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Who can apply?

The European Business Awards for the Environment are open to companies officially registered in one of the 28 Member States as well as in acceding and candidate countries. Companies that wish to apply for the EBAE must have already succeeded at a national level – only winners and runners-up in the national competitions and specially commended companies may apply to the EBAE.



Participation of public enterprises and NGOs



The only way public enterprises or NGOs or other non-business entities can participate in the scheme is via a partnership with a business. In such a case, the business entity should be the one applying / officially submitting the application form in its own name. National authorities can establish different rules for their own national schemes.

To establish if an entity classifies as public or private, the EBAE refers to the definition of the Directive 2004/18, Art 2, al.4 “Bodies governed by public law”. These are not considered companies and therefore can only apply to the EBAE if a business entity cooperates with them and officially submits the application form in its own name.



Applying for the European Business Awards for the Environment

a. Nomination at national level

The European Business Awards for the Environment are underpinned by a series of national environmental award schemes held in the 28 Member States and in EU acceding and candidate countries (Iceland, FYROM, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey).

Only winners, runners-up and companies specially commended in national competition(s) are eligible to apply for the European Business Awards for the Environment. Direct entries are not possible. Applicants must first have entered one of the national award schemes.

Each country can put forward a maximum of 12 entries with a maximum of 4 entries in each category for the European Awards.

Each country is responsible for organising its own national scheme.

b. Selection by National Coordinators

National selection is organised and performed by National Coordinators representing the national award bodies. They act as intermediaries between the European Commission and the companies which have been awarded a national prize and are competing for a European Business Award.

Together with representatives of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for the Environment (DG ENVIRONMENT), they constitute the Steering Committee which organises the European Awards. A list of National Coordinators classified by country is given in the annex section of this document.

c. Applying for an Award

To apply for a European Business Award, applicants must fill in the EBAE entry form.

The form requires a summary description of the company and project selected and answers to a series of questions.

Each applicant is allowed to enter in several categories.



Note:

A company must have been nominated in its own Member state to be eligible to the EBAE. A company nominated as winner, runner-up or special recommendation, in one Member State cannot apply for the EBAE competition via another Member State.

Rules applying to previous EBAE winners wishing to re-submit their entries:

  • In the Management Category – Companies having won an EBAE Award in this category will need to wait two consecutive Award rounds before being allowed to reapply.
    For example, the Management Category Award Winner in 2008 would only be eligible to compete again in the same category in 2014.
  • In the Product and Services Category – Companies are able to apply to each round of the EBAE on the condition that the product being put forward for competition is entirely new.
  • In the Process Category – Companies cannot apply a second time with the same or similar processes or techniques. A Process Award is only given to innovative production techniques; as such, past winners applying again would be advised to provide proof of the truly innovation nature of their process.
  • In the International Business Cooperation Category – Previous winners are only eligible for this Award if an entirely new project is entered. This excludes the replication of the same project at a different level or geographical location.
  • In the Business and Biodiversity Category – Previous winners are only eligible for this Award if an entirely new project is entered. This excludes the replication of the same project at a different geographical location.