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August 18, 2022

AHK’s Romania Lier, at “Cities of Tomorrow” conference: More than ever, cities play a key role for the sustainable development of Europe and Romania

Cities play a key role for the sustainable development of Europe and Romania, as they are the engines of the economy, according to the chairman of AHK Romania, Andreas Lier.

“More than ever, cities play a key role for the sustainable development of Europe and Romania. These are the engines of our economy, places where we connect, create, where we innovate. These are service centers, they consume a lot of energy, but represent the key to decarbonization of the economy. I noticed, because of the recent conflict, just how important energy supply is and how important it will remain. Still, cities are a mirror of an important development of what is going on in developing society, of what is happening all around us. That is why I am glad and grateful to see in this context that there is a round table dedicated to the safety of cities and the management of the migratory crisis. Thus, we are handling the current situation in which the Ukrainians are leaving and end up in Romania, among other countries, because of the Russian aggression. We wish for peace for our Ukrainian neighbors,” said Andreas Lier, during the 10th edition of the “Cities of Tomorrow” conference, organized by the Romanian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK Romania).

In turn, Germany’s ambassador in Bucharest, Peer Gebauer, highlighted that cities remain the main areas regarding energy, waste management, developing smart mobility solutions and the answer to problems referring to education.

The German ambassador highlighted that “it is difficult to talk about success stories these days when we notice that beyond our border there are cities that have been completely leveled by a brutal Russian aggression and the terror against innocent people”.

He specified that often, cities near the border, such as northern Sighetu Marmatiei or southeastern Isaccea, receive the first wave of refugees, answering to the problems of these people and migratory flows.

“I would like to congratulate the members of many communities from small and large cities in Romania that had a remarkable contribution during this crisis,” the German ambassador in Bucharest also said, according to Agerpres.

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