The European Commission has announced the results of the “Green Capital of Europe 2023” competition. Estonian Tallinn turned out to be the winner. Last week, the city, together with three other finalists – Polish Krakow, Swedish Helsingborg and Bulgarian Sofia, presented its competition application in Lahti in front of an international jury consisting of experts from various fields of ecology. Cities were assessed in twelve categories, incl. water quality, sewage management, energy balance, urban transport, public space management, green development, noise.
The title of the Green Capital of Europe has been awarded since 2010. The award goes to a city that commits itself to ambitious goals to further improve the environment and sustainable development, and to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants. The competition is open to cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants. In the case of countries where there is no such a large city, the largest city in the country is allowed.
The current winner – Tallinn, in addition to the title, received an award of 600,000. euro for projects related to sustainable development. The title of “European Green Capital” is awarded two years in advance.