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Applicant Workshop

The Applicant Workshop for the 2023 European Green Capital Award was held online on 7 July 2020. The Workshop provided cities with an overview of the 2023 Evaluation Process along with helpful tips and advice on what makes a successful application.

For more information on the 2023 Applicant Workshop, including the presentations and recording of the workshop, click here.

Previous Applicant Workshops

To view presentations from the Applicant Workshops please see the links below:

2023 Applicant Workshop

2022 Applicant Workshop

2021 Applicant Workshop

2020 Applicant Workshop

2019 Applicant Workshop

2018 Applicant Workshop

2017 Applicant Workshop

2016 Applicant Workshop

2015 Applicant Workshop

Interested in why your city should apply to be a European Green Capital? See the Why Apply? tips below.


Why Apply?

Outlined below are some of the main advantages for cities applying for the European Green Capital Award. Taking part is just as important as winning ‐ city examples are also included.

1. Preparing and submitting an EGC application is a useful tool for cities to measure their progress and can be used as a benchmarking tool against peers across Europe
Brussels Representative – Award Ceremony 2013, Nantes. “ We are all competitors here, but first we are partners”

2. The European Green Capital Award allows for an exchange of “Best Practices” across European cities.
Stockholm Representative – Award Ceremony 2013, Nantes. “Not just a competition, but a community of technical experts and officials who meet to discuss environmentally sustainable cities in Europe.”

3. Preparing an application is a great opportunity for inter‐departmental communications & relations within the Local Authority. Enhances local authority cross department communication which can lead to a clearer overall picture of the city.
Stockholm Representative – Award Ceremony 2013, Nantes. “ The Application process itself was very useful to us. We had to scrutinise the city and get all of the city administration on the band wagon”.

4. It is useful to have one document to show the status of all the green initiatives in the city. Expert feedback on a city’s application can be used to identify strong and weak areas of the city.
Ljubljana City Planner – Useful to have all information collated in the one document for a holistic approach to planning.

5. Data collected for the application form may have many uses. It is an ideal opportunity to create a Sustainability Report for the city.
Dublin City Council – Has prepared a sustainability report in conjunction with submitting an application. The set of sustainability indicators as published in the report includes factors similar to the 12 environmental indicators as  assessed by the Expert Panel as part of the European Green Capital Award. More info is available here.

6. Enhances citizen participation via bid campaign e.g. Backing Bristol Campaign
Copenhagen Representative – Award Ceremony 2013, Nantes. “Copenhageners are the most important stakeholders, without them we would not have even won the award.”