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    European Green Capital: Bristol hands title over to Ljubljana

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    The Handover Ceremony of the European Green Capital Award took place on 9 February 2016 at the Museum of Musical Instruments in Brussels. This is the annual event that marks the transfer of the European Green Capital title from one city to another—this year, Ljubljana takes over the reins from the city of Bristol.

    As the new European Green Capital, Ljubljana will act as ambassador for sustainable urban development, sharing its local, best practices and encouraging other cities across Europe to become greener, healthier and more sustainable. The Handover Ceremony has given a taste of the year ahead: Ljubljana plans to dedicate each month of the year to a different environmental theme. Since 2010, the European Green Capital Award has rewarded cities that show robust commitment to sustainable urban planning. Winning cities are selected on the basis of their achievements and commitment in twelve key areas. Their applications are evaluated by an independent panel of experts, followed by a jury decision.
    The European Green Capital Award shows how cities benefit by pursuing green urban policies; policies that make cities more liveable, attract investment, create new jobs and growth, and raise their standing and appeal as tourist destinations. Ljubljana has been redesigned according to the sustainability principles. Ljubljana has excellently preserved green areas and numerous green angles, even in the city center. The Ljubljana Castle is perched on a green hill above the old town. The picturesque banks of the River Ljubljanica, designed by architect Joze Plecnik, are planted with trees. One of the oldest botanical gardens in Europe is in walking distance. Around the area of Ljubljana you will find four natural reserves. The Slovenian capital has extraordinary 542 m2 of green areas per inhabitant. Ljubljana joined the IRE network last year.

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