Europe's regions and cities have many stories to tell. Local elected politicians are doing big things for our citizens, and driving initiatives that inspire other local leaders around the world.
This brand new section of our website was launched during the Inaugural Plenary of the 2020-2025 Mandate of the European Committee of the Regions. It will feature stories from our Members and our partners, and put the spotlight on some of their best work for Europe's regions and cities.
EU cities and regions at COP 25
Under Chile's Presidency, the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) took 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 was present at COP25 to actively advocate the achievements and commitments of European cities and regions in the fight against global warming.
The CoR delegation to COP25 in Madrid was composed of:
Markku Markkula (EPP/FI)
Cor Lamers (EPP/NL)
Jean-Noël Verfaillie (RE/FR)
Benedetta Brighenti (PES/IT)
Andries Gryffroy (EA/BE)
Tjisse Stelpstra (ECR/NL)
The CoR has closely cooperated with Members who attended COP25 on behalf of their own constituencies.
The objective of COP25 was to finalise the negotiations on the implementation rulebook of the Paris climate agreement as well as to raise climate ambition and commitments 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.