European cities compete for European Green Capital & European Green Leaf Award
Cities from all across Europe still have the chance to enter the European Green Capital (EGCA 2023) and European Green Leaf (EGLA 2022) competition and win one of the two prestigious awards. The European Green Capital is awarded every year to a European city of 100,000+ inhabitants. The European Green Leaf Award 2022 is also underway, for smaller cities with 20,000 to 99,999 inhabitants. The European Commission will award a financial prize of €600,000 to the winning city of the 2023 European Green Capital title and €200,000 each to up to two cities for the 2022 European Green Leaf Award.
Both awards honour cities’ commitments to environmental, social and economic sustainability. The financial prizes are supposed to contribute to achieving their sustainability visions. Being a European Green Capital brings many benefits including a greater focus on environmental projects, increased tourism and foreign investment, boosting the local economy and helping to create employment. Winners and shortlisted cities also gain access to the exclusive European Green Capital Network, providing them with support and a platform for sharing knowledge and best practice.
There is still time to enter as applications close on 28 October 2020. The competitions are open for towns and cities from EU Member States, EU Candidate Countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.