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1st Erasmus European Mayor’s Meeting to be held in Vitoria-Gasteiz, the 2012 European Green Capital

20th to 22nd of May 2013, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

Vitoria-Gasteiz, the 2012 European Green Capital, will host the first Erasmus European Mayor’s Meeting in May. The event will bring together 22 young European Mayors and Representatives (all less than 35 years old) to learn about the Environmental Management of the city.

The Environment Directorate-General of the European Commission and the European Parliament are organising the event and have selected Vitoria-Gasteiz to be one of five host cities, along with Berlin, Budapest, Lille and the Hague, for this first meeting. Study visits will be held in each city and in the case of Vitoria-Gasteiz will focus on the Environmental Management that will be of interest to the young leaders.

The three-day meeting will present the works from the Europa Convention Centre to the officials. This activity aims to show the European Mayors and Representatives the conversion of a consolidated building that is expanding its capacity as well as achieving high energy efficiency.

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The front of the Europa Convention Centre will be covered with approximately 65,000 plants, as part of the reconstruction of the building. The project was launched during Vitoria-Gasteiz’s year as 2012 European Green Capital. Courtesy of Vitoria-Gasteiz’s City Council

Throughout the meeting, the European Mayors and EU Representatives will also have an inside look at how light is managed in Vitoria-Gasteiz in an efficient manner (within the strategy to combat climate change), the waste management biomass plant (located in the Environmental Studies Centre), sustainable mobility (focused on the electric-car and tram) and the gatherings with local companies that have helped make Vitoria-Gasteiz a model of sustainability in Europe.

Vitoria-Gasteiz was chosen as the 2012 European Green Capital not only for its environmental success but also for its ability to be a role model for other cities and to inspire all of Europe to strengthen existing policies, find new solutions to challenges, reduce negative impact on the environment and become resilient to climate change.

Vitoria-Gasteiz aimed to be a role model for the European Green Capital Award throughout the world, and certainly achieved this by being the spokesperson for European and Latin American cities in the International Summit Rio +, receiving over 198 visits from both national and international delegations. Vitoria-Gasteiz also received 120 invitations from cities all over the world wishing to learn what makes Vitoria-Gasteiz so green; in total, creating 318 opportunities to promote the city as shown on the map below.

27.02.13 VG green capital map

For more information on the event click here.

For more information about the European Green Capital Award click here: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/europeangreencapital/index_en.html

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