The idea of a European Green Capital was originally conceived at a meeting in Tallinn, Estonia.
The meeting was held in May 2006 on the initiative of the former City Mayor, Jüri Ratas who said,
“It is my belief that a green and sustainable Europe is essential for improving public health and the quality of life of our citizens”.
In Tallinn, 15 European cities and the Association of Estonian cities signed a joint memorandum proposing the establishment of the European Green Capital award scheme.
The general aim of the initiative is to improve the European urban living environment – and thus the environment as a whole. Currently, 3 out of 4 of the European population living in an urban environment, it is natural that cities play a key role in making the environment greener and improving the quality of life of its citizens.