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European Green Capital 2012

Vitoria-Gasteiz has been appointed European Green Capital 2012. A triumph that has required an effort spanning three decades and that is based on the environmental policies developed over the years and the commitment of a citizenry that has become an example for the entire European Community in relation to recycling, mobility or water consumption.

The European Commission wishes to recognise the efforts of European cities to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life for their citizens while, at the same time, reducing the pressure on the global environment. The European Green Capital Award was created with this in view.

In 2008 the European Commission called this award for the first time. The winners were Stockholm (Sweden), in 2010, and Hamburg (Germany), in 2011.

In 2010 the second edition was called to select the cities that would become the capitals in 2012 and 2013. Vitoria-Gasteiz has won the title for 2012, and the French city of Nantes for 2013.


Vitoria-Gasteiz has been appointed European Green Capital thanks to its ambitious plans to combat climate change, its air quality, its Green Belt, its water consumption, waste management, energy efficiency, sustainable town development, its parks and gardens, cycling lanes or its modern public transport system. But above all, thanks to the people who live in Vitoria-Gasteiz, whose commitment and enthusiasm make Vitoria-Gasteiz a city that is green outside and green inside.

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