EU to spend over £30m helping neighbours go green

The EU is to spend €35.5 million (£30.1 million) supporting green urban development in neighbouring countries. The Sustainable Urban Demonstration Projects programme will help solve challenges related to energy efficiency, […]

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The EU is to spend €35.5 million (£30.1 million) supporting green urban development in neighbouring countries.

The Sustainable Urban Demonstration Projects programme will help solve challenges related to energy efficiency, security of supply and sustainable economic growth.

The EU expects to invest €25 million (£21.1 million) in the Eastern Partnership countries such as Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine (pictured) and €10.5 million (£8.9 million) in those from the Southern Neighbourhood such as Morocco, Libya and Egypt.

It is hoping the scheme will encourage municipalities to sign up to the Covenant of Mayors – a voluntary initiative to reduce carbon emissions.

Among the activities involved in the programme are co-financing for demonstration projects, setting up a helpdesk to assist in the design and implementation of projects and scientific and technical support from the Joint Research Centre.

Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Stefan Fule said: “Urban populations in the Neighbourhood region have reached more than 70% in many countries and continue to grow. This makes it crucial to invest in a cleaner urban environment and ensure the better management of urban energy sources as drivers for economic growth and job creation, as well as a better quality of life.”