EGCThe European Green Capital Award – Workshop for Applicant Cities will take place on 3rd July 2015 at the DG Environment offices in the European Commission in Brussels. The day provides potential applicants with an overview of the competition process, the do’s and don’ts of applying, advice from previous applicants, finalists and winners and opportunities to network with other environmental frontrunners from across Europe.

Attendees will be greeted by Ms. Astrid Schomaker, Director F: Strategy; and Mr. Nick Banfield, Head of Unit: Knowledge, Risks & Urban Environment, DG Environment.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the application process, focusing on a number of key areas including:

  • The Benefits of being a European Green Capital;
  • How to complete a successful application;
  • Overview of Application form & Guidance Note;
  • Key elements of the winning bid to become the 2017 EGC;
  • Sharing Good Practices across Europe.

Bristol currently holds the title of European Green Capital for 2015. As part of the workshop, Mark Leach, Bristol City Council, will discuss the experience of the City of Bristol in applying for the Award, how their EGC programme has been developed and how winning the Award has benefited Bristol.

The newly awarded 2017 EGC (winner to be announced on 18th June 2015) will also share their experiences in applying and give key elements of their bid they believe were critical to winning.

Ms. Hedwig van Delden, former member of the Expert Panel under indicator 3: Green urban areas incorporating sustainable land use, will also share her experiences from an evaluation perspective.

If you are interested in finding out more about this workshop or wish to register to attend please email To view the agenda for the day please click here.