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2020 EGLA

EGLA 2020 Applicant Cities12 towns and cities from 10 European countries are officially competing to become the next 2020 EGLA. The 2020 EGLA applicants are: Avignon (France); Kaposvár (Hungary); Lappeenranta (Finland); Limerick (Ireland); Mairena del Alcor (Spain); Mechelen (Belgium); Oliveira do Hospital (Portugal); Svishtov (Bulgaria); Szentes (Hungary); Valmiera (Latvia); Viana do Castelo (Portugal); and Vranje (Serbia).

Who will win EGLA 2020? 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 2019, so stay tuned!

Key dates for the 2020 competition cycle:

  • May 2018 – Competition opens
  • 18th October 2018 at 16.00 CEST (GMT +2) – Competition closes
  • November 2018 – March 2019 – Assessment by Expert Panel
  • April 2019 – Announcement of shortlisted cities
  • May/June 2019 – Jury presentations by shortlisted cities
  • May/June 2019 – Awards ceremony

About the Award

The European Green Leaf Award recognises and promotes the efforts of towns and cities (with 20,000 up to 100,000 inhabitants) towards better environmental management and outcomes.

An international Expert Panel performs a detailed technical assessment of each applicant, on the basis of six environmental topic areas. These topic areas are:

  • Climate Change & Energy Performance
  • Sustainable Urban Mobility
  • Nature, Biodiversity & Sustainable Land Use
  • Air Quality & Noise
  • Waste & Circular Economy
  • Water

The Expert Panel select a shortlist of cities to go onto the next phase of the competition. The shortlisted cities are then invited to present a communications strategy substantiated by action plans on how they intend to fulfil their year as a European Green Leaf to an international Jury, should they win.

Based on the proposals from the Expert Panel and information presented to the Jury, the Jury will make the final decision and select the city to be awarded the title of European Green Leaf 2020. The winner will be announced at the EGCA Awards Ceremony in Oslo (Norway), the 2019 European Green Capital.

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