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News article26 June 2023Directorate-General for Research and Innovation2 min read

The Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities conference 2023 starts today in Brussels

The Cities Mission annual conference will take place today and tomorrow, 26 and 27 June 2023, in Tour et Taxis in Brussels, and will see the participation of public authorities and stakeholders involved in the Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities Missions, and of the Mission Implementation Platform.

The first day of the conference will facilitate exchange and dialogue among city practitioners, including discussions on thematic and policy knowledge and peer-to-peer exchange among Mission Cities.

During the second day, the planning includes sessions on the progress of the Cities Mission since its launch, opportunities and challenges for the cities aiming to reach climate neutrality within 2030. In the afternoon, there will two separate tracks: one for political representatives and the other one for practitioners.

The European Commission invites city representatives, national and regional authorities, and key stakeholders at EU, national, and regional levels to contribute with their perspectives to the discussion on the future of European cities and the way forward to climate neutrality.

Among the speakers are:

  • Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President, European Commission, who will delivering the closing speech
  • Marc Lemaître, Director-General DG Research and Innovation, European Commission, who will deliver the keynote speech on the beginning on Day 2
  • Patrick Child, Deputy Director-General DG Environment | Cities Mission Manager

For those unable to attend in person, a livestream of the event will be available on 27 July 2023, from 9:30 to 13:00.

Consult the full agenda of the conference.

Watch the proceedings of the Conference: Day 1 | Day 2

Watch the closing speech of EVP Timmermans:



EU Missions are a novelty of the Horizon Europe research and innovation programme for the years 2021-2027. They aim to bring concrete solutions to some of our greatest challenges by 2030, by putting research and innovation into a new role, combining it with new forms of governance and engagement with citizens.

The Commission launched the Mission for 100 climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030 in September 2021 with the adoption of a Communication on EU missions. As well as the Cities Mission, there are four other EU missions covering global challenges in the areas of adaptation to climate change, restoring our ocean and waters, healthy soils and cancer.

The EU Cities Mission supports the European Green Deal in building a low-carbon, climate-resilient future through research and innovation.

More information

EU Mission: Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities

Mission in Progress – Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities conference 2023

Cities on a journey to climate neutrality


Publication date
26 June 2023
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation