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The European Green Capital Award Handover Ceremony 2013

8th January 2014

The 18th December 2013 marked the end of Nantes’ year as European Green Capital as they handed their title to Copenhagen for 2014. ‘The Hotel’ in Brussels was the stunning venue for the handover ceremony which was attended by representatives from the two cities, the European Commission, the Secretariat and key stakeholders. In his opening address, Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment, noted that one of the things that makes the European Green Capital Award so vibrant is the on-going liaising and sharing of ideas and experiences between the winning cities. He applauded the European Green Capital Award for raising the profile of environmental sustainability in Europe.

Pictured at the handover ceremony is the European Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potočnik, turning the page of the “Green Book” from Nantes to Copenhagen, with President of Nantes Métropole, Gilles Retière, Mayor of Nantes, Patrick Rimbert and Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen

Pictured at the handover ceremony is the European Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potočnik, turning the page of the “Green Book” from Nantes to Copenhagen, with President of Nantes Métropole, Gilles Retière, Mayor of Nantes, Patrick Rimbert and Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen

He also expressed his delight in seeing Copenhagen  share what it has learnt by inviting cities from all across the world, researchers and citizens to join in the conversation.  Co‑operation is the way forward, and sharing solutions and best practices is a cornerstone of the Award.

Throughout their application for the European Green Capital Award and since winning the title for 2014, Copenhagen has been a living example of a city that won’t give up, that values its environment and its citizens, and that is going to be a shining example of what it is to be a European Green Capital. The city has planned a year packed full of events to promote the European Green Capital.

All involved with the European Green Capital Award would like to thank Nantes for being such an exceptional role model to all of Europe and congratulate them on an excellent year as European Green Capital.

For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here.

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