World Mayor 20/21

Cascais Mayor Carlos Carreiras
Carlos Carreiras, Mayor of Cascais, Portugal, since 2011
World Mayor Nominations 20/21
Carlos Carreiras, Mayor of Cascais, Portugal

The 20/21 World Mayor Prize and Commendations will be conferred on mayors who have been showing leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic and who are now aiming to make their cities more resilient economically, structurally, socially and environmentally. In fact: Stronger | Fairer | Greener. The organisers of the World Mayor Project are looking for mayors who have shown exceptional leadership skills but also, and more importantly, acted at all times with compassion towards those most affected by Covid-19. The pandemic has shown how vulnerable even the richest cities are when confronted with a disaster like Covid-19. Forward-looking city leaders will now begin to re-think how their communities can be better protected against future threats, both natural and man-made.

Carlos Carreiras, Mayor of Cascais, Portugal, has been nominated for the 20/21 World Mayor Prize by people from his city and elsewhere in Portugal.

You may wish to support him further and comment on his achievements and plans for his city.

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Nominations for
Carlos Carreiras
Mayor of Cascais (Portugal)

Nominated by Paulo, Cascais:
Casais Mayor Carlos Carreiras has always been with the resident population in Cascais in the fight against the covid-19. He requested airplanes with individual protection materials, having subsequently assigned part to neighboring municipalities. President Carlos Carreiras showed the country that it was possible to create policies and measures that helped the economy, namely the creation of terraces that helped restaurants to minimize losses.

The increase in social support for those who are in a situation of great socio-economic fragility has always been a constant.
Carlos Carreiras, with his measures to combat the pandemic, makes us feel safe in Cascais.

Despite all this, the Mayor maintained his support for the reduction of carbon emissions through supporting soft mobility (bikes).

Challenges: It is important to support Mayor's policy regarding the environment: Soft mobility, autonomous bus, decarbonization.
It is also essential to take care of older people, of those who are in need.

Nominated by Jenny, Cascais:
I am blessed to be living in a city where the person in charge has a great sense of responsibility, resilience and humanity. Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, Cascais was already a city where people in need or themes as climate change were on the top priority of Mayor Carlos Carreiras. His motto is: "It all starts with people" and he lives up to this.

As a citizen, I was impressed with his ability to putting Cascais on the frontline to fight this pandemic. He immediately created a diary keeping everyone informed in a time where people could not get out of their homes and were scared. He mobilized the youngsters to help the elderly people that could not leave their homes to buy food. Cascais was the first Municipality who bought machines to manufacture face mask, right at the beginning of the pandemic, in a time where we couldn’t find any surgical mask; most importantly, he created a program to help families that lost their jobs due to this pandemic and up to this day keeps helping them. A variety of similar projects have been created, since March 2020, to fight this pandemic, being the main concern the well-being of all.

From a citizen perspective, living in Cascais, the feeling is that Mayor Carlos Carreiras administration is one step ahead and has been restless in fighting this crisis. If I would describe Mayor Carlos Carreiras in a word, it would be fairness and when people in charge have this quality hope rises and people find the strength to keep fighting.

Nominated by Mercedes B., Cascais:
Mayor Carreiras provided masks for the population from the beginning of the pandemic. People can be easily tested. He cared and took measures regarding poor people, old people and social institutions as Firemen. He kept markets open with very strict sanitary rules

Regarding the environment issue, he managed to clean rivers and woods and created several biological vegetable gardens for the community.

Nominated by Paulo R S.: Portugal:
Mayor Carlos Carreiras’ role was, from the first moment, a leading role in combating the harms of the pandemic in all perspectives and all aspects of social life, aiming at the security and health and economic well-being of all citizens and residents. As well as everyone who contributes to their work in the municipality, whether with those who visit us.

The actions carried out, at all levels, are recognized both internally in the Municipality but also at regional and even national level, with the Municipality of Cascais being a reference.

It is common sense to realize that Cascais has made an enormous effort to maintain itself as a cohesive community in which it cares for its most disadvantaged both through support generated for homeless citizens and through social and economic support measures for the most vulnerable families.

