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 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.
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.