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2018 Applicant Workshop

The Applicant Workshop for the 2018 competition cycle was held on Friday 3rd July 2015 in Brussels.

The day provided potential applicants with an overview of the competition process, the do’s and dont’s of applying, advice from previous applicants, winners and past experts. It was also be an opportunity to network with other environmental frontrunners from across Europe.

Presentations

There were a number of invited speakers at the workshop; this was supplemented by application advice from the Secretariat. All information from the workshop is available below:

1. Introduction to the Secretariat – We’re here to help

Overview of the Secretariat, its role in the whole process and how the Secretariat can help applicant cities. To view this presentation please click here.

2. Best of European Green Capital and Benefits of Winning Cities

DG Environment presented videos demonstrating the European Green Capital Award. Also discussed was how winning the European Green Capital Award has impacted on winning cities. This included videos from the shortlisted cities for the 2017 cycle, videos of the handover from Copenhagen to Bristol (EGC 2015) and the 2017 EGCA & 2015 EGL Awards Ceremony.  Presentation available here.

3. Will your city be the European Green Capital in 2018? – How to complete a successful application

The Secretariat provided an overview of the application form and guidance note content.
This session highlighted key changes from previous cycles. To view this presentation please click here.

4. Workshop on Indicator 3 – Talk to the Past Experts!

Ms. Hedwig Van Delden was the expert for indicator 3 and peer reviewer of indicator 4 for the last 4 years. Hedwig shared her tips and advice on what makes a quality application and what impresses the expert evaluation panel. To view this presentation please click here.

A copy of the masterclass on air quality in an EGCA context, prepared by Dr Steen Solvang Jensen ( expert for Indicator 5 for the previous 4 years) is also available to view here.

5. How to complete a successful application

The Secretariat provided overview of how applications are assessed (within the limits of published information). To view this presentation please click here.

6. Key elements for winning bid to become the 2017 EGC

Essen has been awarded the 2017 European Green Capital title. Matthias Sinn, City of Essen, shared Essen’s experiences in applying and give key elements of their bid they believe were critical to winning e.g. gathering and presentation of information, local authority initiatives etc. To view this presentation please click here.

7. Building a European Green Capital Programme

Bristol currently holds the title of European Green Capital for 2015. Mark Leach, Bristol City Council, discussed the experience of the City of Bristol in applying for the award, how their EGC programme has been developed and how winning the award has benefited Bristol. To view this presentation please click here.

8. Sharing Good Practices across Europe

Launch of the Good Practice and Benchmarking report from the 2017 cycle. This session highlighted the good practice examples from the 2017 applicant cities. To view this presentation please click here.