The cities of Vienna and Ljubljana signed another cooperation agreement | PID press

Signs with the mayor of Vienna Ludwig and the mayor of Ljubljana Janković; Exchange on climate protection, digitalisation, culture, democracy and participation

Vienna (OTS / RK) The city of Vienna and the Slovenian capital Ljubljana want to collaborate more intensively over the next four years. This is the goal of a cooperation agreement that the mayor of Vienna Michael Ludwig and the mayor of Ljubljana, Zoran Janković, signed today, Friday. The deputy mayor of Ljubljana, Tjaša Ficko, was also present at the signing in the Red Hall of the Vienna City Hall.

In addition to implementing the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the “Sustainable Cities and Communities” and “Partnership to Achieve Goals” areas, both cities have been committed for four years, in particular to protecting and promoting common European values And goals such as human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law, human rights, peace, security, solidarity, social justice, tolerance and cultural diversity.

“I am delighted to be able to continue and deepen the good cooperation between our two cities with this new agreement,” said Vienna Mayor Michael Ludwig. “Ljubljana is a beautiful and green city that sets an example for many other European cities,” said the city manager of Vienna. “My colleague and I agree: the future of the European Union lies in the cities. Good cooperation is all the more important to us in order to protect the interests of European cities, ”says Ludwig.

The mayor of Ljubljana Zoran Janković stressed the importance of the agreement with Vienna. “It is a great honor for me that our two cosmopolitan cities like ours work so well together. For Ljubljana, Vienna is above all a model in terms of organization and lifestyle. Ljubljana can learn a lot from Vienna regarding parks, pedestrian zones, but also the expansion of solar energy and the energy industry “, said Janković, who invited Mayor Ludwig on a return visit to the city more great of Slovenia.

Specifically, Vienna and Ljubljana have agreed to exchange know-how in four thematic areas over the next four years: environmental and climate protection, with particular attention to sustainable waste management, renewable energy generation, circular economy and urban agriculture including beekeeping; Digitization of urban services and digital smart city solutions; Cultural cooperation including the protection of cultural heritage; Participation and inclusion of vulnerable groups such as the elderly, children, young people and people with disabilities.

Since 1999, intense collaboration between the two cities

The two cities of Vienna and Ljubljana had already signed a first bilateral cooperation agreement in July 1999. This has been extended and supplemented four times in recent years, the most recent in 2016. Relations between the two cities are developing intensively, so there was a meeting of municipal directors in the Slovenian capital in April 2022. In autumn 2021, city councilor Peter Hanke and a delegation were present for talks, Mayor Ludwig recently traveled to Ljubljana in October 2019 for the “Vienna Days”. The city of Ljubljana, with a population of 300,000, sees Vienna as a great model and in recent years has established itself internationally as a “green” tourist destination. In 2016 it was named “Green Capital of Europe”, in June Ljubljana is the home of Velo-City 2022 and is considered a sustainable destination.

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