Planning Policy & Research

French cities top shortlist for next European Green Capital

Dijon and Grenoble along with Tallin (Estonia) and Turin (Italy) make the shortlist for the European Green Capital Awards 2020.

Dijon and Grenoble along with Tallin (Estonia) and Turin (Italy) make the shortlist for the European Green Capital Awards 2020.

The awards, which was launched in 2008, recognise the achievements of Europe’s cities that actively attempt to make their urban environments better and healthier places to live.

This year’s finalists are providing that – they are quieter, healthier and greener cities

Virginijus Sinkevičius

With more than two thirds of Europe’s population living in urban areas, the Awards seek to inspire cities and towns to strive for urban sustainability and eco-innovation towards implementing the European Green Deal.

European Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, said: “In a context of climate emergency, Europe needs inspiring stories and good examples to follow. This year’s finalists are providing that – they are quieter, healthier and greener cities, all proving that local solutions already exist for the vast majority of the urban problems we face.”

Image credit:

Olivier Duquesne – Grenoble (CC by SA 2.0)

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