Organic Cities Network Europe aims to improve the quality of day-to-day life for local and regional populations. Our work therefore encompasses projects, initiatives and events to motivate and support the general public to voice their demands for healthy, organic nutrition.
The Organic Cities Network forms a crucial component of the movement working to create an Organic Food Intergroup of the European Commission, to coordinate political efforts and strategies at the European level and ensure the grassroots activities and the views and opinions of network members inform political action.
The member cities, municipalities and regions pool their powers and competences to produce policy change at the national and European level, ensuring that relevant policy areas focus much more strongly on the organic sector; support relevant cooperation projects; and link agricultural policy and economic policy measures far more closely with municipal activities. They also commit to outreach and engagement to ensure more cities, municipalities and networks are made aware of the network and become engaged as members.
In order to achieve these goals, Cooperation Partners agree to work together to develop joint strategies and problem-solving approaches, to source funding, to implement joint projects, and engage in coordinated public and political advocacy and information activities. The latter will focus particularly on building public awareness of and support for organic food and farming, and engaging the general public in local and regional advocacy activities, in particular those aiming to strengthen the position of the organic sector in relation to public procurement.