Ten European cities, among them Stockholm, Sweden, have been awarded the Label of the EU Mission for Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities.
The EU Mission Label is an endorsement of the cities’ climate city contracts, which includes action points and an investment strategy to achieve climate neutrality by 2030. The cities create their Climate City Contracts with local stakeholders, such as the private sector and citizens. The EU mission label is a confirmation of the cities’ climate work and thus aims to help the cities access public and private funding towards reaching that goal.
The cities that have received the label are:
- Austria – Klagenfurt
- Denmark – Sønderborg
- Germany – Mannheim
- Romania – Cluj-Napoca
- Spain – Madrid, Valencia, Valladolid, Vitoria-Gasteiz and Zaragoza
- Sweden – Stockholm
These ten cities are paving the way for others to move faster towards a fair green and digital transition, and they should set an example for other cities to follow. In total, 100 EU cities participate in the EU Cities Mission, with 12 additional cities from countries associated with Horizon Europe.
Last year, 112 cities were selected for the EU cities mission. They all aim for climate neutrality by 2030, testing innovative cross-sectoral approaches, including citizen engagement, stakeholder management and internal governance. The cities will act as experimentation and innovation hubs to enable all European cities to follow suit by 2050.