Ljubljana received the title of Green European Capital

Monday, 30 June 2014

On Tuesday, the 24.06.2014 in Copenhagen, Ljubljana received the title of European Green Capital 2016. The title was handed over by European Commissioner for Environment Janez Potocnik to the Ljubljana delegation. The commission has chosen Ljubljana, out of five finalists, because of the environmental awareness among its citizens and because of its sustainability strategy Vision 2025.
The European Commission, which is the initiator of the "competition", explained that Ljubljana deserves this title because of the efforts in the field of transport: it is the place which was dominated by the passenger cars, now diverted to the environmentally-friendly alternatives, such as public transport, cycling and walking. By receiving the title, Ljubljana now stands side by side with such cities as Hamburg, Victoria-Gasteiz, Nantes, Copenhagen and Bristol, as all of them have already received the title of European Green Capital.
In year 2005, Ljubljana was among the finalists for receiving the title, but was then defeated by Bristol. Prior to this, Ljubljana was nominated twice, but did not make it to the finals.

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