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On 30 May 2016, Ljubljana, this year’s European Green Capital, launched the European Green Week “Ljubljana.Tailored to the Youth.”, an annual gathering held under the auspices of the European Commission.
The European Green Week was opened by Mayor Zoran Janković and European Commission’s Director-General for Environment Daniel Calleja Crespo. Mayor Zoran Janković stated all cities should adhere to the sustainable development principles accentuated by the title European Green Capital. On this occasion, the Mayor stressed again the importance of solidarity with fellow people and future generations so they inherit at least well preserved nature that we have. Namely, as much as 75% of the population lives in cities, therefore it is necessary to apply the principles of sustainable development. The European Commission’s Director-General for Environment Daniel Calleja Crespo underlined the significance of the opening of the European Green Week in Ljubljana, this year’s European Green Capital. He pointed out that we can be proud of Ljubljana as it had made the highest number of sustainable changes in the shortest period of time and by doing so received this flattering title. "We, as well, are proud of Ljubljana and its title European Green Capital 2016." As the most important achievement he identified the change in citizens’ attitude in line with the European Green Capital title and European policies to be more responsible and environment-friendly, and to actively include children, as well. Until 2015, the most important events of the European Green Week traditionally took place in Brussels but this year the European Commission decided to hold the opening event in Ljubljana, this year’s European Green Capital. In addition to the official opening, numerous other events are taking place in Ljubljana this week. The main theme of the Green Week is investing for a greener future, and the aim of all events held across Europe is to contribute to the discussion on how to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in Europe. (wün)