On Tuesday, in a press release, the City of Dijon announced that the European Commission had validated its application for the “European Green Capital 2022” competition. Of the eighteen cities selected, three are French: Lyon, Grenoble (Isère) and Dijon. The cities of Turin (Italy), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Budapest (Hungary) are also in the running to win the title.
Independent experts will now begin a technical evaluation of each application to select the finalist cities. Several environmental indicators will be studied: adaptation to climate change, sustainable urban mobility, air, water, energy quality, etc.
The finalists of the competition will be announced in spring 2020 and the winner will be announced in June in Lisbon (Portugal), the current European green capital 2020. For the record, Dijon had already participated in this competition in 2018: the city had finished fourth among the nine big European cities finalists.