The Mayor of Tallinn, Mr. Mihhail Kõlvart emphasized the importance of cross-border cooperation in achieving the goals of the European Green Deal at the meeting with the Vice President of the European Commission, Mr. Frans Timmermans. The Mayor also pointed out the neccessity of investments and the effects of coronavirus will have on realizing the Green Deal. The meeting was hosted by Eurocities, a network of large cities of Europe.
"The goals of the Green Deal can only be achieved through crossborder cooperation. A good example is the cooperation of the Baltic Sea countries and cities which we experience through joint activities of Tallinn, Riga, Stockholm and Helsinki. The Baltic Sea is and will remain our top priority, "said Kõlvart. "Tallinn is a green-minded city - our contribution in solving the climate crisis has also been noticed, we are currently running for the title of European Green Capital 2022."
According to Timmermans, cities are key to the green transition to a climate-neutral Europe. " Cities often take the lead in setting climate targets. Therefore, I count cities as our natural allies to make the green deal a reality in Europe. "
The European Green Deal is a set of policy initiatives by the European Commission with the overarching aim of making Europe climate neutral in 2050.