The investment made in terms of school and vocational education, as well as all measures in favor of combating unemployment and economic development in the municipality.

In environmental resilience with measures in certain pioneering cases to combat pollution in all its aspects, reduction of our carbon footprint, transversal energy efficiency actions, combating waste and promoting circular economy as well.

In the pioneering way in which it has prepared its teams to deal with the new challenges of society, both in terms of work and even in terms of social dynamics in favor of what it needs and uses public services.

Nominated by S. N., Portugal:
O Sr. Presidente da Câmara Municipal de Cascais desde a primeira hora desta pandemia, juntou a todos num esforço comum para combater em todas as frentes esta 'guerra' contra o coronavírus (COVID-19). E para que ninguém fosse deixado para trás, multiplicaram-se as iniciativas e actividades, nos vários sectores, realizadas para proteger a todos nesta crise, sem olhar ao âmbito das suas competências próprias ou a limites territoriais.

Nominated by Teresa, Portugal:
Capacidade de antecipação dos problemas causados pela pandemia, com um conjunto de medidas, muitas vezes substituindo-se ao Governo Central.

Nominated by Dace V., Cascais:
Since the very beginning of the Coronavirus spread, the Mayor Carlos Carreiras has taken in his hands the management of the most affected areas of the Municipality of Cascais. Various programs and social assistance actions were created to help to the most vulnerable groups of residents.

Under the leadership of Carlos Carreiras, the Municipality managed to provide its population with face masks, which were distributed free of charge in public places and transports. The Municipality has also bought the equipment for a local production of face masks. As result, Cascais Municipality has been able to sell its produced surgical face masks for a very affordable price and distribute them to low income families.

In order to take care of homeless, unemployed and economically vulnerable groups of residents, the Mayor organized the opening of social centers and food banks in various spots of the Municipality. Carlos Carreiras also accompanied the creation of special social services, which are organizing the delivery of food and other necessities. Senior and self-isolating citizens were able to ask for food and medicaments delivery, without going out and risking their lives.

Carlos Carreiras has always emphasized the importance of facing the problems and challenges and joining efforts for finding good solutions in the time of crisis. Therefore, the Municipality in partnership with private companies has also managed to launch solidarity cards, which could be used for purchases at supermarkets for those residents who do not have sufficient financial resources.

The defense and sustainability of the environment have been one of the main concerns of the Mayor´s strategy for achieving a greener community, which keeps the balance between the needs of citizens and limits of natural resources.

The protection and increase of the natural resources of Cascais has been the focus of the Municipality´s work. Under the leadership of Carlos Carreiras has been elaborated the Cascais Action Plan 2030, which identifies 13 measures and comprises a total of 80 actions, which have to be implemented in Cascais to protect the environment and natural resources and create positive impact on the economy and security of the community.
The Mayor Carlos Carreiras has always had a very dynamic management style. During the Coronavisrus crises he showed it explicitly, tirelessly and selflessly working for his community, and especially those most in need.

Nominated by Manuela F., Cascais:
He has been tireless in the measures to safeguard the health of all Cascais municipalities.

Challenges: Cascais has been a pioneer in attitudes in which good practices are a concern both at the environmental, social and employability levels.

Nominated by M B., Portugal:
I moved to Cascais when I was 10, I no longer live there, sadly, but I do have the privilege of working in Cascais.

Mayor Carreiras has been a true warrior since the beginning of this pandemic, as he has been throughout his terms. He is always down in the trenches taking a first hand account of what his municipality needs and were he must intervene for all its population, be they residents, workers or visitors, to feel comfortable, safe and happy. He has especially focused on the less privileged who's number has sadly seemed to increase due to the blow on the economy from the Covid-19 pandemic. Students and seniors have free public transport which has decreased the number of cars circulating. We have solidarity pantries in public places.

This works as donations of food by anyone in cupboards spread throughout so others may use it. It has been very popular. We have low cost masks in dispensers also in public places where for just 1 euro you can get 5 dispensable surgical masks. Free Covid-19 testing for the population. A flu vaccine program for seniors, also for free. He has built installations for the homeless so they have a safe haven and are less exposed to the virus. Mayor Carreiras works closely with all the solidarity institutions. All this along with the great beaches, parks, gardens and loads of activities for everyone that we had before this new reality.

