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Bristol Mayor vows to swap signature red trousers for green ones… if city named EU Green Capital 2015

Tuesday, 28 May 2013
The Independent Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson, has pledged to swap his signature red trousers for green ones… but only if Bristol is named European Green Capital 2015.

The Mayor led the Bristol delegation as they delivered their pitch before the competition judges in Brussels on Friday. He hopes thousands of new jobs would be created in the city if named European Green Capital at its third attempt.

Speaking after the bid presentation, Mr Ferguson said: “it went really well, we worked really well together as a team and we've got a variety of interests and expertise here. I think we engaged and amused the panel, and they said so. So somebody else has got to win it because we certainly did not lose it.

We are the UK’s greenest city and I think we’ve got absolute determination and commitment to this in a way that very few other cities could possibly have. I will be seeing this right through to 2016 and I am prepared to fight the battles to make quite sure that we do become the green city that we aspire to be.

[If we win] I’ll be changing the colour of my trousers from red to green – at least for a day or two!


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 faces off against two European Capital cities: Brussels and Ljubljana, 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.

Video: Quadrant/Europe&You

Bristol has 'overwhelming' case for being named European Green Capital 2015 - MEP

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 and Ljubljana, 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.

Video: Quadrant/Europe&You

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South West MEP makes final shortlist for an MEP Award for the second year running

South West Conservative MEP Julie Girling has been named on the final shortlist for an MEP Award for the second year running.

In 2012 she was nominated by EU policy stakeholders for making an excellent contribution in the domain of animal welfare, this year she has been recognised for her work on the Environment.

Mrs Girling is a member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee and in the nominations was praised for her "calm, measured and insightful contributions" to debates and her efforts to subject legislation to "the highest level of scrutiny and analysis".

The other two MEPs in contention for this award are French Green MEP Sandrine Bélier and Bulgarian Liberal MEP Vladko Panayotov.

The MEP Awards are organised annually by the Parliament Magazine and the shortlist is produced after stakeholders nominate MEPs in each policy area. With the shortlists now announced, voting is open solely to MEPs with the winners to be announced at the MEP Awards ceremony to be held in Brussels on 25 June.

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