ENVIRONMENT. A total of 17 cities from 12 countries have entered the race for the prestigious title European Green Capital for 2012 and 2013.
An evaluation panel of international experts, appointed by the European Commission, will now select a shortlist of finalists. The winners will be presented at an award ceremony in Stockholm, the European Green Capital for 2010, in October.
The 17 contestants are:
Antwerp (Belgium), Barcelona (Spain), Budapest (Hungary), Bologna (Italy), Espoo (Finland), Glasgow (United Kingdom), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Lodz (Poland), Malmö (Sweden), Murcia (Spain), Nantes (France), Nürnberg (Germany), Reykjavik (Iceland), Rome (Italy), Seville (Spain), Torun (Poland) and Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain).
Hamburg, Germany, has been chosen as European Green Capital for 2011.