European Green Capital
Smaller Cities, Growing Greener
The European Green Leaf is a new competition aimed at cities, with between 50,000 and 100,000 inhabitants,
to recognise their achievements in green growth. The recognition is given to a city that demonstrates a
good environmental record & green growth commitment; actively seeks to develop citizens environmental
awareness; and can act as a “green ambassador” to encourage other cities. The European Green Leaf will be
awarded on an annual basis by the European Commission in conjunction with the European Green Capital Award
from 2015 onwards as a stamp of approval to Smaller Cities, Growing Greener!
EUROPEAN GREEN LEAF 2015
Gain recognition for your environmental achievements
Who can apply for a 2015
European Green Leaf?
• The ‘European Green Leaf’ is open to
EU Member States; Candidate Countries
(Turkey, FYROM, Montenegro, Serbia
and Iceland); Liechtenstein, Norway
• All cities from the countries listed
above which have between 50,000
and 100,000 inhabitants can apply for
a European Green Leaf.
• In this context, a “city” is understood to
be an urban area and an administrative
unit governed by a city council or
another form of democratically elected
• Past winners may not apply for a period
of three years after they have been
awarded a “European Green Leaf”.
The selection of a city or cities to earn
a European Green Leaf 2015 will be
assessed on the basis of six categories:
• Climate change & energy performance
• Biodiversity & land use
• Quality of air & the acoustic
• Waste & green economy
• Water management
Applications can be made by
31 March 2015 online.
Detailed instructions on how to apply,
including a guidance note can be found