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Award Ceremony, European Green Capital 2014

29 June 2012, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

On the 29th of June, one of the 3 shortlisted cities will be crowned the 2014 European Green Capital. The ceremony will take place in the beautiful Palacio Montehermoso in Vitoria-Gateiz, Spain, the European Green Capital for this year. The shortlisted cities are Bristol, Copenhagen and Frankfurt. Representatives from all over Europe will be in attendance to hear whether Bristol, Copenhagen or Frankhurt will take the title. Noteworthy guests will include Janez Potocnik, the European Commissioner for the Enviroment and Mercedes Bressso, President of EU’s Committee of the Regions.

The day, which will culminate in the award ceremony, will begin with a workshop (in the Palacio Villa Suso) with representatives participating from the present European Green Capital, Vitoria-Gasteiz, past winners- Stockholm and Hamburg and also the European Green Capital for 2013, Nantes. The key topic will be “Green policies as a competitive advantage in cities.” The workshop will also involve a round table discussion with representatives from the three shortlisted cities for the 2014 competition title; Bristol, Copenhagen and Frankfurt, on the “Key to being a green city in 2014”.

Vitoria-Gasteiz will later showcase why they are the European Green Capital in 2012, through a visit to one of their most noteworthy environmental initiatives; the Green Belt and also optional guided tours of the city.

Observation of waterfowl in Salburua, one of the Green Belt Parks

Observation of waterfowl in Salburua, one of the Green Belt Parks

The finale will see one city crowned as the European Green Capital in 2014. To keep up to date with the competition and to read more about the shortlisted cities in the Evaluation Panel Report please click here.

Don’t forget to stay tuned to the Secretariat Facebook and Twitter pages on the 29th of June for updates on the winner of the 2014 European Green Capital Competition!