The Commission for the Environment, Climate Change and Energy (ENVE) of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union voted for Tallinn to host the committee’s meeting and international conference, taking place from 3–5 July 2017. Taking place in Tallinn, the event will also be one of the first during the Estonian Presidency of the European Union.
The request for the meeting and conference to be held in Tallinn was submitted by Kalev Kallo, Chairman of the City Council and a Member of the Committee of Regions. According to Kallo, hosting such a high-level event is a great honour for Tallinn. “I am very glad that the decision was positive and Tallinn will be receiving a great deal of attention. Hopefully, it will also help us earn the title of Green Capital in the future. In addition to the environmental issues, we certainly want to share other experiences with our guests related to the governance of Tallinn and other Estonian municipalities in general.”
“The city of Tallinn puts a lot of emphasis on developing sustainable mobility. One doesn’t have to look very far for examples –the creation of public transport lanes, renewing rolling stock in city transport and, of course, offering free public transport for the residents of the city,” said Taavi Aas, Deputy Mayor of Tallinn, acting in the capacity of Mayor of Tallinn.
Acquiring the rights to organise the Climate and Energy Commission’s conference, however, was not an easy task. The competition within the committee was intense. At the ENVE commission meeting, held in Boras, Sweden, Tallinn only had a slight advantage of a few dozen votes over Zagreb, the capital of Croatia.
According to Arvo Sarapuu, Deputy Mayor of Tallinn, hosting such a renowned pan-European environmental and energy event and presenting the achievements of the capital of Estonia in the field of energy economy, nature conservation and sustainable management will hopefully contribute to Tallinn becoming the European Green Capital sometime in the not-too-distant future.
More than 150 visitors are expected to gather together at the conference from different European cities and regions. The agenda for the conference will be prepared in accordance with the priorities of the presidency, together with the Commission for the Environment, Climate Change and Energy of the Committee of the Regions.
The competence of the Commission for the Environment, Climate Change and Energy of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union covers the following areas: energy (policy measures of the EU energy union, renewable energy, energy efficiency, pan-European networks in the energy sector, policy measures for innovative low-carbon technology, and aspects of the energy market); alleviation of and adapting to climate change, and the environment.
The Commission’s short-term priorities are increasing the role of local and regional governments in the policy measures of the European Union’s energy union, local and regional activities following the global adoption of the new Paris 21 climate convention, development of a circular economy, and expanding the Covenant of European Mayors to the implementation of climate and energy measures.