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Initiating the nomination European Green Capital

Tallinn

Detailed description of the Good Practice

In early 2006 the City of Tallinn created the idea to recognize the European cities, having the remarkable success in their environment with the title “European Green Capital”.
The idea was originally conceived at a meeting in Tallinn on 15th May 2006 on the initiative of the former Mayor of Tallinn Jüri Ratas. That day 15 European cities and the Association of Estonian cities signed a joint Memorandum proposing the establishment of the European Green Capital award scheme.
Union of the Baltic Cities, Eurocities, UCUE and other European networks together with more than 40 major European cities have signed the Memorandum in 2006. The Memorandum authorised Tallinn to present the initiative to the European Commission.
At the meeting with the Mayor Jüri Ratas on 29th June 2006 European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas expressed the full support for the initiative and indicated that DG Environment would contribute to the development of the award scheme.
Tallinn provided the background research on the Award in September 2006. In co-operation of DG Environment and Tallinn the preparatory work was done, award criteria were developed and the Award application for 2010 and 2011 was launched on 22 May 2008 in Brussels.


participation
citizens democracy
sustainable development

Objectives of the Good Practice

European Green Capital nomination serves as the powerful tool to engage the citizens in the process of improving the living and working conditions in their cities, to disseminate the best international practice and create the strong feeling of ownership of the future development.
Planning started in January 2006, the Award launched on 22. May 2008 and the first European Green Capitals announced on 23 February 2009.
The process continues and the next call for European Green Capital nomination will be announced in 2010.

Target group of the Good Practice

all European Cities

Funding of the Good Practice

Budget of Tallinn City, budget of the DG Environment / European Commission

More Details of the Good Practice

European cities did not have the prominent&visible recognition for their efforts and achievements until the launch of European Green Capital nomination.
Please see the background report from 2006 by Tallinn City Government and Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn Centre 2006 enclosed.
The European Green Capital evaluation criteria that are compiled by the top international experts serve as a most valuable tool for benchmarking the present state and future trends in evaluating the environment of the cities in Europe and worldwide. Numerous cities in Asia and North America have indicated their willingness to use the same criteria for evaluating their development.
The practice gained during the European Green Capital first application round proves the high value of the initiative. In United Kingdom the national competition to be nominated as the Green Capital was initiated. Bristol has been awarded the title of the Green Capital of UK and was one of the 8 short-listed candidates for the European Green Capital title in 2010-2011.
European Green Capital nomination serves as the powerful tool to engage the citizens in the process of improving the living and working conditions in their cities, to disseminate the best international practice and create the strong feeling of ownership of the future development.
The slogan GREEN CITIES – FIT FOR LIFE have been very warmly welcome by the European cities.
Nomination criteria enable to measure the success of the development and compare the cities between each other.
For Tallinn the European Green Capital criteria serve as the target of development and being ready to apply for the European Green Capital title in 2018 when Tallinn celebrates 300 years from founding the central Kadriorg park by Peter I in 1718.


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Contact details

Tõnu Karu
Tonu.karu@tallinnlv.ee
+372 6404122
Vabaduse väljak 7. 15199 Tallinn
Estonia

Data sources and references

Environmental Award 2009
UBC Commission on Environment