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Applying for EGCA

The competition to find the European Green Capital 2023 has closed.


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 obligation free and does not require your city to enter the competition at a later date. Registration will allow your city to explore the application process and determine whether 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 form.

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

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 EGCA. Read the most recent Technical Assessment Synopsis Report (2022 EGCA Cycle) 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 each cycle on the competition aspect of the European Green Capital Award. Each cycle a Technical Assessment Report, a Jury Report and a Good Practise Report (or Good Practise Factsheets) are prepared and a selection of these reports from previous cycles are available for download in the Award Reports section.

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