Mayors: Climate change, housing are cities’ top challenges ahead of European election

By Aitor Hernández-Morales, Giovanna Coi | 05/24/2024 06:41 AM EDT

Local leaders want the EU to fund affordable housing, sustainable mobility and adaptation to climate change.

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As Europe heads to the polls, the continent’s local leaders say that climate change and housing are the most important issues facing their constituencies.

The latest Eurocities Pulse Mayors Survey — conducted in the months leading up to June’s European Parliament election and shared exclusively with POLITICO’s Living Cities— polled 92 mayors in 28 European countries.


For the second year in a row, climate change topped the list of most important issues for Europea’s urban areas. More than a quarter of the bloc’s municipal leaders said that global warming was the biggest threat facing their city; over two-thirds said they felt the majority of their citizens demanded action on decarbonization policies.