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Workshop for applicant cities

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Workshop agenda

View presentations from the workshop.

  • Paul Davies, head of Bristol's Brussels office, on the benefits the award brought his city.

  • Ilka Neumann of the EGC secretariat on the role of the secretariat, and how to apply.

  • Jan Dictus, one of 12 experts in charge of reviewing applications, on how to impress the expert evaluation panel.

  • Ton Verhoeven of Nijmegen—newly awarded 2018 European Green Capital—on his city's experience applying for the title.

  • Simona Berden from the city administration of Ljubljana on how the city built its Green Capital events programme for 2016.

  • The secretariat's Nicolas Hemeleers on best practice examples from EGCA 2018 applicant cities.

  • Ben Caspar on the Commission's new Urban Benchmarking and Monitoring tool.

  • The call for applications for the 2019 European Green Capital Award is now CLOSED.

    Cities are invited to send their questions about the application process to

    To view presentations from the applicant workshops for the previous cycles please click on the links below:

    2018 Applicant Workshop

    2017 Applicant Workshop

    2016 Applicant Workshop

    2015 Applicant Workshop

    Interested in why your city should apply to be the next European Green Capital? See the Why Apply? tips below.

    Why Apply?

    Outlined below are some of the main advantages for cities applying for the European Green Capital Award. Taking part is just as important as winning ‐ city examples are also included.

    1. Preparing and submitting an EGC application is a useful tool for cities to measure their progress and as a benchmarking tool against peers across Europe
    Brussels Representative – Award Ceremony 2013, Nantes. “ We are all competitors here, but first we are partners”

    2. The European Green Capital Award allows for an exchange of “Best Practices” across European cities.
    Stockholm Representative – Award Ceremony 2013, Nantes. “Not just a competition, but a community of technical experts and officials who meet to discuss environmentally sustainable cities in Europe.”

    3. Preparing an application is a great opportunity for inter‐departmental communications & relations within the Local Authority. Enhances local authority cross department communication which can lead to a clearer overall picture of the city.
    Stockholm Representative – Award Ceremony 2013, Nantes. “ The Application process itself was very useful to us. We had to scrutinise the city and get all of the city administration on the band wagon”.

    4. It is useful to have one document to show the status of all the green initiatives in the city. Expert feedback on a cities application can be used to identify strong and weak areas of the city.
    Ljubljana City Planner – Useful to have all information collated in the one document for a holistic approach to planning.

    5. Data collected for the application form may have many uses. It is an ideal opportunity to create a Sustainability Report for the city.
    Dublin City Council – Has prepared a sustainability report in conjunction with submitting an application. The set of sustainability indicators as published in the report includes factors similar to the 12 environmental indicators as  ssessed by the Expert Panel as part of the European Green Capital Award. More info is available here.

    6. Enhances citizen participation via bid campaign e.g. Backing Bristol Campaign
    Copenhagen Representative – Award Ceremony 2013, Nantes. “Copenhageners are the most important stakeholders, without them we would not have even won the award”

    For European Green Leaf applicants

    Cities interested in applying for the 2018 European Green Leaf can watch a recording of a special workshop organised for applicants of that award here.