The General Secretariat for Overseas Action and the European Green Capital 2012, Vitoria-Gasteiz, are to collaborate more closely with the European Commission
Marta Marín, the Basque Delegate to the European Union, and Javier Maroto, the Mayor of Vitoria-Gasteiz, have met with Karl Falkenberg, the Director General for the Environment at the European Commission
The European Commission has enthusiastically welcomed the consolidation of the implementation plan for the events and activities to be carried out throughout 2012 as part of the European Green Capital initiative. The plan was presented by Marta Marín, the Basque Delegate to the European Union, and Javier Maroto, the Mayor of Vitoria-Gasteiz, along with his team.
Vitoria-Gasteiz's successful candidacy last year for the title of European Green Capital 2012 was based on the city's activities in a variety of areas such as the fight against climate change, waste management, energy efficiency and sustainable urban planning. Its candidacy was supported by Guillermo Echenique, the General Secretary for Overseas Action, who ensured that the resources of the Basque Delegation to the EU were at the full disposal of the city during its meetings with EU institutions and organisations.
Moreover, on the same date the Basque Delegation to the EU held two workshops, on the efficient use of natural resources and on sustainable urban development, as part of the ICLEI European Convention 2011. ICLEI is an international organisation that brings together cities from around the world that are committed to the principle of sustainability.