Open call for Twin Cities to accelerate climate neutrality

The Mission Platform of the Mission for Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities (NetZeroCities) has launched a call for a new Twinning Programme. The aim of this programme is to support cities on the path to climate neutrality – teaming cities up according to shared challenges, opportunities, and emissions domains to make the systemic changes needed to reach climate neutrality.

This call will be open from 3 May until 30 June 2023 to cities based in EU Member States or Horizon 2020 Associated Countries. Any city can apply, selected as one of the 100+12 Mission Cities or not.

The call will pair selected Twin Cities with cities participating in the NetZeroCities Pilot Programme. Over the course of 20 months, Pilot and Twin Cities will be brought together through online meetings, workshops as well as site visits to exchange and build capacities. Not only will Twin Cities learn from the innovative activities driven forward by Pilot Cities, but a peer learning framework will ensure that both groups benefit from being matched up. In addition, Twin Cities will benefit from support provided by NetZeroCities partners, as well as resources on the NZC Mission Platform.


NetZeroCities is a project consortium consisting of 33 partners from 27 European countries, managing the EU Cities Mission platform. The project supports the 112 European cities known as the Mission Citiesin drastically reducing their greenhouse gas emissions to achieve climate neutrality. The EU Cities Mission supports the European Green Dealin building a low-carbon, climate-resilient future through research and innovation.

The Commission launched the Mission for 100 climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030 in September 2021 with the adoption of a Communication on EU missions As well as the Cities Mission, there are four other EU missions covering global challenges in the areas of adaptation to climate change, restoring our ocean and waters, healthy soils and cancer.

More information

Net Zero Cities press release 

100 climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030

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