Record number of Green Capital applicants

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The 2016 European Green Capital award has received the greatest number of applications yet

The 2016 edition of the European Green Capital award has received the greatest number of applicants yet. Twelve cities including five EUROCITIES member have applied for the title, which rewards cities that are making efforts to improve the urban environment and move towards healthier and more sustainable living areas. The initiative began in 2010 titand provides a springboard for sharing best practices, spreading ideas and inspiring other cities.

The following EUROCITIES members and partners have applied for the 2016 award: Ljubljana (Slovenia), Oslo (Norway), Tours (France), Umea (Sweden), and Zaragoza (Spain). They are joined by the following cities: Dabrowka Gornicza (Poland), Essen (Germany), Larissa (Greece), Nijmegen (Netherlands), Pitesti (Romania), Reggio Emilia (Italy), and Santander (Spain). For the first year, cities with populations of over 100,000 can apply for the reward. This is one of the reasons for the greater number of applications, as the award was until now only open to cities with over 200,000 inhabitants.

An international expert panel will now perform a technical assessment of each entry based on 12 different indicators, including green urban areas, nature and biodiversity and local transport. A shortlist will be drawn up and those cities will then be invited to present their proposals to an international jury in 2014. The winner will be announced in June 2014 in Copenhagen, the 2014 titleholder.

EUROCITIES vice president city Nantes currently holds the title, and other EUROCITIES members that have been awarded the title are: Stockholm (2010), Hamburg (2011) and Bristol (2015).

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