Champion Cities
January 24, 2023, Vilnius


09:00 – 10:00
Registration & Welcome coffee

10:00 – 10:15
Champion Cities Summit Vilnius Opening

10:15 – 10:20
Opening speech
By Ingrida Šimonytė, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania.
10:20 – 10:25
Welcome greetings
By Remigijus Šimašius, the Mayor of Vilnius.
10:25 – 10:30
Video greetings
From André Sobczak, the Eurocities Secretary General, and Lori E. Lightfoot, the Mayor of Chicago.
10:30 – 10:55
Keynote presentation
By Remigijus Šimašius, the Mayor of Vilnius.
10:55 – 11:20
Green Cities: How One Colour United Future Cities?
Presentations and panel discussion by:
Mihhail Kõlvart, the Mayor of Tallinn,
Nikola Mitrović, the Head of Mayor’s Cabinet of Podgorica.
11:20 – 12:00
Coffee break
12:00 – 12:45
From Iceland With Love: How One Island Changed the World?
Presentation by Dagur B. Eggertsson, the Mayor of Reykjavik.

Followed by a panel discussion on cities' attitudes to the social policy and citizens' well-being with:
Dagur B. Eggertsson, the Mayor of Reykjavik,
Matti Helimo, the Deputy Mayor of Tampere,
Agnes Berlakovich, the Director of the Department for Social Welfare, Social and Public Health Law of the City of Vienna.
12:45 – 13:10
How Does a City Reach Excellence in Mobility?
Presentation by Sergio Fernández Balaguer, Head of International Department of EMT Madrid.
13:10 – 14:10
Networking lunch
14:10 – 14:35
Paris, a World City
Presentation by Arnaud Ngatcha, the Vice-Mayor of Paris.
14:35 – 15:00
How Does Diversity Become the Strength of the City?
Presentation by Toralv Moe, Senior adviser, Department for labour, integration and social services, City government of Oslo.
15:00 - 15:30
Bold Ideas as a Gamechanger: How Creativity Empowers The City?
Fredrik Haren, The Creativity Explorer.
15:30 – 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 – 16:55
Freedom Fighters: Cities United With Ukraine
Panel discussion with:
Andriy Sadovyi, Mayor of Lviv,
Rafał Trzaskowski, Mayor of Warsaw,
Mihhail Kõlvart, Mayor of Tallinn,
Linda Ozola, Vice-Mayor of Riga
Remigijus Šimašius, Mayor of Vilnius.

Moderator: Antanas Anskaitis.
16:55 – 17:10
Closing remarks
The Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society (Aušros Vartų st. 5, Vilnius)

Conference venue


Antanas Anskaitis

Antanas Anskaitis

Partner at Grinvest, a company that specializes in investing in real estate and private equity opportunities within the Baltic region.
Lovelda Vincenzi

Lovelda Vincenzi

A consistent face of world-leading events, she has facilitated important conversations with notable figures such as Carl Lewis, Monica Lewinsky, Kunal Nayyar, Paul Polman, and Margrethe Vestagar.


Remigijus Šimašius

Remigijus Šimašius

The Mayor of Vilnius
Arnaud Ngatcha

Arnaud Ngatcha

The Vice-Mayor of Paris
Rafał Trzaskowski

Rafał Trzaskowski

The Mayor of Warsaw
Mihhail Kõlvart

Mihhail Kõlvart

The Mayor of Tallinn
Dagur B. Eggertsson

Dagur B. Eggertsson

The Mayor of Reykjavik
Linda Ozola

Linda Ozola

The Vice-Mayor of Riga
Matti Helimo

Matti Helimo

The Deputy Mayor of Tampere
Agnes Berlakovich

Agnes Berlakovich

The Director of the Department for Social Welfare, Social and Public Health Law of the City of Vienna
Sergio Fernández Balaguer

Sergio Fernández Balaguer

The Head of International Department of EMT Madrid
Nikola Mitrovic

Nikola Mitrovic

The Head of Mayor’s Cabinet of Podgorica
Fredrik Härén

Fredrik Härén

The Creativity Explorer
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