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Applying for the EU Green City Award

The competition for the European Green Capital 2024 Award is open until 25 March 2022 at 23:59 CET (GMT+1).


How does my city apply?

To find out more about how your city can apply for the European Green Capital Award please view the 2024 'Will Your City be the next European Green Capital winner?' leaflet. You can also find out if your city has what it takes to win the title of European Green Leaf by visiting the evaluation page.



The first step in applying is to register your interest by filling out the form found here with your city’s information. Once you register your interest, your city will receive the full set of application forms. Registration is free of obligations and does not require your city to enter the competition at a later stage. Registration will allow your city to explore the application process and determine if your city would like to make a formal entry.


Online Application

All European cities that comply with the eligibility check may apply for the European Green Capital Award by submitting an online application via EU Survey.

For information on putting together an application for the European Green Capital Award you are advised to carefully read the guidance note.


Join the Applicant Workshop: how to make a good application?

The Applicant Workshop for the European Green Capital Award 2024 will take place online in January 2022. The Workshop provided cities with an overview of the Evaluation Process along with helpful tips and advice on what makes a successful application.


Rules of Contest

Download the latest Rules of Contest of the European Green Capital Award here. The Rules of Contest must be adhered to in order for applicant cities to submit eligible applications.


Technical Assessment by Panel of Experts

All applications received are assessed by the Expert Panel. The Expert Panel determines the finalist cities for each cycle of the EGC. Read the most recent Technical Assessment Synopsis Report here, as an example.


The Jury Decides

The finalist cities are then invited to present their vision, action plan and communication strategy to the Jury. Based on this hearing, the jury selects a winning city, which is announced at an annual Award Ceremony.


Competition Publications

Publications are prepared for each cycle on the competition aspect of the European Green Capital Award.

 Each cycle has a:

  • Technical Assessment Report
  • Jury Report
  • Good Practice Report (or Good Practice Factsheets)

A selection of these reports from previous cycles are available for download in the Award Reports section.

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