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11/25/2019 9:30 AM

Government to get behind Lahti European Green Capital 2021

The Finnish Government decided in its plenary session on 21 November to propose the inclusion of a grant of EUR 3 million towards the City of Lahti’s bid for the 2021 European Green Capital Award (EGCA) competition in the 2020 government budget.
Alatori in Lahti

​Preparations for the EGCA competition have got off to a good start in Lahti. The city has already engaged numerous partners, and securing the backing of the Finnish Government has been a key goal since the beginning.

-"The central government's willingness to provide financial support and be heavily involved in the project shows just how important the competition is both nationally and internationally. Lahti's winning the 2021 European Green Capital Award would benefit the whole country", says Mayor Pekka Timonen.

Every year, the European Commission awards the title of European Green Capital to one European city that has a consistent record of achieving high environmental standards, is committed to ongoing and ambitious goals for further environmental improvement and sustainable development and can act as a role model to inspire other cities and promote best practices to all other European cities.

The City of Lahti is working on a comprehensive regional and international programme to promote its bid for the title, which features a range of events and collaborations. Participating in the competition is an opportunity to contribute towards Finland's climate targets, promote sustainable urban development and showcase the most advanced environmental solutions in Europe.

Further information:
Press release about the Government's decision
Mayor Pekka Timonen, +358 (0)50 337 4386