Today, September 9, Tallinn received a high recognition from the European Commission - the title European Green Capital 2023. The winner of the competition was announced in Lahti, Finland – the current bearer of the title.
Among the strengths of Tallinn, the jury pointed out its
holistic approach, free public transport, brownfield
reconversion and green ambassadorship.
According to the Mayor of Tallinn, Mihhail Kõlvart, it
is a great pleasure to receive such a high recognition. "I
thank the jury for this honour and the great responsibility
that comes with the title of European Green Capital.
Participation in the competition has allowed us to better
formulate our efforts, create cooperation networks and adopt
strategies. But our incentive is not just titles and
directives, but, above all, people. For us, a green capital
means that Tallinn is inviting, comfortable, and clean - a city
of the future,” said the mayor and added that a lot of work is
still ahead. "I would like to thank my team and all colleagues
who have dedicated and contributed to their work on behalf of
green Tallinn over the past years."
In his speech, the mayor reminded that the idea of a green
capital was born 15 years ago in Tallinn, and presented to the
European Commissioner a historical souvenir celebrating that
day - a bronze oak leaf.
Tallinn reached the final of the prestigious competition
together with Helsingborg, Sweden; Krakow, Poland; and Sofia,
Bulgaria. A total of 16 cities applied for the title of
European Green Capital.
You can read about Tallinn's journey to the European Green
Capital 2023 and its activities for a greener urban environment
on the Green