Today, the European Commission handed over the title of European Green Capital from Hamburg (Germany) to Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain).
The ceremony was held in the European Parliament during the plenary session of the Committee of the Regions.
The European Green Capital Award recognises and rewards cities that are at the forefront of environmentally-friendly urban living and which can act as role-models to inspire other cities. Europe needs this kind of inspiration as cities strive to overcome increasingly persistent environmental problems.
Vitoria-Gasteiz, capital of the Basque country in northern Spain, is the third European city to gain this prestigious title of European Green Capital since the initiative was launched in 2010, following in the footsteps of Stockholm and Hamburg. In 2013 the title will pass to Nantes.
The competition to find the 2014 European Green Capital is currently underway with 18 cities contending for the title. The 2014 winner will be announced in June 2012 following an assessment of entries by an international jury supported by a panel of experts in different environmental fields,
including a Member of the Committee of the Regions.
Find out more here.