Policy and advocacy

Eurocities advocacy efforts reflect positions agreed through our member cities. Cities are where EU policy becomes reality. Read our latest policy positions below to find out how we transform broader ambitions into urban action for a new sustainable, inclusive and prosperous future.

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  • Policy papers 7 December 2023

    COP28: Europe’s cities demand EU 2040 reduction target of at least 90%

    As COP28 continues, Europe’s cities have called on the EU to commit to at least a 90% net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. A new Eurocities policy statement outlines how the EU must collaborate with cities to achieve this urgent goal.

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  • Policy papers 9 November 2023

    Cities to the EU: help enforce traffic rules on foreign vehicles

    In a joint letter, 20 cities call on the European Parliament to help municipalities fine foreign drivers breaching local traffic rules.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Policy papers 6 April 2022

    Hope is in the air (quality)

    A new position paper by Eurocities contends that despite strong action in recent decades, EU activities to combat poor air quality do not go far enough towards meeting the union’s own target of halving the number of premature deaths linked to air pollution by 2030.

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  • Policy papers 22 September 2021

    Build better for climate neutral cities

    The forthcoming revisions of the EU’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive represents a major opportunity to build better for climate neutral cities, as shared in a new Eurocities position.

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  • Policy papers 13 July 2021

    Full stop: fossil-fuelled mobility in cities

    The transport sector needs to cut its emissions drastically to meet Europe’s climate ambitions. A new position paper from Eurocities set out top recommendations for how to get there.

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