Mayors demand direct access to EU climate funds

The mayors of 15 large European cities have called for more support and direct access to EU funds to deal with climate change.

In a letter to European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, the mayors of Bratislava, Budapest, Prague, Warsaw, Berlin, Vienna, The Hague, Athens, Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Frankfurt, Kosice, Milan and Strasbourg said “the fight against climate change will be won or lost in cities”.

While “wholeheartedly” welcoming the proposed European Green Deal to make the EU carbon neutral by 2050, the mayors argued that local authorities are faster and “less constrained by the pressures from the fossil fuel industry than national governments” when it comes to climate action. But, they added, they need “more significant support.”

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