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European Commission launches financial incentive for green cities

15 June 2017

The European Commission has launched the competition for the 2020 European Green Capital and 2019 European Green Leaf Awards. With more than two thirds of Europeans now living in towns and cities, finding innovative and better environmentally sustainable solutions is necessary to manage and improve how we live, travel, and work. European Green Capitals and Green Leafs provide inspiration and motivation to help other cities find solutions, on both a European and a global stage.

To celebrate the 10th year of the European Green Capital competition and to encourage more cities to apply, the European Commission will award a financial incentive of €350,000 to the winning city of the 2020 European Green Capital title (cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants) and €75,000 to the winner of the European Green Leaf 2019 title (smaller cities with more than 20,000 inhabitants).

Winning Green Capital and Green Leaf cities enjoy increased levels of tourism, positive international media coverage, increased international profiles, networks and alliance opportunities, foreign investment, and momentum to continue improving their environmental sustainability.

To help cities get started, the European Commission has organised a dedicated Applicant Workshop to be held on 27 June 2017 in Brussels (Belgium). The day will provide an overview of the competition process, include tips on how to complete the application, and will provide an opportunity to meet cities that have gone through the application process before. To register, contact

Both the European Green Capital and European Green Leaf Awards are open to cities in EU Member States, EU Candidate Countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The deadline for applications for both competitions is 18 October 2017.

For more information, visit the European Green Capital Award website.

Greek municipalities prepared for EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2017

6 June 2017

On 30 May, more than 100 representatives from towns and cities in Greece got together to get inspiration and prepare the organisation of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, which takes place from 16 to 22 September.

The aim of the gathering was to establish a real network of local campaigners to exchange experience and know-how. Participation in EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK has increased remarkably in Greece over the past years, growing from 8 municipalities in 2013 to 86 municipalities in 2016.

The Greek Minister for Environment and Energy, Socrates Famelos, kicked off the day with a speech highlighting the role of cities that first invested in the development of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans. The Greek Government recently launched a fund to support sustainable urban mobility projects in municipalities with more than 25,000 inhabitants.

The European Secretariat was represented by Juan Caballero, who gave some tips and tricks to Greek municipalities on how to prepare their campaign and apply for the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award. Greek National Coordinators Vasilis Tikos and Kaliopi Papadaki then presented the user-friendly registration system to local campaigners. They also reaffirmed their commitment in supporting Greek municipalities to prepare for EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK.