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Selection and evaluation

The selection process consists of three steps: eligibility, selection and decision. The process began with the close of the call for applications on 21 January 2015, and will be completed with the announcement of the winners at the ceremony in Brussels on 21 May 2015.



All applications have been screened for their eligibility. Any entity or group based in the EU was entitled to apply. Applications had to explicitly refer to one or more Natura 2000 sites, and could be made in any of the official EU languages. All efforts were made to assess the applications in their original language, although in some cases it was necessary to translate the application.
Applications by multiple applicants were allowed, but one of the applicants had to be designated as the lead.  Entrants had to clearly present tangible results achieved in the past five years. More details on the eligibility criteria can be found in the Guidance for Applicantspdf(310 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  .


All eligible applications have been assessed by an independent evaluation team for their effectiveness, originality, durability, costs and benefits, and replicability. A panel has established the short list of finalists which is now being considered by the jury.


Based on the short list of finalists, a high level jury - including representatives of the EU Institutions, local authorities, stakeholders and organisations active in the field of nature conservation - will choose the winners of the five category awards.

In a parallel and independent process, the winner of the Citizens' Award is being chosen by a public vote.

The announcement of all six winners will be made at the Award Ceremony on 21 May 2015.