The Committee of the Regions launches the Local Green Deal Going Group to continue to include EU cities and regions in the decision-making process

• The Iberian Centre for Research and the Fight against Forest Fires (CILIFO) reports that the EU’s Green Pact is leading to further progress towards a Europe of the regions.

23.06.2020. The European Union has several initiatives that aim to include regions and cities directly in the decision-making process and, specifically, in those processes related to development (environmental, economic, social etc). In this case, the Committee of the Regions has launched the “Green Deal Going Local” group, in order to promote direct contact between the European Union and the various European regions in the areas of the environment, the circular economy and innovation, among others.


The Committee of the Regions has recently set up the Green Deal Going Local group with the aim of empowering European regions and cities to implement the Green Deal in a more efficient and appropriate way. The working group created has thirteen members representing European cities and regions, including Juan Espadas (Mayor of Seville) as chairman of the group. This group will work directly with the European Union (through the Committee of the Regions) to define, implement and evaluate the various measures needed to meet the objectives of the Green Pact.

The presentation of the long-term European budgets for the period 2021-2027 shows the environmental commitment of the European Union. Even in circumstances such as the current one, with the Covid-19 pandemic and its consequent economic crisis, the EU is still committed to sustainable and environmentally friendly economic growth.

According to the website of the European Committee of the Regions (, the three main objectives of this group are

– To provide a cross-cutting vision of the many policy areas within the European Green Agreement and to ensure policy coherence and consistency between archives and related opinions.

– To strengthen the institutional scope of the European Committee of the Regions on the Green Agreement in order to put cities and regions at the centre of the path towards climate neutrality.

– To channel the challenges faced by local and regional authorities in implementing the green transition locally and communicate their achievements and best practices to facilitate replication across the European Union.


On 11 December 2020, the European Commission reported in a communication on the launch of a new project to be called Green Deal (hereafter referred to as the Green Pact).

The Green Deal is a response by the European Union to the challenge of ensuring a healthy environment for all European citizens. With this project, the EU wants to direct its growth towards a greener future with the environment at the centre of the European agenda.

Challenges and objectives
In order to promote a society based on the values of equality and justice, it is essential to defend the environment for all European citizens. To this end, the prosperity and competitiveness of the European economy must be promoted, and this environmental ethic must not be abandoned either.

All these objectives cannot be achieved without a concrete challenge on which the various European bodies can focus. That is why the Commission is proposing to put an end to all greenhouse gas emissions throughout Europe by 2050. A challenge to be met in 30 years’ time, in which states and regions will have to work hand in hand with the EU.

Image made by the European Commission in its Communication to the other European bodies on the establishment of the Green Pact:

For more information on the Green Deal, you can find here the direct link to the document presented by the European Commission:


Beatriz Martínez Muñoz (European Projects and Communication Technician at Finnova)
+34 605 52 10 84


The 15th edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) will take place in Brussels from 22 to 26 June 2020

29.05.2020. The EU’s Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2020 will take place in Brussels from 22 to 26 June 2020. It is the largest event dedicated to renewable energy and energy efficiency in Europe.

This year, participants will enjoy an interactive online event experience. Highlights include: a three-day political conference including a high-level opening session; the EUSEW Awards; networking activities and side events for participants; the Energy Days, digital events taking place across Europe. For the first time, a European Youth Energy Day will also be organised on 22 June.

During the EUSEW, a total of 30 digital sessions will bring together key players in the energy sector to discuss issues related to this year’s theme: “Beyond the crisis: clean energy for green recovery and growth”; and share good practices and discuss the way forward for a sustainable future for all.

Registration will open next week!


Energy Days are digital activities and events organised by local public and private organisations across Europe to promote clean energy and energy efficiency. They are a key component of the EU’s Sustainable Energy Week. You can apply for an Energy Day taking into account that:

  • takes place in May or June 2020.
  • is held in a region of the European Union.
  • is non-profit / has no admission fees.
  • aims to attract a minimum of 10 people (citizens and/or interested in energy)

Deadline: There is no deadline for registration.

More information about the Energy Days:



CONSULTA PÚBLICA – Adaptación al Cambio Climático: estrategia de la UE

28.05.2020. The European Green Deal aims to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent in the world.

Climate impacts are already being felt across Europe and are likely to increase even further in intensity and frequency. Without drastic emission reduction measures, continued climate change could increase the likelihood of serious, widespread and irreversible consequences, such as the collapse of natural ecosystems, the erosion of global food security or the displacement of people. The Commission therefore believes it is important to bring together a wide range of stakeholder views for the new Strategy to inform the design and policy options explored, as well as the appropriate level of ambition.

You can contribute and participate in this call through the following link:

Europe is affected by indirect climate impacts outside the Union in many ways, such as trade, spread of infections and supply chains or migration.

The ultimate goal of climate change adaptation strategies is to protect people, the planet and prosperity from environmental impacts. By promoting global adaptation actions together with accelerated emission reductions, the EU can help ensure the well-being of EU citizens, safeguard our natural environment and cultural heritage, and protect our investments and economic assets.

Feedback period from 14 May 2020 to 20 August 2020

More information on the consultation at:


Calls CILIFO News

New European Green Deal call

27.05.2020. The European Commission has opened a public call to shape a new Horizon 2020 call for proposals that will aim to strengthen research and innovation related to the European Green Deal.

The call for proposals is expected to be published in mid-September and will have a budget of 1 billion euros.

The call seeks to fund projects that provide solutions to the main priorities of the Green Pact, supporting

pilot applications, demonstration projects and innovative products;
innovation for better governance of the green and digital transition;
social and value chain innovation.
In addition to supporting technological development and demonstration, the call also seeks new ways to engage civil society and empower citizens.

This public consultation on the Green Pact allows CILIFO project partners and citizens to provide their assessments for the future Green Pact, which may affect the issues addressed by CILIFO.

The call will be structured in 11 areas, 8 thematic and 3 horizontal:

DEADLINE: 3rd June 2020

More information :

Contact: Beatriz Martínez (