Official Jury Partners
The European Green Capital Award has a jury composed of representatives from seven European institutions, including the Commission itself, who participate in the selection of the European Green Capital each year. Details of the 6 other partner are provided below:
With 71 members, this Committee is the largest legislative committee in the European Parliament. Their work in the field of environmental policy covers issues ranging from the regulation of toxic chemicals to the preservation of Europe’s biodiversity. The Committee also works towards promoting a resource-efficient and sustainable Europe. Climate change is at the heart of the Committee’s mandate.
The Committee of the Regions is the voice of regions and cities in the European Union. It is made up of 353 members - regional and locally elected representatives from the 28 EU countries- organized by 6 commissions covering competences in the following policy areas based on the EU Treaties:
- Employment, vocational training, economic and social cohesion, social policy, health.
- Education and culture.
- Environment, climate change, energy.
- Transport and trans-European networks.
- Civil protection and services of general interests
The European Environment Agency (EEA) is an agency of the European Union whose main task is to provide sound, independent information on the environment. They are a major information source for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy, and also for the general public. Currently, the EEA has 33 member countries.
ICLEI is the world’s leading association of cities and local governments dedicated to sustainable development. They are a powerful movement of 12 mega-cities, 100 super-cities and urban regions, 450 large cities, as well as 450 medium-sized cities and towns in 86 countries.
They promote local action for global sustainability and supports cities to become sustainable, resilient, resource efficient, biodiverse and low-carbon. Cities are encouraged to build smart infrastructure and to develop an inclusive, green urban economy with the ultimate aim to achieve healthy and happy communities.
Created in 1974, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) is now Europe’s largest federation of environmental organizations with 140+ member organizations who gain their membership from the general public. The EEb is thus shaped by 15 million European citizens, and acts as a means of communicating with key EU decision makers.
The Covenant of Mayors is the mainstream European movement involving local and regional authorities, voluntarily committed to increasing energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources on their territories. Through their commitment, Covenant signatories aim to meet and exceed the European Union 20% CO2 reduction objective by 2020.
As well as the Jury partner organisation the European Green Capital Award has developed partnerships with key environmental and local government initiatives and organisations across Europe, some of which are presented below.
Eurocities is a network of the elected local and municipal governments of major European cities. It was founded in 1986 and today the network comprises over 130 of the largest European Cities and 40 partner cities from across 35 countries as members.
Eurocities operates through six thematic forums, with policy priorities of Climate, Inclusion and Recovery. Eurocities aims to reinforce the role of local governments and to work with and influence EU institutions, in order to tackle common issues that affect the day-to-day lives of Europeans.