At the October 1st Cabinet Meeting the government decided in principle to support Tallinn City in the sum of 600 000 euros, in the case if the European Commission chooses Tallinn as the European Green Capital 2022.
According to Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, the title of
Green Capital is accompanied by an opportunity to introduce
good initiatives in creating a healthy and sustainable
environment and to promote the green way of thinking more
broadly. “European Green Capital has an opportunity to bring
more attention to environmental topics. The government also
wants to contribute, and in the case of winning the title, to
support organising the main events and projects of the winning
year with 600 000 euros”, he said.
Tallinn City has made it to the finals of the European
Green Capital competition. Next week, the city will present the
Green Capital specific programme to the jury. In addition to
the events of the winning year, Tallinn wishes to contribute to
the propagation of the 2021 European Green Capital model
pre-programme and the successor programme in 2023.
18 cities applied for the title of European Green Capital
2022 in total. Dijon, Grenoble and Turin made it to the finals
alongside Tallinn. The international jury will select the
winner of the 2022 title on 8 October.
The purpose of the Green Capital initiative, which
originates from Tallinn, is to improve the living environments
of European cities and to acknowledge the cities’ efforts in
improving the environment and the quality of life. The European
Commission will give the title to the city that has improved
the city environment, and is planning to change it as a whole
through different activities.