EPP Congress side event highlights added value of local and regional measures against climate change

Tomorrow, 7 November, leading politicians of the European People’s Party (EPP) gather in Helsinki at a side event of the EPP Congress, entitled EPP-led cities joining forces to deliver sustainable solutions for citizens, to discuss the added value of cities as key actors for sustainable growth.

The purpose of the event is to highlight the political commitment and work of EPP-led cities and regions to tackle climate change, which is currently considered by EU citizens as one of the most pressing issues to be addressed. Both EPP Spitzenkandidat candidates, Alexander Stubb and Manfred Weber, will join the discussion and share their views on how the European Commission should work together with local and regional authorities for a more sustainable Europe.

With ambitious, yet realistic targets and actions, cities and regions convert climate-related challenges into opportunities to build more sustainable communities, foster competitive low-carbon local economies and boost investments in innovation, while protecting our natural resources and the environment. This important theme links to the discussions at the EPP Congress, which will adopt a policy paper on Sustainable Europe. The EPP believes that the transition to a low carbon economy presents a great opportunity for the European Union.

As climate change has no borders, only by working in partnership with the local, regional, national and European levels and in line with the principle of subsidiarity, can we achieve sustainable and long-lasting results. Together with the wider EPP family, we will continue building vibrant and sustainable societies for the people and with the people,” said Michael Schneider, President of the EPP Group in the European Committee of the Regions (EPP-CoR).

Ahead of the European elections in 2019, a number of EPP Local Dialogues with citizens have taken place in EU’s regions and cities to collect people’s expectations on issues that matter to them. Tomorrow’s seminar demonstrates how EPP leaders deliver practical solutions on the ground, and how the EU supports growth in a cohesive, inclusive and sustainable way across regions, cities, and municipalities. Mayors, regional and national leaders and EU-level politicians will debate the topic, presenting concrete solutions implemented by Europe’s cities and regions.

The event is organised by EPP-CoR, the EPP and the Finnish political party Kokoomus, upon the invitation of Petteri Orpo, Chairman of Kokoomus, and Michael Schneider, President of EPP-CoR.

The seminar is also an opportunity to showcase Finnish local government’s commitment to sustainable development. The host city of the event, Helsinki, aims to reduce its CO2 emissions by 60% by 2030. The debates will be followed by a study visit to the city of Espoo, a forerunner in the implementation of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals and one of the most sustainable cities in Europe.

The draft agenda of the event can be found here.

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Details of the event

EPP-led cities joining forces to deliver sustainable solutions for citizens –
EPP-Congress side event – Helsinki, Messukeskus, 7 November from 11:00 to 12:30

Speakers in the programme:

Sari Rautio, Chair of Hämeenlinna city board, Vice-chair of the board, Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities
Michael Schneider, President of the EPP Group, European Committee of the Regions
Joseph Daul, President of the European People’s Party
Esther de Lange, EPP Vice-President, EPP-EP Group Vice-Chair and coordinator of the EU 2019 elections
Antti Häkkänen, Minister of Justice, Vice-Chair of Kokoomus
Alexander Stubb, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank
Jan Vapaavuori, Mayor of Helsinki
Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia
Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the European Commission, Commissioner for Jobs, Growth, Investment & Competitiveness
Raffaele Cattaneo, Regional Minister for Environment of Lombardy Region, EPP-CoR Group
Sirpa Pietikäinen, Member of the European Parliament
Manfred Weber, Chair of the EPP Group in the European Parliament
Apostolos Tzitzikostas, Governor of the Greek Region of Central Macedonia, political coordinator for the 2019 EU elections of the EPP-CoR Group
Deirdre Forde, Councillor of Cork County Council, EPP-CoR Group
Nikola Dobroslavić, President of Dubrovnik-Neretva Region, CoR rapporteur on the Multiannual Financial Framework package 2021-2027, EPP-CoR Group
Bianca Debaets, State Secretary, Government of the Brussels Capital Region
Markku Markkula, Chair of Espoo city board, First Vice-President of the CoR, EPP-CoR Group

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