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Big cities - the driving force of entire regions

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Cities are at the forefront of the fight against climate change, therefore additional funding for projects that have a direct impact on the quality of life of citizens is essential. The Presidents of the Pact of Free Cities delivered the common statement of the representatives of European cities in Brussels.

On 12 February, in the European Parliament, the presidents of Budapest, Prague and Warsaw discussed the importance of raising additional European funds for specific projects, especially those related to climate policy.

“Last year, together with mayors of Budapest, Prague and Bratislava we established the Pact of Free Cities. Today in Brussels we are striving for the interests of our inhabitants, focusing on additional, direct support from EU funds for local government bodies,” said during the conference Rafał Trzaskowski, Mayor of the Capital City, and added “For Warsaw the most important are additional funds for non-emission public transport, thermo-modernisation, and liquidation of fossil fuels and renewable sources of energy.”

The Presidents also discussed the details of projects that require additional funding with Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President of the European Commission.

On 13 February, mayors from the Pact of Free Cities met with Elisa Ferreira, European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reform, to discuss the details of raising funds directly for cities - bearing in mind that the aim of cohesion policy is the balanced development of all regions.

It is worth reminding, in December 2019 the presidents of Bratislava, Budapest, Prague and Warsaw signed the Pact of Free Cities in the Hungarian capital. They pledged in it to defend democratic values and collectively seek European subsidies directly for their local government bodies.

 

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