Inauguration of the European Green Capital Award
22 May 2008
The inauguration of the European Green Capital Award took place at the premises of the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. During the launch event, Commissioner Dimas signed a Declaration establishing the award scheme together with Paddy Bourke, the Lord Mayor of Dublin and President of the Union of Capital Cities of the European Union, and Mr Gino Van Begin, Regional Director for Europe of ICLEI. Also present was Mr Jüri Ratas, former Mayor of Tallinn and current Vice-President of the Estonian Parliament, who laid the ground for the award in May 2006, along with other mayors.
The event also marked the launch of the official website, and cities may now apply via an online application form to be selected as the European Green Capital for 2010 and 2011. Any European city with a population of more than 200,000 can apply, and a jury will select the winning cities for 2010 and 2011 later on this year. The award is intended to help European cities become more attractive and healthy places – “fit for life”.
The launch of the award also coincided with the World Biodiversity Day.