Commission to launch New European Bauhaus prize at upcoming Conference

The European Commission is organising a dedicated New European Bauhaus Conference on 22 and 23 April, some three months after the launch of the initiative’s ‘co-design phase’. The New European Bauhaus gives a cultural dimension to the European Green Deal and aims at accelerating the green transition of the built environment to achieve our climate targets. The Conference will be opened by Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen; European Parliament President, David Sassoli; and Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa, on behalf of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It will also hear from high-level speakers, like politician and philanthropist, Mike Bloomberg, grassroots activist and founder of shack dwellers international, Sheela Patel, climate scientist, John Schellnhuber, and other members of the high-level roundtable of experts for the initiative. The Conference will also see the launch of the first New European Bauhaus Prize. Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel and Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, leading this initiative in the Commission, will participate and share their vision for the New European Bauhaus, the goals and aims, and the next steps. Commissioner Gabriel said: “The New European Bauhaus is about hope, inspiration and new perspectives. This Conference will help us explore how to unleash and multiply the creative potential of our citizens to make a success of the initiative”. Commissioner Ferreira said: “The New European Bauhaus is an expression of a new mindset, combining sustainability, aesthetics and inclusion. Cohesion policy is a natural partner in this quest for green and inclusive regions, cities and villages. Let’s put our minds and hearts in building a better home for the future! Because home is where the heart is”. The Conference will be fully online and the programme is online here. Interested media are invited to register now. There will be an interactive press statement on EbS on Friday 23 April at 13:00 to launch the prize. Find out more about the initiative with these frequently asked questions.