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Competitions and award ceremonies

European Green Capital and Green Leaf Awards

On Thursday, 9 September at 17:30 CET, the winner of European Green Capital Awards for the year 2023 will be announced. There will also be one or two cities below 100 000 habitants receiving the Green Leaf Awards.

We have four finalists for the Green Capital 2023:

  • Helsingborg – Sweden;
  • Krakow - Poland;
  • Sofia – Bulgaria and
  • Tallinn – Estonia.

And we have six Green Leaf finalists for 2022, also spread across Europe: 

  • Bistrita – Bulgaria;
  • Elsinore – Denmark;
  • Gavà – Spain;
  • Treviso - Italy,
  • Valongo - Portugal and
  • Winterswijk - The Netherlands

A festive Ceremony will be organised in hybrid format with a live stream from the city of Lahti.

Please join us for this event here: and check our website out here: European Green Capital and Green Leaf Awards

Commissioner Sinkevičius will join the event virtually to announce the winners and DDG Joanna Drake will be on site to hand over the trophies in person.

The European Green Capital Award has been firmly established in EU policy since 2010. Especially in our challenging times of environmental and health crises, the Award is an important instrument to support implementation of EU environmental policies and legislation on the ground. We need good examples that ‘going green’ is achievable and can go hand in hand with a thriving economy. Green Capital and Green Leaf winners go on as ambassadors to motivate and inspire others to follow their example not only during their title year but for the wider future – in the spirit of: once a green capital, always a green capital!

The Finnish host city of Lahti – a city once marked by rapid growth and urbanisation, high levels of environmental pollution and high unemployment rates - is today an urban sustainability pioneer. Whether it is in protecting and enhancing nature and biodiversity, significantly reducing municipal waste or driving behavioural change, Lahti is ahead. Climate change and environmental challenges are great threats to our society and Lahti clearly shows that going green is achievable. Going carbon neutral more than two decades ahead of the EU 2050 target is the best proof of this.

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Practical information

Directorate-General for Environment