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Discover the 100 cities participating in EU Mission for climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030

The European Commission has revealed the participating cities and communities in the European Union’s mission to make 100 cities climate neutral and smart by 2030.

The Cities mission has a €360 million budget under the Horizon Europe programme for the period 2022-2023.

Out of 377 applications, 9 French local authorities have been selected within the framework of the Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Programme’s Cities Mission, including our members: the city of Dunkerque, Bordeaux Metropolis and Angers Loire Metropolis, as well as the city of Paris, the city of Marseille, Grenoble-Alpes Metropolis, Nantes Metropolis, the city of Lyon, and Dijon Metropolis.

The implementation platform of the mission, NetZeroCities, will support the initiatives of the 100 participating cities with personalised advice and assistance: additional financing solutions, the possibility of joining large-scale innovations and pilot projects, networking and exchange of best practices between cities, methodologies for involving citizens in projects, etc.


Sustainable City by France congratulates the selected French local authorities and is delighted with this result. This is a clear indication of the efforts that have been made within the framework of the French National Mirror Group – Horizon Europe to inform and support the French applications and to promote public-private synergies in response to the Call for proposals. These Mirror Groups were organised in partnership with the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, the Ministry of Ecological Transition, France urbaine, Gustave Eiffel University and the National Association for Research and Technology (ANRT). 

More information on the mirror Group

Mission: Climate Neutral and Smart Cities

The Mission for Climate Neutral and Smart Cities is one of the five missions of the European Union. This mission aims to support 100 European cities in their transformation towards climate neutrality by 2030, and to make them hubs of inspiration and innovation for all cities.

The EU missions are a new way of providing concrete solutions to some of our biggest challenges. They have ambitious goals and will deliver tangible results by 2030. 

About Solène

Mission Officer, Working Group, and Projects. Student at the Urban School of Sciences Po Paris, focusing on the ecological transition of cities.

About Quentin

Motivated by climate issues and planetary boundaries, Quentin decided to study land use planning at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. His experience in associative field at the Fresque du Climat, helped him to better understand the stakes of the ecological bifurcation. Between his native Haute-Savoie and his home town Rennes, where he gained expertise in mobility and sustainable agriculture, he is now based in Paris to deploy the Sustainable City by France’s territorial workshops throughout the country.

About Alice

After five years’ study at Sciences Po Lyon, with a specialization in territorial transitions, Alice joined Sustainable City by France (France Villes et territoires Durables). She actively contributes to the deployment of the association’s territorial workshops and working groups.
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Currently studying as a second-year Master’s student in International Relations at University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Tara holds a Bachelor’s degree from INALCO, with a double-major in Hindi language, and International relations / Environmental studies. Her work with us is in line with her former experiences at UNESCO and the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, thus deepening her professional expertise in the field of environmental diplomacy and international cooperation for sustainable development.

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She holds a Master’s degree in Development Economics from the Panthéon-Sorbonne University and is currently studying for a Master’s degree in International Relations and Action Abroad at the same university. She approaches the problems of sustainable cities and territories through these different perspectives and her international experiences.

About Isabelana

Isabelana is a Mexican journalist who holds a Master’s degree in Digital Communication and Data Analysis from the Sorbonne University. She previously worked in communication and press relations in the cultural sector in France and Mexico. Today, she is interested in ecological actions and solutions to preserve the environment and the biodiversity.

About Camille

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With a background in social sciences, art history and architecture, Camille has worked in communication within the VINCI group: from major international projects to La Fabrique de la Cité, a think tank dedicated to urban foresight.

About Alexandra

A geographer by training (Saint Petersburg State University), she started as a geographer and economist at the Academy of Agricultural Economics (Russia), before pursuing her career in France as an administrative and accounting assistant (Air Liquide, Association TGV Provence Côte d’Azur, COFHUAT, Groupe Hervé)

About Marion

Trained in international and European affairs between England and France as part of a double degree at Sciences-Po Lille / University of Kent, Marion started her career in advocacy and institutional relations of non-governmental organisations, in the fair trade sector (Max Havelaar France label). Her experiences are also linked to territories, with a passage in decentralised cooperation at the level of a departmental council.

About Sébastien

Before joining the SCbF team, he held several positions in local government management. From elected official and deputy mayor of his native city Besançon, in charge of university relations and international cooperation, to Director of Economic Development of the City of Pantin, to Chief of staff in Montreuil – where he notably piloted the in-depth redesign of the urban project towards more ecology and sustainable development – he continued his career as Senior Resilience Officer of the City of Paris.
He promotes a holistic and systemic vision of sustainable development and brings his expertise in territorial resilience, ecological and social transition.