Saturday 23 March 2024

EU local dialogue: Urban mobility and sustainable cities | Milan

EU local dialogue: Urban mobility and sustainable cities | Milan

10.00 - 17.00
Palazzo Isimbardi Corso Monforte, 35 Milan
from: Italian
to: English
Green Deal

In the context of the #FairGreenDeal campaign and in view of the upcoming European elections in 2024, the PES Group at the European Committee of the Regions, together with Arianna Censi, a member of the group and Mobility Councillor of the Municipality of Milan, will organise an event on sustainable mobility and ecological transition on Saturday, 23 March 2024, in Milan.

The event will be sponsored by the European Committee of the Regions' EU local dialogue and C+ Milan Metropolitan City. It will involve young local administrators part of the Young Elected Politician Programme and Young Democrats Milan.

The initiative will include a high-level debate in the morning and a training session in the afternoon. 

Lombardy-Europe forum

The debate aims to assess the progress of the transition to active energy mobility in the metropolitan area of Milan and in Lombardy. Discussions will cover the progress of ecological mobility transition, the use of electric and green hydrogen engines in addressing energy poverty, the impact of the new PNRR, and European best practices applicable in Lombardy. Key obstacles and challenges faced by local administrations will also be examined.

Training for local administrators

In the afternoon, local administrators will have the opportunity to participate in a training session conducted in Italian by experts in the field of communication and environmental protection, focusing on how to effectively communicate environmental policies to their citizens.



The main objective is to listen to and delve into various needs, establishing a constant dialogue with civil society and administrators to promote the culture of the sustainable city as a fundamental element of daily practices, advocating for the most challenging transition: that of our habits.


© Photo credits: Aliaksandr Antanovich from Getty Images-Canva


10:15 - 13:30 Morning session "Lombardy-Europe forum: urban mobility and sustainable cities"

10:00 - 10:15 Registration

10:15 - 10:25 Institutional welcome

  • Francesco Vassallo, Deputy Mayor of the Metropolitan City of Milan

10:25 - 11:00 Introduction: City and Green Deal: a strategic alliance

Moderator: Giorgio Mantoan, Delegated Councillor for the Metropolitan City of Milan

  • Arianna Censi, Member of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and Local Councillor in charge of mobility in Milan
  • Caterina Sarfatti, Managing Director of C40 for Inclusion and Global Leadership
  • Anna Scavuzzo, Deputy Mayor of the City of Milan

11:00 - 11:40 Panel 1: Lombardy: sustainable mobility and current challenges 

Moderator: Paolo Romano, Regional Councilor of Lombardy

  • Chiara Braga, Representative of the National Secretariat of the Democratic Party (PD)
  • Alessandro Capelli, Metropolitan Secretary PD Milan
  • Pierfrancesco Majorino, Leader of the Democratic Party of the Lombardy Region
  • Silvia Roggiani, Regional Secretary and Member of Parliament for the Democratic Party

11:40 - 12:00 Panel 2: Tackling energy poverty through local actions

Moderator: Helin Yildiz, Municipal Councillor of Varese and part of the CoR Young Elected Politician (YEP) Programme

  • Pierfrancesco Maran, Councillor for Housing and Neighbourhood Planning of the Municipality of Milan
  • Nadia Pellefigue, Member of the PES Group in the CoR and Vice-President of Occitanie (TBC)

12:00 - 12:20 Q&A

11:40 - 12:00 Panel 3: Italy and the EU at the challenge of ecological transition

Moderator: Elisa Casati, Municipal Councillor of Rho and YEP

  • Patrizia Toia, S&D Member of the European Parliament, Committee on Transport and Energy
  • Brando Benifei, Democratic Party Group Leader in the European Parliament
  • Alison Gilliland, Member of the PES Group in the CoR and Dublin City Councillor

12:50 - 13:30 Forum's conclusions and Q&A

  • Elly Schlein, National Secretary Partito Democratico (PD) in Italy (TBC)
  • Arianna Censi, Member of the PES Group in the CoR and Local Councillor in charge of mobility in Milan

13:30 Aperitif

15:00 - 17:00 Afternoon session "Training on environmental policies: effective communication"

Training to improve political communication techniques in parallel tables (mandatory registration)

15:00 - 15:30 Introduction: Growing together: European good practices

Moderator: Journalist, Will Media (TBC)

  • Matteo Lepore, Mayor of Bologna (TBC)
  • Claudia Berti, Municipal Councillor in Capannori and YEP
  • Paolo Ruffino, Co-Founder of the research institute Decisio
  • Sarah Brizzolara, Municipal Councillor in Monza and YEP

15:30 - 16:45 Training: Communicating action

Table: Sustainable and inclusive mobility facilitated by Andrea Ghianda, Responsible for communication, and Chiara Saccani, Digital Communications Strategist, of the Italian climate change think tank ECCO
Table: Pollution and public health
Table: Clean and affordable energy
Table: Circular economy and waste management

16:45 - 17:00 Family picture