A new Commission strategy to make urban areas greener focuses on better implementation of existing EU environmental policies but proposes little in terms of new initiatives.
The Commission unveiled on 13 January a strategy to make European cities greener. The strategy’s stated goal is “to facilitate better implementation of EU environmental policies and legislation at the local level through exchange of experience and good practice between Europe’s local authorities”.
The strategy’s main novelty is that it allows the use of cohesion funds to support investments that improve the quality of the urban environment.
Other than that, the Commission said it will offer guidance on urban management and urban transport plans, based on cities’ experiences, expert views and research. It proposes setting up an internet portal for local authorities on the Europa website to encourage exchange of best practices. Training will also be offered to local authorities so that they can learn from each other.