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2019 EGLA

Please note the EGLA 2019 competition is now closed.

mdr1277GR0012D01 EGLA 2019 CITIES

Fifteen cities from fifteen different countries across Europe are in the competition to become the European Green Leaf for 2019! The EGLA 2019 applicant cities are: Avignon (France), Cornellà de Llobregat (Spain), Delitzsch (Germany), Gabrovo (Bulgaria), Horst aan de Maas (Netherlands), Joensuu (Finland), Mechelen (Belgium), Nagykőrös (Hungary), Pärnu (Estonia), Roman (Romania), Santarém (Portugal), Serres (Greece), Strovolos (Cyprus), Tauragė (Lithuania), and Valmiera (Latvia).

Who will win EGLA 2019? The applications for the Award will be evaluated by the Expert Panel to determine who will be shortlisted for the final. Shortlisted cities will be announced in April 2018, so stay tuned!

For the first time, to celebrate the 10th year of the European Green Capital competition, the Commission will award €75,000 to the winner of the European Green Leaf 2019 title [1].

[1] Subject to the approval of the EU 2018 Budget and approval by the College of the 2018 Financing Decision for the EU LIFE Programme

Competition process

The Award has a two-stage evaluation process. First, an international independent Expert Panel assesses each city’s application, selecting a shortlist for the next stage of the competition. Applicants are assessed based on six topic areas.

The Expert Panel evaluation is synopsised in the Technical Assessment Reports. The reports from all previous EGL competition cycles are available here.

Finalists cities then present to an international Jury, when they must show their ongoing commitment to improving their urban environments and their capacity to act as a role model to others. You can find more information on the Jury here and read Jury Reports from previous cycles here.

Rules of Contest

The rules of contest of the European Green Leaf Award are available here. The rules of contest must be adhered to in order for applicant cities to submit eligible applications.

Benefits of entering the competition

Winning the EGLA brings numerous benefits to a city, including:

  • Positive European and international media coverage;
  • Increased tourism;
  • Increased international profile, networking and new alliances;
  • New jobs – a European Green Leaf is more attractive to foreign investors;
  • Attracts public financial support;
  • More emphasis on environmental projects through sponsorship and grants;
  • Boosts local pride and generates a feeling of belonging;
  • Momentum to continue improving environmental sustainability;
  • Access to the European Green Leaf Network of previous winners and shortlisted cities to share ideas and experiences.

Even undergoing the application process can be of great benefit to cities, as they gain expert advice on how to improve their approach under each environmental indicator/topic area.