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6 February 2019
O-000011/2019

Question for oral answer O-000011/2019

to the Commission

Rule 128

Sirpa Pietikäinen, Christel Schaldemose, Jadwiga Wiśniewska, Anneli Jäätteenmäki, Stefan Eck, Bas Eickhout, Eleonora Evi

on behalf of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety


  Subject: The importance of urban and green infrastructure - European Year of Greener Cities 2020

The European Year of Greener Cities 2020 is an initiative of a platform of European NGOs consisting of organisations covering issues ranging from the rights of children, disabled people and elderly people to allergy and asthma sufferers, sports organisations, environmental groups and citizens organisations. Its aim is to highlight the fact that bringing nature into cities and greening our neighbourhoods is one of the biggest underutilised tools at our disposal to increase the quality of life of European citizens, to increase the quantity and quality of research and development of new innovations, to encourage citizens to act and improve their own neighbourhoods, to create a culture of appreciation of green spaces, to increase the number of green infrastructure projects, to connect existing initiatives and share best practices across Member States, to create a roadmap for greening European cities by 2030 and ultimately, to connect all the existing initiatives in the area of green infrastructure, share best practices and create momentum for the overall agenda at local, national and EU level.

Green infrastructure could address, in a simple and cost-effective manner, many of the challenges of urban environments, such as extreme weather, challenges to biodiversity, CO2 retention, pollution and health risks.

 Does the Commission envisage creating or supporting the creation of a theme year on greener cities in 2020 that would draw attention to the importance of green infrastructure in urban environments?

 How is the Commission currently facilitating the exchange of best and innovative practices between Member States and cities on greening urban environments? Does it consider there to be room for more cooperation in this regard?

Tabled: 6.2.2019

Forwarded: 8.2.2019

Deadline for reply: 15.2.2019

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