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Ethical Tourism, Europe

Looking for a green city break?

Stockholm, European Green Capital 2010

Looking for a green place to head to for a city break? 17 cities from all corners of Europe have joined the race for the prestigious title of European Green Capital 2012 and 2013. The first of this month marked the deadline for applications for the European Green Capital Awards 2012 and 2013. There are a total of 17 applicant cities from 12 European countries, so it might be worthwhile choosing your destination from this list. Since 4 out of 5 Europeans now live in an urban area and with increased environmental awareness, it’s safe to say that being green is of huge importance. The European attitude towards the environment is continually improving, with cycle lanes now being applauded and the emergence of parks becoming increasingly popular. The ultimate proof of European cities’ aspirations to be green is their entry into the European Commission’s Green Capital Awards, a competition which aims to promote environmental initiatives around the continent. Starting in with this year, one European city will be selected annually to be European Green Capital of the year. The nominees are responsible for submitting applications to be the greenest city to a chosen committee who decide whose application is most worthy of the award and grants the title to the greenest city, one that has a consistent record of achieving high environmental standards and is committed to ongoing and ambitious goals for further environmental improvement and sustainable development. At an award ceremony in Brussels in February last year, the first European Green Capitals were announced: Stockholm for 2010, and Hamburg for 2011. The 2012 and 2013 award winners will be presented at an award ceremony in Stockholm on 20-22 October 2010. Applicant cities for 2012 and 2013 are:

 • Antwerp • Barcelona • Budapest • Bologna  • Espoo • Glasgow • Ljubljana • Łódź • Malmö • Murcia • Nantes • Nuremberg • Reykjavík • Rome • Seville • Toruń • Vitoria-Gasteiz

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