Green Cities Fit for Life

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Who can apply?

In order to be eligible to apply for the European Green Leaf your city must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • The ‘European Green Leaf’ is open to EU Member States, EU Candidate Countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
  • All cities from the countries listed above which have between 20,000 and 100,000 inhabitants at the date of application can apply for a European Green Leaf.
  • In this context a “city” is understood to be an urban area and an administrative unit governed by a city council or another form of democratically elected body.
  • Previous winners may not apply for a period of three years after they have been awarded a “European Green Leaf”.

The 2018 call for application is now OPEN.

Download the terms and conditions of the European Green Leaf here.

For more information on putting together an application for the European Green Leaf Competition please take a look at our guidance note.

For further information about the competition please contact the European Green Leaf Secretariat at

If your city has a population over 100,000 then you are only eligible to apply for the European Green Capital Award. Find out more here.