Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa has said that the European initiative called the New European Bauhaus was of crucial importance to ensure that the bloc achieved its climate goals.
“By improving the sustainability, aesthetics, inclusivity and accessibility of housing and the surrounding environment, the five dimensions of the New European Bauhaus are of crucial importance to ensure we can achieve our commitment to being carbon-neutral by 2050,” he said on Thursday (22 April).
The prime minister was speaking at the opening session of a conference dedicated to the New European Bauhaus, an initiative launched by the European Commission in January that aims to combine a cultural and aesthetic movement with the climate transition by mobilising designers, architects, engineers and scientists to reinvent a sustainable way of life.
Saying that the EU is trying to ensure that the socio-economic recovery from the crisis can be achieved through the green and digital transition, Costa stressed that this recovery must also translate into real improvements in the lives of citizens.
“We need creative, innovative and sustainable projects that have a great impact on our lives,” he pointed out.
“Fulfilling the European Gren Deal means taking action in our cities, which are responsible for 75% of all greenhouse gas emissions, and implies namely improving the energy efficiency of buildings and transport”, he said.
According to Costa, the New European Bauhaus may contribute to building a better future by bringing art and culture together under the same roof, ensuring that tomorrow’s buildings and furniture are more sustainable, efficient and inclusive, and more beautiful.
The prime minister said he was proud that Portugal was developing furniture inspired by the New European Bauhaus, giving the example of a table specially created for the informal European Council, which will take place in Porto on 8 May under the Portuguese presidency of the EU Council.
“It is entirely made of biomaterials collected from our forests and was produced using digital technologies,” he said.
Costa concluded by saying that the current decade needs beauty, renewal and buildings with a human aspect, reiterating that it needs the New European Bauhaus.
The conference on the New European Bauhaus, taking place on Thursday and Friday, was organised by the European Commission in the scope of the initiative it launched in January. It is currently in the design phase.
During this phase, the aim is to shape the concept of the movement by understanding what already exists and to see how and where the new European Bauhaus can accelerate, realise and materialise new ideas.
After this phase, the realisation phase will follow. The projects chosen during the design stage will start to be developed, and the dissemination phase will seek to spread the new ideas and concepts to a wider audience, not only in Europe but also beyond.
In addition to António Costa, the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the president of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, also spoke at the conference’s opening session.