Of 377 places that were registered for the title, only 100 met the criteria of the strict European Commission which will monitor and support the selected cities in their transformation to achieve climate neutrality by 2030. The selected cities will act as experimental and innovation centers that will serve as an example for other European cities to achieve carbon neutrality. Each of the selected cities will sign an agreement to become climate neutral by 2030. 12 percent of the population of the European Union lives in the 100 selected cities.
The purpose of the mission is to help accelerate the progress of Europe's most ambitious cities, hopefully inspiring all cities in Europe on their path to climate neutrality. Participating cities will receive support and advice, advantages in drawing European funds, participation in innovation activities and pilot and demonstration projects, networking opportunities, exchanges of good practices and high visibility.
In addition to Ljubljana, the Slovenian municipalities of Kranj and Velenje were also successful. We congratulate both of them and the other selected cities. We are pleased that 3 of the 8 Slovenian cities that applied were selected, which proves that our country is aware of the importance of climate neutrality.