Dijon and its suburbs « Grand Dijon » took part in 2009, in three European cooperation projects concerning priorities for the Dijon area , namely the fight against global warming, the development of urban transports and rail high speed lines.

Dijon got involved in the European movement to promote sustainable energies. It took place in Brussels , on Tuesday, Feb. 10th, 2009. Dijon municipality is involved in the project entitled ” Covenant of Mayors .” This agreement has been, so far, the most ambitious to encourage local authorities and citizens to go beyond the EU energy and climate objectives. The local communities involved in this project, will put all their resources in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to promote renewable energies. They hope this decrease will reach 20% in 2020.

For the city of Dijon , being a member of this European project, is a great opportunity concerning the policy of sustainable development and urban ecology . Nevertheless, thanks to their membership, the city of Dijon will benefit from technical assistance and financial support from the European Commission in the development of their future projects.

 A European reform : the high speed line and the tramway in Dijon.

As you know, “united we stand, divided we fall”. This proverb could apply to the tramway in Dijon. Indeed, this project was the result of a fruitful cooperation between the Burgundy Council and Europe.

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Dijon agglomeration was involved in a project that is called TramStore21 . The European expert assessment helped the establishment of a tram line in « Grand Dijon ». Many communities were involved in this project, such as Brussels (Belgium) , Blackpool ( Great Britain) and Rotterdam ( Netherlands) .

This approach is also part of the European Interreg program. The aim was to create sustainable deposits, to find solutions in terms of innovation.

The impacts on the inhabitants of the city concerning the tramway line, and also the building materials and the work management were the different axes which have been put in place.

However, Dijon took part  in a European project which aimed at creating a TGV station in town. This project, supported by the Italian partner of the city of Dijon, Reggio nell’Emilia , aimed at enabling public organizations , and especially for local authority partners , to analyze the economic, social , cultural and environmental consequences of the host a high-speed railway station in the city. This initiative was directed with other communities in order to host a train station. These cities were Ciudad Real ( Spain) , Valladolid (Spain) , Ulm (Germany) , Rogaland (Norway), Radom (Poland) and the Universities of Ferrara (Italy) and Warsaw (Poland). To do this, a co-financing Interreg Community program was asked .

This project enables the city to continue its efforts for the progressive implementation of the high-speed line Rhine -Rhône and the creation of the high speed train station at Porte -Neuve in 2020-2025 .

To conclude !

Finally, the involvement of Grand Dijon in these projects, supports sustainable development policies in Europe because it will influence as many cities as possible to invest themselves in  similar European projects , in order to save the environment and our Earth.

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