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The European Green Capital and European Green Leaf Awards Ceremony takes place Thursday 21 June!

Dual Logo 2018

This Thursday, 21 June 2018, the winners of the 2020 European Green Capital Award and 2019 European Green Leaf Award will be announced at an awards ceremony in Nijmegen, the current European Green Capital. A livestream of the ceremony is available for those unable to attend. The event can be viewed on Thursday 21 June from 19.00 (GMT+2 / CEST).

This week is the final stage of the competitions, where the cities will make their Jury presentations. In their presentations, cities must prove their overall commitment to sustainable urban development, their capacity to act as a role model to other cities, and their strategy for communicating and engaging with their citizens.

Competing for the 2020 European Green Capital Award are Ghent (Belgium), Lahti (Finland) and Lisbon (Portugal). The finalists presenting to the Jury for the 2019 European Green Leaf Award are Cornellà de Llobregat (Spain), Gabrovo (Bulgaria), Horst aan de Maas (Netherlands), and Mechelen (Belgium). The winners will be announced at the ceremony by Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

This year saw the highest number of countries entering the competitions in the history of the two initiatives, with 28 cities from 21 different countries applying for the awards. The finalists were shortlisted in April 2018 by the Expert Panel. To see what the experts had to say on each city, you can read the European Green Capital Technical Assessment Synopsis Report and the corresponding European Green Leaf report.