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About the congress

The Congress of European Municipalities and Regions is the largest and most important gathering of local and regional governments in Europe. It takes place every four years in a CEMR member state.
Convening under the theme, “Local Action. Global Shift. Living the Sustainable Development Goals”, the Congress serves to exchange information and set the agenda for effective collaboration in order to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 (2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development).

Words of welcome

“Local Action. Global Shift” at the heart of Europe

Nestled in the Alps, Innsbruck’s appeal lies in its spectacular location, the synthesis of nature and the city, which is steeped in history. Pulsing with life, Innsbruck is a popular destination, offering sport, culture, education and a high standard of living: in short, the ultimate alpine-urban experience.
The Alps are a sensitive habitat, where the impact of climate change, a challenge that faces us all, can already be felt. Stepping up to its responsibilities, Innsbruck is taking key steps for the future, from the expansion of its public transport services and cycling mobility, to energy efficiency in residential buildings, right through to the development of energy and climate strategies throughout Tyrol.
“Local Action. Global Shift” is the theme of the Congress – putting sustainability and environmental awareness into practice is the order of the day. Inspired by a young Swedish girl and citizens across Europe, young people have succeeded in mobilising society. Realising that their future is at stake, they know the time has come to take a common stand for the environment. This starts off in the municipalities and cities of Europe, where we have an opportunity to make a difference at the regional level.
Innsbruck is being transformed into the centre of Europe: in opening our doors to more than 1,000 participants from all over Europe for the Congress of European Municipalities and Regions from 6 to 8 May 2020, we will be taking further important steps towards achieving the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. We want to achieve great things and take full advantage of this platform for networking.
Welcome to Innsbruck! We look forward to meeting you.

Georg Willi
Mayor of Innsbruck

Mag.a Christine Oppitz-Plörer
Deputy Mayor of Innsbruck