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European Green Leaf Award - Winning cities

The European Green Leaf Award is open to all towns and cities from the EU Member States with a population of 20,000 and up to 99,999 inhabitants. The Rules of Contest for the latest cycle of the European Green Leaf Award are available here. The Rules of Contest must be followed in order for applicant cities to submit eligible applications.

At the heart of every winning city, there are citizens.

To best support and inspire you in your green transition, we would like to share citizen's diaries, stories and good practice factsheets. We hope they will motivate and mostly empower you in your daily life. You can find them here.

Elsinore 2024

The motto of its Green Leaf year is “sharing is caring”, with citizens and local businesses involved in achieving a green transition.

Velenje 2024

Velenje was one of the first cities in Slovenia to install a separate waste collection system and has been improving waste management ever since.

Valongo 2022

Valongo is located in the North of Portugal, District of Porto and is part of the Metropolitan Area of Porto.

Winterswijk 2022

Winterswijk is located in the East of the Netherlands and provides space for a total of 28,852 inhabitants.

Gabrovo 2021

Gabrovo Municipality is situated in central Bulgaria

Lappeenranta 2021

Lappeenranta is a municipality located in south-eastern Finland with its urban centre situated on the shores of Lake Saimaa.