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Lahti European Green Capital 2021 Handover and Opening Ceremony

15 January 2021

Online – 12:00 Lahti (UTC+2) / 11:00 Brussels (UTC+1) / 10:00 Lisbon (UTC)

On Friday, 15 January 2021, the European Commission will pass the European Green Capital title from Lisbon, the 2020 title-holder, to Lahti, officially starting the year of Lahti European Green Capital 2021. This symbolic event marks the beginning of Lahti’s European Green Capital year.

Watch the live broadcast of the Online Handover and Opening Ceremony here.

European Green Capital and European Green Leaf Online Awards Ceremony

8 October 2020


EU Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius will reveal the 2022 European Green Capital  and 2021 European Green Leaf Winners live at this year’s Awards Ceremony

The Awards Ceremeony will be broadcast live online on 8 October 2020, at 16:00 Lisbon (UTC+1) / 17:00 Brussels (UTC+2)

Register now to watch the Online Awards Ceremony, broadcast live from Lisbon, the European Green Capital 2020, with links from Brussels and our nine Finalist Cities!

Mannheim2020 Conference Toolbox session: Lessons from the European Green Capitals

2 October 2020, 9:30-11:00 CET


In this interactive session, each thematic EGCN toolkit was presented by a pioneering network member, showcasing what leading work their cities have done in the areas of adaptation, renewable energy, waste management and human scale urban development and how others can follow in their footsteps to become the next European Green Capital.
The Network Secretariat presented examples from other member cities and highlight the resources the Network has to offer and The European Commission joined to explaining the importance of the Network and its toolkits to inspire cities to tackle their most pressing environmental challenges and implement EU policy and legislation.
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European Green Capital Network (EGCN) Webinar Series

2-23 September 2020

The EGCN webinar series was open to all cities and relevant stakeholders and enabled exchange with EGCN experts across four different themes: 100% Renewable; Less Waste, More Value; Human Scale; and applying for the European Green Capital Award. The webinar series was free to attend and offered guidance, insider tips and the opportunity to learn and share experiences on best practices and challenges from EGCA winners and finalists.

European Green Capital Award 2023 Applicant Workshop

7 July 2020


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.

Lisbon Opening Ceremony January 2020

10-11 January 2020

Lisbon, Portugal

The Handover and Opening Ceremony for Lisbon’s title year as European Green Capital 2020 kicks off on 10 January 2020. Lisbon was announced as the winner of the European Green Capital Award for 2020 in June 2018. The Jury, who awarded Lisbon with this title, felt Lisbon could act as an inspiration and role-model for other cities across Europe as it started its journey towards sustainability during a period of economic crisis.

The Handover and Opening Ceremony will be a symbolic moment marking the beginning of the Lisbon European Green Capital initiatives. It also marks the beginning of a climate action decade in which cities and national governments have the responsibility to drive change and achieve the goals set in the Paris Agreement. Lisbon’s European Green Capital Year will be a testament to the city’s global commitment with this transition towards a sustainable future.

Let’s make a match and fall in ”city love”

A speed-dating session for cities hosted by the European Commission’s DG Environment

8 October 2019

Brussels, Belgium

An inspiring session where you can learn from the best of the best, about a range of environmental topics such as mitigation and adaptation to climate change, waste management, sustainable urban mobility or urban governance. European Green Capital winning cities will share with you how they managed the sustainability transition, and how you can do the same. If your city is going to apply for the European Green Capital Award, then this is a very valuable networking and learning event for you. This event takes part during the European Week of Regions and Cities, 7 – 10 October 2019.

For more information and to register, click here by 27 September 2019.

Awards Ceremony

20 June 2019

Oslo, Norway


The Awards Ceremony that announced Lahti as European Green Capital 2021 and joint European Green Leaf 2020 winners, Limerick and Mechelen, was held in Oslo.  Commissioner for Environment Maritime Affairs & Fisheries, European Commission Mr. Karmenu Vella announced the winners and participated in a dialogue with Governing Mayor Johansen, hosted by Gyna Gylver.  Thought provoking contributions on the future of our cities and our planet were also provided by 18-year old Norwegian climate activist Gyna Gylver, who travelled to the event by train from Barcelona and Young Green City Champion, 12-year old Penelope Lea  from Oslo.  Download photos from the Awards Ceremony here.

How can your city become future-proof?

Webinar hosted by the European Green Capital Network

12 June 2019, 14:00 CET

The webinar offered guidance, insider tips and the opportunity to learn and exchange experiences on cities becoming more resilient towards climate change.

Watch the webinar recording here

More on the European Green Capital Network’s toolkit is available here.

European Green Capital Award 2022 Applicant Workshop

27 May 2019

Brussels, Belgium

The Applicant Workshop for the 2022 European Green Capital Award took place on 27 May in Brussels.

You can view the presentations here.