The capital of the West Country, Bristol
, will face competition from the capital cities of Brussels
for the 2015 European Green Capital award as the list of eight applicant cities was revealed by the European Commission today
Amongst the other cities in contention is Glasgow
(the largest city in Scotland), Kaunas
(the second-largest city in Lithuania) and Kutahya
, a small city in Western Turkey 969 metres above sea level.
The full list of cities that have entered the competition is as follows:
- Bristol (UK)
- Brussels (Belgium)
- Bydgoszcz (Poland)
- Dublin (Ireland)
- Glasgow (UK)
- Kaunas (Lithuania)
- Kutahya (Turkey)
- Ljubljana (Slovenia)
EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik
said: "This is the sixth year of the European Green Capital Award. It is encouraging to see former applicants reapplying and new ones showing genuine interest. Many EU cities are setting global standards for urban sustainability, with pioneering innovative solutions to environmental challenges. The Green Capital Award is a unique opportunity for them to share this knowledge with the rest of Europe.
The winner will be announced in June 2013 in Nantes, France (the European Green Capital that year).