Four Polish cities qualify for European Green Capital title

In the past, the southern Polish city of Kraków had also qualified for the European Green Capital Award 2022 title, placing fifth. Łukasz Gągulski/PAP

The Polish cities of Gdańsk, Kraków, Rzeszów and Warsaw are among a group of 16 cities which have qualified for the European Green Capital Award 2023.

The title rewards cities which consistently achieve high environmental standards and are committed to further improvement and sustainability.

Also qualifying for the title are the cities of Belgrade, Cagliari, Dublin, Gaziantep, Helsingborg, Izmir, Koszyce, Logrono, Skopje, Sofia, Tallinn and Zagreb.

The cities will be assessed by independent experts in twelve categories including water quality, sewage management, city energy balance, urban transport, public space management, green development and noise.

The finalists will be announced in April.

In the past, the southern Polish city of Kraków had also qualified for the European Green Capital Award 2022 title, placing fifth. Although its chances of winning then were slim, it obtained high scores in several categories, and took the top spot, among the 18 cities in the competition, for water quality. In the categories of management and sustainable development of public space, it came in second.

The title of the European Green Capital is awarded to cities with populations above 100,000, two years in advance of the award year (in 2020 for 2022, in 2021 for 2023).

The winner of the competition will receive EUR 600,000, and the finalists will get EUR 200,000, which they can spend on projects related to sustainable development.