Local governments across Europe are invited to apply for the European Commission’s European Green Capital Award 2020 and the European Green Leaf Awards 2019. The closing date for applications is 18 October 2017.
For the first time, winners will receive benefit from financial support for their environmental programmes and initiatives. The winner of the European Green Capital Award - open to cities with over 100,000 inhabitants - will receive €350,000, whilst the European Green Leaf Award winner will gain €75,000. The Green Leaf Award is for is for smaller cities and towns with 20,000-100,000 inhabitants.
The benefits of winning include international recognition and media coverage; increased investment and tourism, and the ,embership of an exclusive network of previous winners and shortlisted cities to share ideas and experiences with.
Past applicants have said that the application process in itself has proved hugely beneficial in evaluating their city’s environmental progress and plans, as well as benchmarking themselves against their peers.
EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Mr Karmenu Vella said that: “The European Green Capital and Green Leaf Awards are becoming increasingly important as we strive to manage our cities and towns against the challenges of population growth, pressure on resources and our responsibilities to manage climate change. European Green Capitals and Green Leafs provide vital inspiration and motivation to help other cities find solutions, on both a European and a global stage.”
To find out more, visit ec.europa.eu.