The finalists for the European Green Capital Award (EGCA) 2019 and European Green Leaf Award (EGL) 2018 have been announced. Tallinn (Estonia), Ghent (Belgium), Lahti (Finland), Lisbon (Portugal), Oslo (Norway) are the five finalists shortisted for the EGCA. For the EGL, the finalists are Leuven (Belgium), Ludwigsburg (Germany) and Växjö (Sweden).
The shortlisted cities will now have to convince the Jury of their overall commitment to ongoing environmental improvement and sustainable development, their capacity to act as a role model, and their strategy for communicating with the public. This year's winners will be announced at an award ceremony on 2 June 2017 in Essen, Germany, the current European Green Capital.
The European Green Capital Award was established to address many of the challenges faced by European cities today. The Award recognises efforts to make cities more environmentally friendly and demonstrate a commitment to public engagement and local economic development. Stockholm, Sweden won the inaugural title, followed by Hamburg, Germany (2011); Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (2012); Nantes, France (2013), Copenhagen, Denmark (2014); Bristol, United Kingdom (2015); Ljubljana, Slovenia (2016); Essen, Germany (2017); and Nijmegen, Netherlands (2018).
Following the success of this Award, the European Green Leaf Award was launched in 2015 to give smaller cities (20 000 - 100 000 inhabitants), recognition for their achievement in sustainability.
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