Today, the European Commission has launched a call for expression of interest for cities willing to join the European Mission ‘100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030′, one of the five missions identified in the Horizon Europe Strategic Plan. The objectives of this mission are to achieve 100 climate-neutral and smart European cities by 2030 and to ensure that these cities act as experimentation and innovation hubs to enable all European cities to follow suit by 2050. In the call launched today, European cities with the ambition to move ahead in their green transition, are invited to submit information about their current circumstances and work, as well as their future plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The selected cities will be right at the forefront of the transition towards climate neutrality, in line with the objectives of the European Green Deal, and will deliver multiple benefits to their communities in terms of reduced air and noise pollution, less congestion, and healthier lifestyles. Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, said: “We need cities and regions at the forefront of our efforts to reach climate neutrality. It is great to see the enthusiasm and ambition that many cities have already shared with us. I would like to strongly encourage cities to participate in this call, not just those that are already far advanced on their journey to climate neutrality, but also those who are in an earlier stage of their transformation.” After registering their interest and following an assessment by independent experts, the selected cities will be announced in April 2022. They will be able to start working towards their goals, with the help of a ‘Mission Platform’, as soon as the selection process is completed. More information about the selection process and the European Mission ‘100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030′ is available here, in the Info Kit for cities and in the Frequently Asked Questions, as well as in this Factsheet.