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News article27 February 2023Directorate-General for Environment

Tallinn hosts 2023 roundtable discussion

To celebrate the city’s prestigious win, Tallinn rang in its 2023 European Green Capital year in Brussels with a roundtable discussion on sustainable urban governance.  

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From left to right: Pekka Timomen, Veronica Manfredi, Eric Piolle and Mihhail Kõlvart

The roundtable, held 8 February in Brussels at the Estonian Permanent Representation, gathered panelists from Green Capitals, city organisations, and a thinktank to exchange knowledge and stimulate debate on how to make cities better for both the citizens and the environment.

Participating mayors from our previous, current, and future Green Capitals were Eric Piolle of 2022 winner Grenoble, Tallinn’s Mayor Kõlvart, and Pekka Timonen, mayor of 2021 winner Lahti. Also involved in the discussion were Zero Pollution & Urban Policy Director Veronica Manfredi of the European Commission, Juha Leppänen, Chief Executive of Demos Helsinki, representatives from 2024 Green Capital Valencia, Estonian Ambassador Artur Kink, and Jose Fonseca from the ENVE at the Committee of Regions. The discussion was moderated by Dorthe Nielson, executive director of Eurocities.

Tallinn’s four words of inspiration for the 2023 award year are: “biodiversity, innovation, climate, and sustainable governance

The roundtable event highlighted innovations of the Green Capital cities, promoted climate care, and fostered discussion around sustainable governance, meeting several of the objectives of the year.

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Publication date
27 February 2023
Directorate-General for Environment

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