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Eligibility Check

Rules of Contest

Download the latest rules of contest of the European Green Capital Award (EGCA) here.

Eligibility Criteria

At present, the eligibility criteria for the EGCA are as follows:

  1. The European Green Capital Award is open to EU Member States1, EU Candidate Countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
  2. All cities from the countries listed above which have more than 100,000 inhabitants can apply for the Award.
  3. In countries where there is no city with more than 100,000 inhabitants, the largest city is eligible to apply.
  4. A ‘city’ is understood to be an urban area, including metropolitan areas (excluding agglomerations), with an administrative unit governed by a city council or another form of democratically elected body.
  5. In any given year, cities can apply for either the European Green Capital Award or European Green Leaf Award, but not both at the same time.
  6. Past winners may not apply again after they have been awarded the European Green Capital title.
  7. The signatory should be the Mayor or highest-ranking city representative, authorised by national law to legally represent the city.

For more information on how to apply, please click here.


1 For British candidates or applicants: following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union and having regard to the fact that these Rules of Contest cover the award of a title to a city for the period after the entry into force of the withdrawal agreement (2023 for EGC or 2022 for EGL), cities located in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland are not allowed to participate in this competition.