Transformation through localisation of policy and decision-making is the theme of our inaugural Communities for Future Policy week. The week of events brings together policymakers and representatives of the thousands of community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability in Europe around the fifth annual European Day of Sustainable Communities, which takes place on the 18th September 2021.

Monday 20th September 2021

Online European webinar hosted by ECOLISE, the European Economic & Social Committee (EESC) and Rurener. 9.30-12.30 CEST.

Speakers include Mrs Clara de la Torre (Deputy Director in DG Clima), MEP Niklas Nienaß, Cillian Lohan (Vice-President of the EESC), Ugo Guarnaci  (European Research Executive Agency), Maëlys Garcia (Dynamique Jeunesse), activist Lydia Gratis and representatives of the grassroots community-led movement, youth and racialised communities. Discussion will focus on Democratic political processes, Working with Nature and Transition Design.

Registration for the Monday 20th September event here.

CfF Opening 20.09 programme & bios

Exec summaries for Monday 20th Sept 2021

Tuesday 28th September 2021

A hybrid event hosted in Brussels and online by ECOLISE, the EESC and Rurener. 9.30-12.30 CEST.

Confirmed speakers include Simona Vrevc (Slovenian presidency), Peter Schmidt (EESC), Matthew Bach (ICLEI Europe) & Marlène Siméon (CEMR). The focus of the event is Regenerative Culture, Bioregional Partnerships & Economic Diversity. The event includes breakout rooms for listening to voices that are rarely heard, discussion and networking.

Register for the Tues 28th September event here. REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED

The full programme for both events plus the regional events is here


The Exeutive Summary of ECOLISE policy papers presented on 28th September are here

All Communities for Future Policy Week events will be live-streamed on our Facebook page.

During the week a series of Regional policy events will be hosted in different countries by ECOLISE members and partners. They will bring together their policy makers (including MEPs) with representatives  of the community-led movement in their country to showcase practices, knowledge and learning from the ground and grassroots level. We will have events in France, Italy, the Netherlands & Portugal.

Organisers of these Regional events are being invited to share and invite discussion on one or more of the  policy papers being prepared by the ECOLISE policy circles: Democratic political practice / Living Values / Regenerative Cultures / Territorial, Bioregional Partnerships / Economic Diversity (also see Social Solidarity Economy) / Working with Nature.

The final event on 28th September will present the outcomes of the Regional policy events.