Mayor Vilnius_signing charterThe mayor of Vilnius has marked the start of Lithuania’s EU presidency by making two important commitments in the city’s fight against climate change

Artūras Zuokas, mayor of EUROCITIES member Vilnius, marked the launch of Lithuania’s EU presidency by signing both the Covenant of Mayors and our Green Digital Charter in our office in the presence of European Commission officials on 1 July 2013.

Vilnius is the 24th EU capital and one of nearly 5,000 European cities to have joined the Covenant of Mayors initiative, through which signatories commit to reducing carbon emissions by at least 20% by 2020, and the 37th city to sign up to our Green Digital Charter, which sees cities commit to improving energy efficiency through the uptake of smart ICTs.

Colette Maloney, head of unit at European Commission DG CONNECT, welcomed the new signatory city by saying: “Vilnius is certainly on the right track and is definitely a shining example of the EU smart cities initiative. I am convinced that your innovative ideas can inspire other European cities”.

Find out more about the Covenant of Mayors and the Green Digital Charter.