Mayor Carreiras is a Mayor that centers his attention on his community's needs, not his own. During this pandemic he has especially focused on protecting and helping his population however he can. I strongly recommend he be considered for the 20/21 World Mayor Prize. Not that he does what he does for recognition, he doesn´t! But because he does what he does out of true concern for us. So he truly deserves it!

Nominated by Mónica S T B., Cascais:
The Mayor has given evidence of a person capable of safeguarding the community. The Mayor has positioned himself on the front line in relation to personal protective equipment for the entire population of Cascais.

Challenges: The smaller car circulation reduces CO2 emissions on a large scale, in my opinion the Mayor of Cascais, by providing free transport to the population, is largely contributing to the reduction of these emissions

Nominated by Luis, Cascais:
He belong to a risk group, and he had supported all the community during the pandemic, always giving the example that we cannot stop, but at the same time, encouraging people to respect the disease and protecting them and each others.

Challenges: We will become stronger if we keep this amazing effort.

Nominated by Conçalo V., Cascais:
Mayor Carreiras leads by example.
He has been side by side with their constituents during all pandemic.
Supporting the poorer with food and employment programs.
Comforting the community with daily addresses and live Q&R sessions on Facebook.
Launching innovative universal serological testing for all citizens.
Making masks free for everyone.
Having a Covid-bus testing people in shelter and care homes.
Mayor Carreiras is one of the most trusted voices leading to the coronavirus crisis in Portugal.

Nominated by Inès S., Cascais:
Besides all the care he has for the village (altought Cascais has 215000 people, it‚s still a cozy village), all through the years, by taking care of all the green parks, keeping the streets cleaned and the beaches safe, he has the best plans to combat the fight against COVID.
We surely have a few positive cases but he‚s making sure no one is left behind

Nominated by VV, Cascais:
Carlos Carreiras garantiu a segurança de todos os moradores, trabalhadores e estudantes de Cascais. Com ele sentimo-nos seguros.

Nominated by Nuno and Ricardo J. Cascais:
Mayor Carlos Carreiras was one of the first in Portugal to adopt covid-19 prevention measures. Some of the measures were:
- Offer of masks;
- Closure of sales of alcoholic beverages in the service areas at night to avoid social gatherings;
- Investment of personal protective equipment for health professionals and volunteers;
- Exemption from fees for merchants and fairgoers;
- Offer to the municipalities of serological tests;
- Acquisition of an ecological bus to conduct tests in social neighborhoods and schools.
- Supply of food to families in need;
- Support for the elderly in purchases;
- Acquisition of two machines for the manufacture of social masks;
- Financial support, as well as protection and hygiene material for associations, collectivities and clubs.

Nominated by Maria E de J D S.: Cascais:
Mayor Carreiras has proved to be a very concerned President with his fellow citizens and the workers of the entity he leads. During the first phase of the pandemic, when little or nothing was known about the virus, he was almost daily on the ground following what was being done, giving instructions to buy equipment to protect everyone. Inclusively the Municipality of Cascais, was one of the ones that gave to other Municipalities, some of these equipments. Nowadays it continues to think that people are the most precious good and that all of us must help.

Nominated by Critina T., Cascais:
Carlos Carreiras is the Mayor of Cascais, as well as President of the General Council of the National Association of Portuguese Municipalities and the Portuguese Network of Participative Municipalities. He was also the Vice-president of the Executive Commission of the Union of Portuguese Language Capital Cities (UCCLA) for the biennium 2017/2019.

Having completed his studies at Instituto de Contabilidade e Administração de Lisboa in 1987, he worked with large companies in Europe, South America and Africa, especially within the hospitality industry, until 2005. It was around that time that he would become interested in local politics.

A founder of the Social Democratic Youth (JSD) and member of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Carreiras advocates for public policies dedicated to the promotion of talent and entrepreneurship. He was awarded several distinctions, such as the First Class National Defence Medal by the Minister of National Defence, the First Order of the Republic by the Moldavian government, and the National Medal for Merit by the government of Romania.

