Finalists for the 2020 European Green Capital and 2019 European Green Leaf Award announced!
It’s that time of year again! The finalists for the 2020 European Green Capital Award (EGCA) and 2019 European Green Leaf Award (EGLA) have been announced!
Ghent (Belgium), Lahti (Finland), and Lisbon (Portugal), have made it to the final of the EGCA 2020. This is the second time these three cities will be in the same final, having all been shortlisted for 2019 competition!
The five cities shortlisted to compete for the European Green Leaf Award 2019 (EGLA) are Cornellà de Llobregat (Spain), Gabrovo (Bulgaria), Horst aan de Maas (Netherlands), Joensuu (Finland), and Mechelen (Belgium).
The title of European Green Capital is awarded every year to a European city with over 100,000 inhabitants for its commitment to environmental, social and economic sustainability. Now in its 11th year, the European Green Capital title has been awarded to ten cities to date: Stockholm, Sweden (2010); Hamburg, Germany (2011); Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (2012); Nantes, France (2013); Copenhagen, Denmark (2014); Bristol, UK (2015); Ljubljana, Slovenia (2016); Essen, Germany (2017); Nijmegen, Netherlands (2018); and Oslo, Norway (2019).
Following the success of the European Green Capital Award, the European Green Leaf Award was established in 2015 to recognise the environmental efforts and achievements of smaller cities (20,000 – 100,000 inhabitants). To date five cities have been awarded the title of European Green Leaf: Mollet del Vallès, Spain (2015); Torres Vedras, Portugal (2015); Galway, Ireland (2017); and joint winners for 2018, Leuven in Belgium and Växjö in Sweden.
Next steps for the EGCA2020 and EGLA2019
Now the finalists are busy preparing for the next stage of the competitions, where they must present their cities to an international Jury, demonstrating their overall commitment to sustainable urban development, their capacity to act as a role model to other cities, and their strategy for communicating and engaging with their citizens.
This year’s winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on 21 June 2018 in Nijmegen, the 2018 European Green Capital.