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  • Policy papers 12 September 2023

    Cities urge the EU to pedal away from polluting vehicles

    In a new policy paper, Eurocities members tap into their long-standing experience to advice the European Commission on the key steps to make its upcoming cycling declaration successful in cities. 

    4 minute read
  • Policy papers 28 August 2023

    Cities lead the pack to tackle energy poverty

    A new Eurocities paper showcases local governments’ best practices to tackle energy poverty and help alleviate its consequences.  

    4 minute read
  • Policy papers 14 July 2023

    How the EU can work better with cities

    Ahead of next year’s European elections, a new Eurocities policy paper says there is a need to review and improve the current initiatives for collaboration between the EU and cities. This will ensure that cities can play a key role in developing EU policies that build a green, prosperous urban future.

    3 minute read
  • Policy papers 5 July 2023

    Paving the way for zero-emission buses in cities

    CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles are disproportionately high; this although their number in cities is low compared to other means of transport. In a new position paper, Eurocities provides recommendations to EU policymakers that focus on the decarbonisation of buses, the most common form of urban public transport. 

    4 minute read
  • Policy papers 22 May 2023

    Joint letter on nature restoration

    Eurocities and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) have issued a joint statement in response to the European Commission's proposed EU Nature Restoration Law (NRL).

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  • Policy papers 3 May 2023

    Unpacking the Packaging Waste Regulation

    The European Commission is proposing some major changes to the way we handle packaging waste.

    3 minute read
  • Policy papers 2 May 2023

    Cities welcome Nature Restoration Law

    Despite push-back from some member states, cities welcome the new Nature Restoration Law, and its legally binding targets for local ecosystems. However, some concerns remain.

    3 minute read
  • Policy papers 26 April 2023

    New Urban Waste Water Directive

    Three out of five wastewater operators are public companies owned by public authorities. The new Urban Waste Water Directive needs their input to achieve its ambitions.

    4 minute read
  • Policy papers 31 March 2023

    Mental health is under the local spotlight

    What can cities do to address mental health issues? A lot. From Helsinki to Cluj-Napoca to Milan, municipalities are taking decisive action to support the wellbeing of urban communities..

    5 minute read
  • Policy papers 14 March 2023

    Could new EU targets melt into air?

    How would you rate air quality legislation that will have difficulty improving overall air quality, will not be acted upon in time, and is contradicted by other regulations? If we don’t close loopholes now, this could be what the EU’s revised Ambient Air Quality Directive leaves us with.

    5 minute read

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