The Green European Foundation supports the growing emergence of trans-local networks that are becoming a crucial transnational governance level in Europe, and that are active in many fields, such as energy cooperatives or circular economy initiatives. By bringing together political, civil and economic actors from progressive cities who are developing transformative policies across Europe, the foundation strives to create platforms for a credible, positive picture of Europe.
GEF particularly focuses on the potential of cities as a transformative force towards resilient and democratic societies – either through organising themselves in transnational networks or by preparing for the technological challenges ahead.
Through its activities, GEF explores the commons as a way to rethink the production and management of goods, culture, transport, and housing, among others, but also their collective re-appropriation by the citizens beyond the traditional state-market dichotomy and bureacratic state dominance. Whilst the commons approach is all-encompassing, numerous examples and best practises have been recently developed at the local level.