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 EU elections in 2024, the PES Group at the European Committee of the Regions, together with Arianna Censi, 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, the European Climate Pact and C+ Milan Metropolitan City. It will involve young local administrators part of the Young Elected Politician Programme and Young Democrats Milan. The event is organised within the European Climate Pact Going Local Talks series.

The event will include an interactive debate in the morning with interpretation in Italian and English and a training in the afternoon in Italian only. 

Lombardy-Europe local talk

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. 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 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.

Pictures of the event


© Slider photo credits: Aliaksandr Antanovich from Getty Images-Canva


10:15 - 13:30 Morning session | Lombardy-Europe local talk: urban mobility and sustainable cities

10:00 - 10:15 Registration and coffee

10:15 - 10:30 Institutional welcome

  • Arianna Censi, Member of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), Climate Pact Ambassador and Assessora for mobility of the City of Milan
  • Francesco Vassallo, Deputy Mayor of the Metropolitan City of Milan

10:30 - 11:00 Introduction | City and Green Deal: a strategic alliance

Moderator: Giuseppe Pepe, Secretary of the Young Democrats Milan Metropolitan Area

  • Caterina Sarfatti, C40 Managing Director for Inclusion and Global Leadership
  • Anna Scavuzzo, Deputy Mayor of the City of Milan
  • Alison Gilliland, Member of the PES Group in the CoR, Climate Pact Ambassador and Dublin City Councillor

11:00 - 11:50 Local dialogue 1 | Sustainable mobility and current challenges

Open debate with the audience

Moderator: Paolo Romano, Regional Councilor of Lombardy

  • Chiara Braga, Chair of the Democratic Party (PD) Group in the Chamber 
  • Alessandro Capelli, Metropolitan Secretary of PD Milan
  • Simone Negri, Regional Councillor of Lombardy
  • Silvia Roggiani, Member of the Italian Parliament and Regional Secretary of PD Lombardy

11:50 - 12:40 Local dialogue 2 | Tackling energy poverty through local actions

Open debate with the audience

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

  • Pierfrancesco Maran, Assessore for housing and neighbourhood planning of the City of Milan
  • Joško Klisović, Member of the PES Group in the CoR, Climate Pact Ambassador and President of the City Assembly of Zagreb

12:40 - 13:00 Panel | Italy and the EU at the challenge of ecological transition

Moderator: Elisa Casati, Local Councillor of Rho and YEP

  • Patrizia Toia, S&D Member of the European Parliament, Committee on transport and energy
  • Brando Benifei, S&D Member of the European Parliament and Chair of the PD Delegation
  • Luca Menesini, Vice-President of the PES Group in the CoR, Climate Pact Ambassador and President of the Lucca Province

13:00 - 13:30 Forum's conclusions

  • Elly Schlein, National Secretary Partito Democratico (PD) in Italy (online)
  • Arianna Censi, Member of the PES Group in the CoR, Climate Pact Ambassador and Assessora for mobility of the City of Milan

13:30 Aperitif

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

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

  • Anna Lisa Boni, Assessora of the City of Bologna
  • Claudia Berti, Local Councillor of Capannori and YEP
  • Paolo Ruffino, Co-Founder of the research institute Decisio
  • Sarah Brizzolara, Local Councillor of Monza and YEP

15:30 - 16:45 Training | Communicating action

Training to improve political communication techniques in parallel tables

  1. Table on 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
  2. Table on Pollution and public health - facilitated by Gianni Tartari, Climate Pact Ambassador, Former Research Director of the National Research Council, Head of the Secondary Section and Senior Associate Researcher at the Water Research Institute (IRSA-CNR) of Brugherio
  3. Table on Clean and affordable energy - facilitated by Aurore Dudka, Climate Pact Ambassador and PHD Researcher at the University of Trento
  4. Table on Circular economy and waste management - facilitated by Alice Casiraghi, Climate Pact Ambassador and Co-Founder & Design Director of Future Urban Living

16:45 - 17:00 Family picture