Green Cities Fit for Life

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Applying for EGCA

The Call for Applications for the 2017 European Green Capital Award closed on the 20th October 2014. This competition was open to all cities across Europe with more than 100,000 inhabitants. 12 Cities from 8 Countries across Europe applied for the 2017 Award. View 2017 EGCA Applicant Cities here

From the 12 cities that have applied for the 2017 EGCA 4 cities have now been shortlisted and will present to the EGCA Jury in Bristol in June 2015. The shortlisted cities for the 2017 EGCA are Essen, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Nijmegen and Umea.

The process of selecting the award winners is described below.

Online Application

All European cities that comply with the eligibility check may apply for the European Green Capital Award by submitting an online application form. A workshop for applicants to the 2018 Award will be held on the 3rd July 2015 in Brussels. To register for this workshop and find out more about this event please click here.


Technical Assessment by Panel of Experts

All applications received are assessed by the Expert Panel. The panel’s final report is submitted to the Jury who shortlist a number of cities. Read the Technical Assessment Synopsis Report for the 2017 EGCA Cycle here

The Jury Decides

The shortlisted cities are invited to present their vision, action plan and communication strategy to the Jury.  Based on this hearing, the jury selects a winning city.  The winners are announced at an award ceremony.

Competitions Publications

Publications are prepared each cycle on the competition aspect of the European Green Capital Award. Each cycle a Technical Assessment Report, a Jury Report and a Good Practice Report are prepared and a selection of these reports from previous cycles are available for download in the Award Publications section.