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2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Steenkaai 44D
Vilvoorde, Flemish Region 1800 Belgium
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All over Europe, progressive cities are implementing transformative policies. Being aware of the big socio-ecological challenges, they implement bold alternatives in fields such as mobility, food and housing. Together they develop bottom-up a positive narrative for the future of Europe. In this event, we bring together green urban politicians to tell their inspiring stories of how to make cities a better place for all, within the planetary boundaries.

About the Event

This event brings together advocates for progressive and transformative city policies in various Green Cities in Europe. Gergely Karácsony, mayor of Budapest as well as other Belgian and European mayors and vice-mayors will present transformative policies from their home cities and enter into conversation. There will also be a video presentation on green initiatives in the city of Ghent, one of Belgium’s most progressive green cities.

This event presents an opportunity to learn about projects to make European cities sustainable and green, to inspire one another and strengthen the inter-city network. Everyone interested in making our cities green places of hope is welcome.


This event is co-organized by the Green European Foundation, Oikos Think Tank and Member of European Parliament Sara Matthieu, as part of the GEF project Cities as Places of Hope. Cities as Places of Hope aims to bring together progressive and transformative trans-local city networks, to connect them and facilitate their exchanges, ultimately contributing to a positive narrative for the future of Europe.


  • Gergely Karácsony, Mayor of the City of Budapest
  • Sara Matthieu, Member of European Parliament (Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance)
  • Andreas Wolter, Mayor of the City of Cologne
  • Zack Polanski, London Assembly
  • Tine Heyse, vice-mayor of the city of Ghent
  • Benedek Jávor, Head of the Budapest Representation in Brussels and former MEP


14:00-14:15pm: Welcoming and introduction by MEP Sara Matthieu + video Ghent14:15-14:30pm: Keynote lecture by Gergely Karácsony14:30-15:15pm: Conversation between Benedek Jávor, Andreas Wolter and Tine Heyse, moderated by Dirk Holemans 15:15-15:30pm: Q&A with audience15:30-15:45pm: Presentation on Ghent + video of Ghent15:45- 16:15pm: Conversation between Sara Matthieu & Zack Polanski, moderated by Dirk Holemans16:15-16:30pm: Q&A with audience

16:30: end of the event



Location: De Kruitfabriek – Steenkaai 44D – 1800 Vilvoorde

Date and Time: Doors open at 13:30; Event starts at 14:00 and ends at 16:30

Registration: Please sign up through this link.

 Audiovisual Material


This event is co-organised by the Green European Foundation,  Oikos think tank, Member of the European Parliament Sara Matthieu and with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation. The European Parliament is not responsible for the content of this event.

Steenkaai 44D
Vilvoorde, Flemish Region 1800 Belgium

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