The European Commission has initiated the competition for the 2026 European Green Capital and Green Leaf Winners. This presents an opportunity for cities committed to sustainable development to showcase their efforts and gain recognition, receiving up to €600,000 (Green Capital) or €200,000 (Green Leaf). The awards aim to commend towns and cities striving to reduce environmental impact while enhancing inhabitants' quality of life.

Cities can apply by April 30, 2024, via the EU survey. Winners will be announced around October 2024. 
More on the processes and rules.

Source of information: https://eu-mayors.ec.europa.eu/en/are-you-the-EU-2026-green-capital-or-green-leaf (Published 18 December 2023).