Speaking at a recent meeting with Executive Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, Tallinn Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart (Center) emphasized the importance of cross-border cooperation in achieving the goals of the European Green Deal as well as pointed out the necessity of investments and the effects the coronavirus pandemic will have on realizing the Green deal.
"The goals of the Green Deal can only be achieved through cross-border cooperation," Kõlvart said according to a city press release. "A good example is the cooperation of the Baltic Sea countries and cities which we experience via the joint activities of Tallinn, Riga, Stockholm and Helsinki. The Baltic Sea is and will remain our top priority."
Tallinn is a green-minded city, the mayor stressed, adding that the Estonian capital's contributions to solving the climate crisis have been noticed as well, as Tallinn is currently in the running for the title of European Green Capital 2022.
According to Timmermans, cities are the key to the green transition to a climate-neutral Europe.
"Cities often take the lead in setting climate targets," the Commission vice-president said. "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 by 2050.
Editor: Aili Vahtla