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EU cities and regions at COP25: we accelerate climate action  

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Under Chile's Presidency, the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Madrid from 2 to 13 December 2019.

As the EU's Assembly of local and regional representatives, the European Committee of the Regions will be present at COP25 and will actively advocate the achievements and commitments of European cities and regions in the fight against global warming. 

The CoR delegation to COP25 in Madrid will be composed of:​​​

Markku Markkula (EPP/FI), CoR's First Vice-President 
- Cor Lamers (EPP/NL), CoR's ENVE Chair and Mayor of Schiedam​
Jean-Noël Verfaillie (RE/FR), CoR's ENVE 2nd Vice-Chair and Member of the Nord Departmental Council
Benedetta Brighenti (PES/IT), Member of Castelnuovo Rangone Municipal Council 
Andries Gryffroy (EA/BE), Member of the Flemish Parliament

Tjisse Stelpstra (ECR/NL), Member of the Executive Council of the Province of Drenthe.​​

The CoR will closely cooperate with Members attending COP25 on behalf of their own constituencies. ​​

COP25 has the goal to finalise the negotiations on the implementation rulebook of the Paris climate agreement. In addition, higher climate ambition and commitments are expected and much needed if we want to avoid the devastating impacts of global warming. ​

Climate Action Best Practices

As cities and regions are at the frontline of climate impacts but also solutions, we present here below a series of climate actions implemented by our members. Whether regional presidents, mayors or city councillors​​, all demonstrate the socio-economic and environmental benefits of decarbonisation and climate action.​

Madrid (Spain): Cleaner mobility and healthier air in Madrid
Cluj-Napoca (Romania): At the forefront of electric buses
Sintra (Portugal): Eixo Verde Azul (EVA) - Green Blue Axis
Glasgow City Region (United Kingdom): Climate Ready Clyde
Košice Self-governing Region (Slovakia): A model farm for growing organic vegetables
Rakvere (Estonia): 2009-2019, "10 years of Covenant of Mayors – Best Practices in Europe"
Drenthe (the Netherlands): Expedition to energy-neutral living in the Province of Drenthe
Rhine-Hunsrück district (Germany): Pioneer for climate protection and energy system transformation in Rhineland- Palatinate
Šibenik-Knin County (Croatia): Coastal Plan with specific focus on climate variability and change
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County (Ireland): Rochestown House - Social Housing Project
Jaraczewo (Poland): Taking small steps to big changes
Wychavon District (United Kingdom): Pershore Wetlands Project
Balearic Islands (Spain): Battery of measures towards decarbonisation
Dundee (United Kingdom): Princes Street Electric Vehicle Charging Hub
Region of Andalusia (Spain): Leading by example the change to renewable energy
North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany): Reducing emissions in the energy-intensive industry with innovations and new technologies
Cork City (Ireland): A plethora of EU-supported projects to meet climate mitigation targets
Burgenland (Austria): Green Growth Powered Locally and Innovatively
Espoo (Finland): Finland's second-largest city Espoo goes carbon-neutral by 2030
Castile and León (Spain) : New Boost to Electric Renewables In Castilla y León
Mechelen (Belgium): Personalised guidance programme for household renovation
Weststellingwerf (The Netherlands): Making the best of the Climate, Rain or Shine
Region of Navarre (Spain): Life Nadapta: Towards an integrated, coherent and inclusive implementation of climate change adapation policy
Rijeka (Croatia): From pre-1945 buildings to energy efficient public infrastructure: the path to sustainability
City of Słupsk (Poland): Improvement of energy efficiency by means of thermal upgrade of buildings


Contact Person: David Crous / / +32 (0) 470 88 10 37
Related Information
COP25 Special Communication Products