The 'Green Deal Going Local' working group is a new initiative of the European Committee of the Regions that aims at placing cities and regions at the core of the European Green Deal and ensure that both the EU's sustainable growth strategy and the COVID-19 recovery plan translate into direct funding for cities and regions and tangible projects for every territory,
The 'Green Deal Going Local' working group has three specific objectives:
To provide a crosscutting view on the numerous policy areas within the European Green Deal and ensure policy coherence and consistency across files and related opinions.
To reinforce the institutional outreach of the European Committee of the Regions on the Green Deal as to place cities and regions at the core of the path towards climate-neutrality.
To channel the challenges that local and regional authorities are facing while implementing the green transition locally and communicate their achievements and best practices as to facilitate its replication across the European Union.
The 'Green Deal Going Local' working group is composed of thirteen local and regional elected representatives. The Chair of the working group is Juan Espadas (ES/PES), Mayor of Seville.
Through the European Green Deal, the European Union has committed to become the first carbon-neural continent in the world by 2050. The European Green Deal includes a set of legislative measures, policy actions and funding mechanisms which scope extends to the following areas:
- Sustainable Energy
- Circular Economy
- Clean Transport
- Nature & Biodiversity
- Food & Agriculture
- Green Finance & Industry