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4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Rue Royale 2-4
Bruxelles, 1000 Belgium

Cities are pioneering society’s path towards progressive and sustainable systems – join us in Brussels to explore exactly how!

About the Event

If we look at the European Union today, many things do not appear so bright: Brexit, Member States resisting alignment on policies concerning climate change or migration.

However, there is another, more optimistic perspective of Europe: one that sees how hopeful movements are unfolding and where progressive cities, together with their citizens, are succeeding in developing future-orientated answers.

Cities are the social laboratories where new answers are designed, tested and implemented. Think of local food policies, cities full of bikes and public transport, renewable energy systems. Those iniatives are embedded in cross-border networks, sharing knowledge and experience, aiming for a sustainable society that respects social and ecological boundaries.


16:00 Welcome – Dirk Holemans, Co-president GEF and coordinator Oikos Think Tank

16:10 Cities as places of hope in the EU: presentation of the GEF paper – Merlijn De Rijcke, Oikos Think Tank

16:30 How a bold and progressive local mobility policy improved the living conditions of the residents of Ghent – Filip Watteeuw – Alderman of Mobility of the city of Ghent

16:55 Coffee break

17:15 Civic participation in the city – Agathe Cavicchioli, Interim Head of City Diplomacy at C40

17:35 Municipal power – Vedran Horvat – Director of Institute for Political Ecology (Croatia) and GEF Board member

17:55 Urban food systems – speaker tbc

18:15 Debate: Opportunities and challenges of the local level in the EU

18:40 Q&A


Attendance to this event is free, please register your place via the form found here.


Rue Royale 2-4
Bruxelles, 1000 Belgium

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