The Mayor of Cascais, Carlos Carreiras, is the leader who always puts the needs of his co-citizens first. For this reason, the Municipality of Cascais follows the motto – ‘All for All’ (Todos por Todos). The Mayor Carlos Carreiras has stressed that people are always the responsibility of the closest level of power, therefore, it is critical to empower the municipality and its community, providing it with new opportunities and aspirations, as well as more skills and better public services.

The Mayor's leadership during the CoronaVirus crisis
During the CoronaVirus crisis, the Mayor of Cascais has been the first among all leaders at the national and international level to address and manage the urgent needs of society like a lack of protective masks, testing possibilities for coronavirus, lockdown and unemployment caused shortage of resources for families and the vulnerable situation of homeless people and other risk groups. The Mayor´s approach in addressing these problems has been aimed at serving the whole community: not leaving anyone behind.

When the Portuguese Government came out with new mandatory preventive measures for citizens in the fight with the spread of CoronaVirus, the Municipality of Cascais was the first local government, which, under the leadership of Carlos Carreiras, managed to immediately react and help the people in need to stay healthy and safe.

The Municipality of Cascais acquired industrial equipment to manufacture protective masks in Cascais for all residents and entities in the Municipality, thus guaranteeing autonomy, cost reduction and less environmental impact in the fight against Covid-19. This Program reinforced the production of protective equipment, and promoted the employability, as it required a partnership with the Employment Center of Cascais, who looked for citizens who could collaborate in this project with the role of packaging.

The production of surgical masks, transformed Cascais into a self-sufficient Municipality with individual protection equipment, a city project that ended supplying other municipalities as well. Today Cascais has a production capacity of more than five millions masks per month, with a production cost per unit that is half of its market price.

In these difficult times, the Mayor was also managing to address various other needs of socially and economically vulnerable groups. At the very beginning of the pandemic crisis, two social care centers were opened for homeless people in the Municipality. Under the Mayor's leadership, food banks have been launched, as well as special solidarity cards for purchases at supermarkets and many other supportive measures. The Mayor accompanied the creation of special social services, which carried out the delivery of food and necessities for community members in need. Senior and self-isolating citizens could call a special telephone line to ask for food and medication delivery.

Another innovative measure to face the pandemic was the Laboratory Bus or the COVID-BUS as it is known. This laboratory bus circulates in the Municipality to collect local analyzes aimed at carrying out tests on residents with reduced mobility and less ability to access digital media.
 "This is a way for the autarchy to be closer to people, especially those who are unable to be close to us due to several factors", stressed Mayor Carlos Carreiras.

Complementing the massive testing action already underway, to ascertain who has already been exposed to the coronavirus, the laboratory bus is now going to meet residents of more than 40 neighbourhoods to carry out serological tests near their homes.

In the implementation process of the Municipality´s action plan to fight the Covid-19 crisis, the Mayor has also emphasized the strategic importance of the young generation. For this reason, Carlos Carreiras has involved young people of Cascais as voluntary workers in several social projects. He demonstrated courage and profound commitment to address urgent problems and take care of all citizens during this unexpected crisis. Furthermore, Carlos Carreiras has also been the leader who manages to consolidate the Community of Cascais, affirming that openness and solidarity are in Cascais DNA and is its greatest strength.

The Mayor´s vision for a Stronger | Fairer | Greener community
Carlos Carreiras is the leader whose strategic vision for a stronger, fairer and greener community involves various dimensions: public, economic, and environmental health. His leadership style is focused on pursuing the set goals and managing the materialization of the Municipality´s strategic vision and plans in real-life projects that would benefit the whole community of Cascais.

For building a stronger and fairer community, the Mayor emphasis the importance of the future role of the public service that deserves the attention at the national and international context. He has signaled that this pandemic can be the catalyst for a new era between local and central state administration and that the challenges of this new time imply the need for change and more effective administration of public services at a local level.

