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Source: Federal Ministry for the environment nature conservation building and nuclear security, click to the climate protection project “Three4Climate” is intended to give local stakeholders a greater voice in the EU climate policy and the exchange of practical climate protection issues improve.

State Secretary for the Environment Jochen Flasbarth and his counterparts from Portugal and Slovenia, João Galamba and Metka Gorišek, today launched a joint municipal climate protection project to connect cities and schools in the three countries. It is intended to give municipal actors more voice in EU climate policy and improve the exchange on practical climate protection issues. Germany took over the Presidency of the EU Council on July 1st. Portugal and Slovenia will follow in 2021. The environmental ministries of the three countries want to closely interlink their presidencies, build them up meaningfully on one another and set clear common priorities. Environment Secretary Jochen Flasbarth: “I am glad that we have been able to establish particularly close and intensive cooperation with our trio partners . This is not only conducive to setting common environmental policy priorities at European level in the next 18 months, but is also symbolic of the close cohesion of the EU at the present time. In order to live this spirit at the local level, we decided to closely network municipalities and schools in our countries on various climate protection issues. ”The virtual kick-off meeting today, on July 3, provided the framework for a first meeting of the trio state secretaries and State Secretary with the mayors of the six selected cities Bielefeld and Radolfzell in Germany, Braga and Loulé in Portugal and Maribor and Kranj in Slovenia as well as the three selected schools. In the coming months, the cities and schools will discuss climate protection measures and successful practical examples at local and regional level Exchange levels, for example on mobility, nature conservation and energy efficiency. The planned activities of the project include study trips to the municipalities of the project countries, a teacher exchange, workshops in Brussels, climate action days in schools and a climate competition for schoolchildren, although many encounters will only take place in 2021 due to the current pandemic situation. Last but not least, the project serves to make the concerns of local stakeholders in the climate policy debate at EU level more heard. The EU Council Presidencies of the three countries should offer a special opportunity for this.

German presidency of the EU Council working together for more environmental and climate protection in Europe

03.07.2020 | press release no 107/20 | EU-presidency

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