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European Commission launches two competitions for green cities - with financial rewards

By News Editor / Updated: 22 Jun 2017
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The European Commission recently launched the competitions for cities to win the 2019 European Green Leaf and 2020 European Green Capital Awards. Both reward cities for bringing about positive change that improves urban environments.

To celebrate the 10th year of the European Green Capital competition, the Commission will award €350,000 to the 2020 winner. Cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants can apply.*

For the city that earns itself the European Green Leaf 2019 title, a prize of €75,000 awaits. This for smaller cities: those with a population of 20,000 - 100,000 people are eligible to apply.*

Cities that win the awards benefit in numerous ways. They enjoy increased levels of tourism, positive international media coverage, and heightened international profiles. The titles also make makes cities more appealing to foreign investors and helps attract additional public funding. Aside from this, it provides a prime opportunity to build new networks and alliances.

To give potential applicants a helping hand, the European Commission has organised a dedicated Applicant Workshop on 27 June 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. This will provide an overview of the competition process, tips on how to complete the application, and an opportunity to meet with cities that have applied before. To register, send an email to applicantworkshop@europeangreencapital.eu

Both the European Green Capital and European Green Leaf Awards are open to cities in EU Member States, EU Candidate Countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

The application deadline for both competitions is 18 October 2017! 

Read more on how to apply on the European Green Capital Award website.

*Subject to the approval of the EU 2018 Budget and approval by the College of the 2018 Financing Decision for the EU LIFE Programme.  

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