Picture of participants at panel debate on energy restructuring in Brussels.

As part of the European Week of Regions and Cities, the Greater Copenhagen EU Office organised a panel debate on energy restructuring in collaboration with five other regional offices from Poland, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, Ireland and Germany.

Marie-Louise Lemgart, energy and climate consultant in the municipality of Høje-Taastrup, participated in the panel debate, where she talked about their participation in projects within EU programs such as Horizon 2020 and Interreg.

Høje-Taastrup is a small municipality with a small administration, and perhaps precisely for this reason, EU support has been of great importance for the municipality’s green development over the past 10–15 years. The municipality is currently involved in several EU projects in collaboration with knowledge institutions and companies.

One of the EU projects is the Smart City Accelerator, which is supported by funds from Interreg. The project focuses on energy conversion from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. Another Horizon 2020 project is COOL DH, which for Høje-Taastrup is about reducing heat loss and increasing the share of fossil-free energy in the district heating system.

Projects like these are important for the municipality’s green transition, which is why in Høje-Taastrup they also greatly appreciate the EU support and their EU office in Brussels, which supports the international work.

Based on Marie-Louise Lemgart’s speech moderator Angelika Poth-Mögele of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions said: “I think it is important to point out and send a message that even small municipalities can benefit from EU funding.”

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