19 cities have applied to become the European Green Capital 2014

Español: Plaza Virgen Blanca VITORIA-GASTEIZ t...

Español: Plaza Virgen Blanca VITORIA-GASTEIZ tras la reforma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The European Commission’s European Green Capital Award (EGCA) recognises and rewards local efforts to improve the environment, the economy and the quality of life in cities. The EGCA is given each year to a city, not necessarily a capital, which is leading the way in environmentally friendly urban living and which can act as a role-model for other cities.
Some 19 cities from 14 European countries have applied for the 2014 award. Among them are Atlantic Area cities like Newcastle, Stoke-on-Trent and Bristol.
The deadline for submissions is now closed and the applications will now be evaluated by an expert panel.  This will include qualitative evaluations and a peer review of each application based on 12 indicator areas. Following these evaluations, 3-4 cities will be shortlisted for the 2014 title. The shortlisted cities will be invited to present their action plans and communication strategies to a Jury, which will deliberate and then make a final decision.
Europe’s first Green Capital in 2010 was Stockholm. Hamburg is the current holder of the title with the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz taking over in 2012. In 2013, the crown will be passed to Nantes in France.
A hand-over ceremony of the title of European Green Capital from the Mayor of Hamburg (2011) to the Mayor of Vitoria-Gasteiz (2012), will take place during the next CoR plenary session in December in the presence of European Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potočnik and CoR President, Mercedes Bresso.
For more information please visit the European Green Capital website.
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