The Pact of Free Cities, founded by the Mayors of the Visegrad Four capitals (Warsaw, Prague, Bratislava and Budapest) in 2019, is a global network of cities determined to stand up for progressive values and fight against nationalistic populism.
In the past few decades, cities re-emerged as hubs for progressive policies and pragmatic problem-solvers, positioning themselves against the reluctance, inability or slowness of national governments to rise to global challenges. The Pact of Free Cities has been created to highlight the growing importance of cities in preserving and protecting democracy and open society. The vision for the Pact is to build a value-driven mayoral network, agile to adapt to the ever-changing political environment and bring about meaningful change.
Protect and promote the common values of freedom, democracy and equality
Share best practices and seek solutions to common problems facing our cities
Create a platform to help cities coordinate their policies
Advocate for the role of cities and secure their direct funding on the EU level
Keep cooperation open to other cities and entities that share the same values
Pact of Free Cities was established in Budapest
Expansion Declaration signed at Pact of Free Cities Summit in Budapest
Admission of new members at the Prague Summit of Cities