions to the societal and environmental challenges of urban living.
Ahead of the campaign launch, European Green Party co-chair Reinhard Bütikofer said:
“We feel hugely encouraged by this initiative that highlights the central role that local representatives play in shaping our political culture in Europe.
“It is within an urban setting that we are faced with our biggest societal and environmental challenges. Local-level politics must be fast-moving to respond effectively to the varied, and highly changeable circumstances of inner-city life. Creative and innovative thinking are needed to provide for the needs of its citizens in a sustainable way and maintain an inclusive and cohesive society.
“Bridging the divide between local and EU politics is critical for a more effective European Union that answers directly to its citizens. The European Union must capitalize on events such as these to underscore its credibility. The effectiveness of EU policies must ultimately be borne out in improving standards and increased well-being in our towns and cities.
“The Greens have been long-standing supporters of the need to focus on local-level action, most notably through its ‘Local Councilors Network’ that has served as a platform to share information, best practices and capacity building.
“We look forward to mapping out a positive, and sustainable future in what we hope will be a lively debate full of new ideas for a better shared future.”
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