Nantes Creative Generations

Hello friends,
I come to you to bring some information about Nantes Creative Generations (NCG), an initiative that, I’m sure, will interest you.
NCG aims at encouraging and bringing together young European adults involved in innovative projects designed to strengthen the no­tion of citizenship, of «living together». Please find enclosed a complete presentation in the new NCG brochure.
Together with local associations, the City of Nantes and Nantes Metropole are organizing on 24-26 October 2013 the next edition of the NCG youth initiative Forum.
During these 3 days in Nantes, young Europeans and young Nantes projects holders will be invited to present projects, debate, share experiences, improve skills and take part to cultural events. As well as showcasing their own projects, participants will have the chance to learn from peers across Europe and to gain better understanding of the European dimension of local projects.
As we are now seeking applications from young people aged 18-30 to present their innovative and inspirational projects linked to citizenship, you’ll find enclosed the 2013 NCG Forum application form.
Applications must be submitted by 31st May and projects selected will be notified in June.
Please feel free to spread the word to all your networks, NGO’s and any people you think might be interested.
Our website is under (re)construction. Meanwhile, you can follow NCG on Twitter :
For further informations, don’t hesitate to contact me,
Thanks a lot for your help,
Best regards.
Antoine PARROT
Europe officer / International Relations Department

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.