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Commission begins search for 2021 European Green Capital and 2020 European Green Leaf Award winners!

Does your city have what it takes to be the next European Green Capital or European Green Leaf Award winner? The European Commission has launched the competition and the search for the 2021 European Green Capital and 2020 European Green Leaf Award winning cities.

The European Green Capital Award (EGCA), now in its eleventh year, is awarded annually to a European city of over 100,000 inhabitants that has shown itself to be a leader in environmental, social and economic sustainability. The winner of the 2021 award will receive €350,0001 to kick-start its year as a European Green Capital.

The European Green Leaf Award (EGLA) is open to towns and cities with between 20,000 and 100,000 inhabitants, to recognise and promote their efforts towards better environmental management and outcomes. The winner of the 2020 award will receive €75,0001 to support its activities throughout its European Green Leaf year.

Being a European Green Capital or a European Green Leaf brings many benefits including, a greater focus on environmental projects, increased tourism and foreign investment, boosting the local economy and helping to create employment. EGCA and EGLA winners and shortlisted cities also gain access to the exclusive European Green Capital Network and European Green Leaf Network, respectively, providing them with support and a platform for sharing knowledge and best practice. In addition, previous applicants have said that the application process in itself proved beneficial in evaluating their progress and plans and benchmarking themselves against their peers.

Both the European Green Capital and European Green Leaf Awards are open to cities in EU Member States, EU Candidate Countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Check if your city is eligible for the EGCA 2021 or EGLA 2020.

The deadline for applications for the 2021 European Green Capital and 2020 European Green Leaf Awards is 18 October 2018.

1Subject to the approval of the EU 2019 Budget and approval by the College of the 2019 Financing Decision for the EU LIFE Programme