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Essen, Ljubljana, Nijmegen, Oslo and Umeå shortlisted for European Green Capital 2016

3rd April 2014

Essen, Ljubljana, Nijmegen, Oslo and Umeå have been shortlisted from 12 entries across Europe to proceed to the next stage of the European Green Capital 2016 Award, organised by the European Commission. View the press release here.

EGC LogoThe European Green Capital Award is presented to one European city every year, rewarding its achievements in environmental sustainability according to 12 criteria, including water, waste, transport, climate change management, and commitment to green spaces.

This was the first year of the competition that cities across Europe with more than 100,000 inhabitants were eligible to apply – previously only cities with a population of 200,000 or more were eligible. The five shortlisted cities will now proceed to present their vision, their potential to act as a role model to other cities, and their communication strategy to the Jury in Copenhagen on 23rd June 2014. The final result, the European Green Capital 2016, will be announced the next day at an official award ceremony in Copenhagen on 24th June 2014, hosted by the current European Green Capital Copenhagen.

The European Green Capital

The European Green Capital Award is the result of an initiative taken by 15 European cities (Tallinn, Helsinki, Riga, Vilnius, Berlin, Warsaw, Madrid, Ljubljana, Prague, Vienna, Kiel, Kotka, Dartford, Tartu & Glasgow) and the Association of Estonian cities on 15 May 2006 in Tallinn, Estonia. Their green vision was translated into a joint Memorandum of Understanding establishing an award to recognise cities that are leading the way with eco-friendly urban living.