EU-Green Week: Making Our Cities Greener

Green cities do better. They are healthy and offer clean air, green spaces, safe drinking water, and a great quality of life to the people that live there. The EU is now promoting a greener lifestyle for cities at the EU Green Week 2018 from Monday 21st to Friday 25th of May.

EU Green Week 2018 will explore ways in which the EU is helping cities to become better places to live and work. Showcasing policy developments on air quality, noise, nature and biodiversity, waste and water management it will promote participatory approaches to urban development, networking schemes, and tools for sharing best practices, engaging local authorities and citizens, and encouraging them to share their vision of a sustainable future.


Special Events on Greener Cities


H2020-CLARITY Sister Project Climate-Fit will host an event on “CLIMATE INTELLIGENT CITY (ECO)DESIGN" in Brussels* on the second day. This two-hour event will showcase how three urban sectors – urban planning, active mobility, and emergency management – benefit from tailored urban climate services and facilitate the (eco)design of intelligent cities.

Other events adress investment posibilities in green urban future, financing solutions for sustainable citiesFood strategies for green citiesfighting noise in the city or How can we set long-term urban strategies within the framework of short-term political cycles? They will provide an opportunity to network, share and learn from best practices.


Attend EU Green Week 2018


Interested? The week will officially open on 21/5 in Utrecht (The Netherlands) and will close on 25/5 in Madrid (Spain). The high level EU Green Cities Summit will take place in Brussels, 22-24/5. Many events will be livestreamed on the EU Green-Week webpage.


* “CLIMATE INTELLIGENT CITY (ECO)DESIGN: THE BENEFITS OF URBAN CLIMATE SERVICES” Event Address: VLEVA Auditorium, Av. de Cortenbergh 71, Brussels, Belgium. You can find more info here:

City Profile - Brussels

Brussels has about 180.000 inhabitants and is not only the capital of the Kingdom of Belgium but also the capital city of the EU, NATO, Eucontrol, and the Benelux Union. Its main industrial sector is the public services sector.

The distance between Brussels and Mechelen was one of the first railways on the European continent in the 1800s.

Since 1992 Brussels is home to the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, and the European Council in the European Quarter.

Inspired by the zero-waste movement Brussels has significantly reduced its waste (20 % since 2000). The goal is to recycle 50 % of the waste by 2020. From May to July an event for a wasteless society called "Hulpbronnen - en afvalbeheerplan" will take place where residents can participate. Further, the city is part of the EU GreenWeek in May 2018.

Personal hint: Young people come together on "Place du Luxembourg", next to the European Quarter, especially on thursday nights. The city has a huge cultural scene and many events are for free. Belgium's delicacy are "Fries with clams".