European and American Mayors Discuss Role of Local Authorities vis-à-vis Climate Change

7 October 2009: Leaders of large municipalities in Europe and the US have highlighted the role of local and regional authorities in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

The vice-president of the US Conference of Mayors, Elizabeth B. Kautz, met in Brussels with the President of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union (EU), Luc Van den Brande, and EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, to discuss respective initiatives related to climate change. They identified opportunities for “green twinning programmes” that allow cities in the US and Europe to share information about best practices on climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as combining their efforts to raise awareness among citizens of the need to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. [EUROPA press release]