Ljubljana well promoted with green capital project, official says
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Ljubljana rounded off its one-year stint as the European Green Capital with a ceremony in the central Congress Square on Monday evening. The project reaffirmed Ljubljana's image in Europe and wider and significantly raised citizens' awareness of environmental issues, a Ljubljana deputy mayor said.
I believe, Ljubljanians really know that we are a green capital. I was surprised that they not only know about it, but also embraced various green activities and accepted green changes very well."
"We are concluding a green year, which was extremely challenging, dynamic but also successful," Tjaša Ficko said in her address, standing in for Mayor Zoran Janković, who was absent due to illness. "Ljubljana undoubtedly strengthened its brand in Europe and wider," Ficko said, adding that this had been confirmed at trips abroad, international conferences and other events.
Everyone wants to know how Ljubljana has managed to transform into a green and sustainable city so quickly, she said. Citizens too have embraced the project. "I believe, Ljubljanians really know that we are a green capital. I was surprised that they not only know about it, but also embraced various green activities and accepted green changes very well."
Ficko said that Ljubljana would have carried out several of its green projects even if it had not carried the title of the green capital. "But because of the project, they had a greater effect." Ljubljana will officially hand over the title to Germany's Essen on 21 January, but plans to continue to promote green development. The information office that was located in front of the Town Hall and hosted most of the events, will be moved to the Podutik borough, where it will be used to promote cycling.
In the past year, over 600 events were organised there and attended by more than 32,000 people. More than 220 events were organised by local communities and more than 37,000 children participated in the green projects of schools and kindergartens. The European Commission confers the title of the European Green Capital each year to a city with high environmental standards and ambitious goals.
The first European Green Capital was Stockholm in 2010 and the title has since been conferred on Hamburg, Victoria-Gasteiz, Nantes, Copenhagen and Bristol. Ljubljana became the first green capital from central and SE Europe. It was picked for making the most changes in the right direction in the shortest period.
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