To enable the Municipality to become more resilient - economically, socially and environmentally, Carlos Carreiras not only recognizes but also demonstrates the importance of facing the existing challenges and finding ways to overcome them. For achieving this, Carlos Carreiras has pointed out that public services have to compete with private ones, changing mentalities and attitudes. In his opinion, such modernization of public services will provide the communities with resilience in the face of crisis and will allow them to reach more sustainable growth in peaceful times.

Stronger | Fairer | Community
One of the projects, which has been aimed at building and fostering a stronger and fairer community, is the Cascais Solidarity Program measures (Cascais Mais Solidário).

With this program, Carlos Carreiras leads the community to openly face the growing problem of poverty and find solutions. This is an emergency food response platform that brings together the City Council and private companies as Lidl and Sonae groups. Its objective is to relieve the harshness of life for 1000 families. The program, which has an initial allocation of 300. 000 euros, allows support for low-income families with 75 or 100 euros per month delivered in the form of a card. This card, named „Cascais Solidarity‰ (Cascais Solidário), allows any citizen from this group anonymously to exchange it for groceries and essential goods in supermarkets. As a result of the social responsibility of individuals and companies, the Municipality now provide 220 tons of food per month that are redirected to 5500 families (a universe of 22 000 residents).

Greener community
The defense and sustainability of the environment have been one of the main concerns of the Mayor´s strategy for achieving a greener community, which is capable of maintaining the balance between the economic and social needs of citizens and ecological limits.
As Carlos Carreiras has stressed, "climate change is a problem today and every day". Its effects are already felt in several ways, with impacts on the economy and security of the communities. Therefore, the protection and increase of the natural resources of Cascais have been the focus of the Municipality´s work in various areas. It is also a way of guaranteeing future generations more advantageous social and economic development conditions.
Carlos Carreiras strategic vision for a greener community is embodied in the Action Plan for Adaptation to Climate Change - Cascais 2030 (2017), which has in its genesis an innovating engagement of the community: a long consultative process with citizens and experts from different institutions to signal priorities in the projects and actions to be implemented. For the implementation of the identified actions, the Municipality has allocated 11.5 million euros.

As such the Cascais Action Plan 2030 identifies 13 measures that comprise a total of 80 actions to be implemented in Cascais, with an immediate impact on the safety of its citizens and goods. The Cascais Action Plan 2030 also follows the methodological principles of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and its objective is to be the first Municipality in international level to comply with the Guidelines of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (Objective 13: Climate Action).

Meanwhile, the Mayor has also been committed to adopting policies that lead to a 10% reduction of (fossil) energy consumption, while investing in renewable energies. In this sense, the action of the Municipality has been carried out at two levels: on the one hand, developing projects, which lead Cascais as a public entity to reduce its energy consumption (in municipal buildings and equipment, car fleet, lighting and public purchases) and on the other hand, promoting environmentally and energetically sustainable attitudes among citizens of all ages. Several educational programs were created to raise awareness of the importance of adopting daily behaviors that contribute to the reduction of energy consumption.

These programs and solidarity actions carried out by the Mayor Carlos Carreiras during the CoronaVirus crisis, has played a crucial role in tackling of the pandemic, saving and preventing the people of Cascais from serious health, economic and social problems. It also gave hope and motivated the community to engage in the Municipality's initiatives and programs.

Carlos Carreiras has been demonstrating extraordinary leadership whose primary focus is on building a stronger and fairer community. Particularly, the Mayor has affirmed that challenges, provoked by Covid-19 crisis, could and shall be addressed by consolidating the whole community, finding solutions and supporting each other ˆ being „All for All‰ (Todos por todos).

Moreover, the Mayor´s strategic vision and his commitment in managing the Cascais Community has been unique, as it compromises a revolutionary approach to municipal management, as well as it leverages a powerful alliance of innovation and technology approaches in harmony with the preservation of Cascais natural resources and economic and social development.

Carlos Carreiras has been the Leader who unites Cascais, inspires and gives a direction to his co-citizens, showing that the strength of the Cascais community lies in its openness, solidarity and peoples determination to continue to work for a better present and future.