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Welcome to European Viable Cities Day 2021

Viable Cities and the European Commission are pleased to invite you to our fourth European Viable Cities Day on Dec 8, 2021 – a bridge between the Swedish and European efforts towards the mission of climate neutral and sustainable cities by 2030.

The focus this year is the development and the cascading of Klimatkontrakt 2030 – the Swedish climate city contract. We are honoured by the presence of many key actors in the climate transition in cities, who will share their experiences and aspirations for the next steps towards the mission in Sweden and Europe. We are proud to present Matthew Baldwin as the keynote speaker. He is the deputy general director, European Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, as well as head of the EU Mission Climate neutral cities 2030 – by and for citizens.

The first Swedish contracts were signed by nine city mayors and the director generals from four government agencies last year and it is already cascading, on a local level as well as on a European level. Today, one year later, Viable Cities is working together with 23 Swedish cities and five government agencies to accelerate the climate transition. On Dec 8 2021, Swedish cities and Swedish government agencies will sign a revised and more ambitious Klimatkontrakt 2030. The event will be followed by an informal reception 15.00–16.00.

We are looking forward to seeing you at Europahuset on European Viable Cities Day 2021.

Christian Danielsson 
Head of the European Commission
Representation in Sweden

Olga Kordas
Programme Director
Viable Cities

  • Hållbar utveckling
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  • Stockholm, Sverige

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Regeringsgatan 65, 11156 Stockholm, Sverige


Knappar med EU-flaggan och svenska flaggan omlott
Viable cities day 2021 - Together towards Climate Neutral Cities 2030


13.00 Welcome
Christian Danielsson, Head of the European Commission’s representation in Sweden, and Cecilia Schelin Seidegård and Anders Wijkman, chair and deputy chair, Viable Cities


13.10 The EU mission 100 climate neutral cities by 2030 – by and for citizens          

Matthew Baldwin, deputy general director, European Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport


13.25 Celebration of Viable Cities Champions


13.30 International perspectives on accelerating climate transition in cities

Julio Lumbreras, CitiES 2030, and former member of the EU Mission Board for Climate Neutral Cities, and Thomas Osdoba, Net Zero Cities


13.45 Klimatkontrakt 2030 (Climate City Contract 2030) – Ceremony of signing

Introduction by Olga Kordas, Programme Director Viable Cities.


The Mayors of the 23 cities:

Ulf Olsson, Mayor of Borås

Jan Bohman, Mayor of Borlänge

Peter Book, Mayor of Enköping

Jimmy Jansson, Mayor of Eskilstuna

Åsa Wiklund-Lång, Mayor of Gävle

Axel Josefson, Mayor of Göteborg

Peter Danielsson, Mayor of Helsingborg

Emma Feldman, Mayor of Järfälla

Johan Persson, Mayor of Kalmar

Per-Samuel Nisser, Mayor of Karlstad

Pierre Månsson, Mayor of Kristianstad

Niklas Borg, Mayor of Linköping

Philip Sandberg, Mayor of Lund

Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, Mayor of Malmö

Johan Abrahamsson, Mayor of Mariestad

Mats Gerdau, Mayor of Nacka

Lorents Burman, Mayor of Skellefteå

Anna König Jerlmyr, Mayor of Stockholm

Hans Lindberg, Mayor of Umeå

Erik Pelling, Mayor of Uppsala

Anna Tenje, Mayor of Växjö

Kenneth Handberg, Mayor of Örebro

Bosse Svensson, Mayor of Östersund


The Director Generals:

Robert Andrén, the Swedish Energy Agency

Darja Isaksson, Vinnova

Ingrid Petersson, Formas

Gunilla Nordlöf, the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth

Lena Erixon, the Swedish Transport Administration (TBC)


13.55 The way ahead – The Swedish cities

The Mayors about their plans ahead


14.40 The way ahead – The national perspective

Director Generals from The Swedish Energy Agency, Vinnova, Formas and the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth.


14.55 Final words

Cecilia Schelin Seidegård, Chair Viable Cities, and Christian Danielsson, Head of the European Commission’s representation in Sweden