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EU adaptation policy

The EU strategy on adaptation to climate change aims at making Europe more climate-resilient. Taking a coherent approach by complementing the activities of Member States, it promotes adaptation action across the EU, ensuring that adaptation considerations are addressed in all relevant EU policies (mainstreaming), promoting greater coordination, coherence and information-sharing.

The EU Adaptation Strategy recognizes that improved access to funding is critical in building a climate-resilient Europe. The Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020 will ensure that at least 20% of the European budget is climate-related expenditure, including both adaptation and mitigation.

The EU gives high consideration to the issue of subsidiarity and understands its role as a facilitator of joint adaptation action by all local, regional, and national actors, both from the private and public sector. The European Commission has set up Mayors Adapt , the Covenant of Mayors Initiative on Climate Change Adaptation, to engage cities in taking action to adapt to climate change. Cross-border issues call for an EU and transnational approach.

Complementary actions are taking place at various levels:

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