European Green Capital and European Green Leaf Awards Ceremony
The European Commission will announce the winners of the European Green Capital and European Green Leaf Awards during an official ceremony on 2 June 2017. The awards will be presented at a ceremony in Essen, current holder of the title of European Green Capital.
The cities shortlisted for both awards will be revealed in early April and invitations to the event will be issued shortly thereafter.
The European Green Capital Award and the European Green Leaf Award recognise a city’s commitment to a better urban environment. Cities with populations over 100,000 are eligible to apply for the European Green Capital Award. The European Green Leaf is open to cities of between 20,000 and 100,000 inhabitants. Both competitions are open to EU Member States, EU Candidate Countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
Winners demonstrate well-established records of high environmental standards and a commitment to setting ambitious goals for future environmental progress, underpinned by the practical application of sustainable development. The schemes have a particular focus on green growth and job creation. Winners act as ambassadors to inspire other cities and to promote best practices in pursuit of sustainable urban development.
Nine cities have now won the European Green Capital Award: Stockholm (2010), Hamburg (2011), Vitoria-Gasteiz (2012), Nantes (2013), Copenhagen (2014), Bristol (2015), Ljubljana (2016), Essen (2017), and Nijmegen (2018).
Three cities have now won a European Green Leaf award. In 2015 – the first year of the competition – Mollèt del Valles (Spain) and Torres Vedras (Portugal) received the award. The European Green Leaf Award 2017 has gone to city of Galway.
The competition for the titles of European Green Capital 2020 and European Green Leaf 2019 will be launched in May 2017.
The Award Ceremony will follow this year’s closing ceremony for EU Green Week 2017. Green Week is an annual event that brings together environmentalists, stakeholders, policymakers, and other interested parties to discuss European environmental policy. This year’s theme is ‘Green jobs for a greener future’. Events throughout the week will focus on the EU’s role in creating green jobs and ensuring European citizens have the necessary skills for this growing sector.
More information on Green Week is available here.