European Green Capital Handover
From Bristol 2015 to Ljubljana 2016,

Brussels, 09 February 2016


As the new European Green Capital, Ljubljana will act as ambassador for sustainable urban development, sharing its local, best practices and encouraging other cities across Europe to become greener, healthier and more sustainable.

The Handover Ceremony will give you a taste of the year ahead: Ljubljana plans to dedicate each month of the year to a different environmental theme.

Check out the city's new Green Capital website:

The ceremony is not just an inauguration for the Slovenian capital; it will also highlight Bristol’s accomplishments as European Green Capital 2015. Bristol has already promoted the Bristol Method, its programme to help people in other cities understand and apply the lessons Bristol has learned in becoming more sustainable.

Since 2010, the European Green Capital Award has rewarded cities that show robust commitment to sustainable urban planning. Winning cities are selected on the basis of their achievements and commitment in twelve key areas. Their applications are evaluated by an independent panel of experts, followed by a jury decision.

The European Green Capital Award shows how cities benefit by pursuing green urban policies; policies that make cities more liveable, attract investment, create new jobs and growth, and raise their standing and appeal as tourist destinations.

The Commissioner for Environment, Karmenu Vella, will speak at the Ceremony, along with the mayors of Ljubljana and Bristol and the Director General for Environment, Daniel Calleja. The event will be headlined by a stimulating keynote speaker on environmental sustainability, and will finish with a drinks reception.