Green Cities Fit for Life

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Workshop for applicant cities

On 1 July, the European Commission lead an in-depth conversation with winners of the award, full of great tips for aspiring Green Capital cities.

Workshop for applicant cities

The workshop gave an overview of the EGCA competition process, the dos and don'ts of applying, and lessons from previous and current winners of the award. An expert responsible for judging the competition shared his advice, and the Green Capital secretariat was on hand to answer questions.

Nicole Wanders-Wengler of the Commission's DG Environment chaired the event.

Workshop agenda

View presentations from the workshop.

  • Paul Davies, head of Bristol's Brussels office, on the benefits the award brought his city.

  • Ilka Neumann of the EGC secretariat on the role of the secretariat, and how to apply.

  • Jan Dictus, one of 12 experts in charge of reviewing applications, on how to impress the expert evaluation panel.

  • Ton Verhoeven of Nijmegen—newly awarded 2018 European Green Capital—on his city's experience applying for the title.

  • Simona Berden from the city administration of Ljubljana on how the city built its Green Capital events programme for 2016.

  • The secretariat's Nicolas Hemeleers on best practice examples from EGCA 2018 applicant cities.

  • Ben Caspar on the Commission's new Urban Benchmarking and Monitoring tool.

  • The current application cycle (for 2019) runs until 3 November 2016. Apply here.

    Cities are invited to send their questions about the application process to

    For European Green Leaf applicants

    Cities interested in applying for the 2018 European Green Leaf can watch a recording of a special workshop organised for applicants of that award here.