South West Liberal Democrat MEP Sir Graham Watson has said Bristol’s “slick” performance before the competition judges on Friday and its ever growing green credentials means the case for the regional capital to be named the 2015 European Green Capital is now “overwhelming”.
Sir Graham, who was part of the bid team pitching before judges on Friday
, took part in the presentation for last year’s competition
in which Bristol was pipped into second place by the Danish capital Copenhagen. He said: “The bid is much better prepared this year than it has been in the past and I think we’ve learned from experience.
“The competition is fairly stiff and we shouldn’t underestimate what has been achieved in Brussels in recent years or indeed what has been achieved in Glasgow [and Ljubljana], but the case for Bristol gets stronger by the year. Every action that is taken, every pound that is invested, every community group that does something to make this city greener adds to our case and I think it is now overwhelming.”
The capital of the West Country has made the final shortlist for the European Green Capital award for the second year running and in its third attempt
. In the final shortlist for the 2015 award, Bristol will face off against two European Capital cities: Brussels
, as well as Scotland’s largest city Glasgow
After sensationally reaching the final shortlist for the 2014 award
and learning they had lost out for the second time last June
, the bid team revealed last July they had submitted another application for the 2015 award
and beat off competition from Bydgoszcz, Dublin and Kaunas to make the shortlist
The winner will be announced at a ceremony on 14 June 2013 in Nantes, France, the current European Green Capital.
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