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The European Green Capital Award Handover Ceremony 2013

18th December 2013 Brussels, Belgium

The European Commission will officially handover the European Green Capital title from Nantes, France, to Copenhagen, Denmark at a prestigious event in Brussels on Wednesday, 18th December 2013. The event will celebrate the handover of the title and also provide an opportunity for cities to meet and discuss the importance of green economy in sustainable cities, the successes that the European Green Capital Award has brought about and the challenges they face throughout Europe.

This exciting event will mark the fifth year of the European Green Capital initiative, which rewards cities that are making efforts to improve the urban environment and move towards healthier and sustainable living areas. Progress is its own reward, but the satisfaction involved in winning a prestigious European award spurs cities to invest in further efforts and boosts awareness within the city as well as in other cities. The award enables cities to inspire each other and share examples of good practices in situ. The winning cities to date include: Stockholm 2010, Hamburg 2011, Vitoria-Gasteiz 2012, currently Nantes 2013, Copenhagen 2014 and Bristol 2015. All are recognised for their consistent record of achieving high environmental standards and commitment to ambitious goals.

Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment, at the handover event last year.

Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment, at the handover event last year.

This year Copenhagen, Denmark will receive the title of European Green Capital 2014. The Jury singled out Copenhagen as a good model in terms of urban planning and design. It is also something of a transport pioneer, aiming to become the world’s most practicable city for cyclists. Its goal is to have 50% of people cycling to their places of work or education by 2015 (35% cycled to their workplace or school in 2010), helping the city reach an ambitious goal of being CO2 neutral by 2025.

Further details of the event, which include the list of speakers, will be confirmed soon.

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

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