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The European Business Awards for the Environment are open to companies officially registered in one of the 28 Member States as well as in acceding and candidate countries. Companies that wish to apply for the EBAE must have already succeeded at a national level – only winners and runners-up in national competitions and specially commended companies may apply to the EBAE.
The only way public enterprises or NGOs or other non-business entities can participate in the scheme is via a partnership with a business. In such a case, the business entity should be the one applying/officially submitting the application form in its own name. National authorities can establish different rules for their own national schemes.
To establish if an entity classifies as public or private, the EBAE refers to the definition of the Directive 2014/18 , Art 2, Definitions 1 (4) “Bodies governed by public law”. These are not considered companies and therefore can only apply to the EBAE if a business entity cooperates with them and officially submits the application form in its own name.
In addition to business entities, social enterprises that are not governed by public law can also apply.
The European Business Awards for the Environment are underpinned by a series of national environmental award schemes held in the 28 Member States and in EU acceding and candidate countries (Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYRoM), Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey).
Only winners, runners-up and companies specially commended in national competition(s) are eligible to apply for the European Business Awards for the Environment. Direct entries are not possible. Applicants must first have entered one of the national award schemes.
Each country can put forward a maximum of 12 entries with a maximum of 4 entries in each category for the European Awards. From 2016 there are two sub-categories under the Management Category. Each country can put forward a maximum of 4 entries under either of the two Management sub-categories, providing there are a maximum of 4 entries under the Management Category as a whole.
Each country is responsible for organising its own national scheme.
National selection is organised by EBAE National Coordinators representing or working with the national award bodies. They act as intermediaries between the European Commission and the companies which have been awarded a national prize and are competing for a European Business Award.
Together with representatives of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for the Environment (DG ENVIRONMENT), the EBAE National Coordinators constitute the EBAE Steering Committee. A list of National Coordinators classified by country is available on this webpage.
To apply for a European Business Award, applicants must fill in the EBAE entry form. The form requires a summary description of the company and project, and answers to a number of questions. Each applicant is allowed to enter in several categories.
A company must have been nominated in its own country to be eligible to the EBAE. A company nominated as winner, runner-up or special recommendation in one country cannot apply for the EBAE competition via another country.