EC Grants Stockholm and Hamburg the Green Capital Cities of Europe Award

23 February 2009: The cities of Stockholm and Hamburg have been granted the first Green Capital Cities of Europe award by the European Commission (EC), for 2010 and 2011, respectively.

The announcement was made by Stavros Dimas, European Environment Commissioner, at a ceremony held in Brussels, Belgium. The Award, an EC initiative, was conceived to promote and reward environmental protection efforts by European cities, to spur them to commit to further action, and to showcase and encourage the exchange of best practice among them. Congratulating the winners, Gino Van Begin, Regional Director of the ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, European Secretariat, which was part of the appraisal panel, praised the way both cities had “set several ambitious targets in a range of sustainable development areas, in particular to combat climate change in a comprehensive and innovative ‘local' way.” [ICLEI press release]