What is EU Green Week?
EU Green Week is your annual opportunity to debate and discuss European environmental policy. Organised by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Environment, this key event in the environment policy calendar attracts policymakers, leading environmentalists, stakeholders, and other interested parties from across Europe and the globe.
EU Green Week 2018 will take place from 21 to 25 May with the theme of 'Green Cities for a Greener Future'. It will be all about making Europe's cities greener. It will explore ways in which the EU is helping cities to become better places to live and work. It will showcase policy developments, promote participatory approaches to urban development, networking schemes, and tools for sharing best practices, engaging local authorities and citizens, and encouraging them to share their vision of a sustainable future. Our message is that everyone has a voice, everyone has a role to play, and everyone can benefit.
In Brussels, at the EU Green Week conference, the debates will cover three main strands.
- Quality of life: includes issues like nature/biodiversity, green infrastructure, air quality, mobility, noise, water (in particular drinking water), and links to health.
- Circular economy: covers issues such as waste, recycling, energy solutions, construction, business opportunities/SMEs, investments, and access to EU funds.
- Governance: puts the spotlight on issues like community engagement and participatory approaches to urban planning, exchanges of best practices through schemes like the European Green Capitals Award, measuring and monitoring progress.
In addition to a high level conference in Brussels, the programme will also feature a series of partner events and actions taking place across Europe. As well as being invited to take part in person, stakeholders and the general public are encouraged to become 'virtually' involved by participating in a wide range of on-line and social media activities.
What is a Partner Event?
An EU Green Week Partner Event is an event taking place in the month around the actual Green Week, so from 21 April until 10 June 2018, and where the topic of the event is based on the EU Green Week 2018 theme. Partner Events can be organised as new initiatives or as part of already planned events.
All kinds of events are welcome, from workshops and public discussions to awareness-raising events for families. Activities can take place at all levels (local, regional, national or European level). Listed below are most typical examples, although other types of events can also be considered:
- Information, education or awareness-raising events;
- Open Doors Days, Info Days;
- Guided tours and visits;
- Seminars, workshops and conferences;
- Training and networking events;
- Exhibitions and fairs, festivals;
- Online events, such as webinars.
The Partner Events will be selected from eligible applications that must be submitted before the deadline, which is 28 February 2018.
When should Partner Events take place?
Events should be held from 21 April until 10 June 2018. Any events that will take place at the same time as Green Week, i.e. from Monday 21 May to Friday 25 May, are particularly welcome and could be further highlighted if they are particularly relevant.
Partner Events taking place during EU Green Week
If your event takes places during EU Green Week 21 to 25 May, then it may be selected and given more visibility by being more prominently highlighted on the EU Green Week website and in social media.
Who can be involved?
Any organisation can take part, such as municipal authorities, authorities in charge of the environment, businesses, associations, private companies, NGOs, research institutes, universities and technical colleges, media, groups of citizens, stakeholders in other sectors (transport, water, air quality, tourism, education, agriculture, sustainable businesses), and so on.
What is the added value to your organisation?
- If selected, your event will be listed on the EU Green Week 2018 website. A small number of the most relevant events will be promoted on social media.
- You will be authorised to claim your event as officially part of EU Green Week 2018 and to use the official Green Week branding (with the help of a specific toolkit which will be provided).
- You will be provided with Green Week promotional materials, if relevant to your event.
- Certain specific Green Week Partner Events that take place during the actual Green Week dates, and that fit the theme particularly well, will be more visibly featured online in the Green Week programme and will be highlighted through the Green Week social media channels.
Taking part in EU Green Week is a great way to show how your organisation is playing an active role in Europe's transition to a greener future. Why not join this EU-wide movement?
How to register your Partner Event
Please fill in the Partner Event registration form and submit it online for approval by the Green Week Secretariat. If your application is approved, you will receive confirmation and your event will then be published on the Green Week website. You will need to provide relevant items such as a programme, a website link, photos (if possible before but more especially after the event) and so on. You may submit more than one Partner Event application.
Conditions of participation
Successful applicants for Partner Events will be informed by 17 March 2018. A specific Partner Associate Agreement will be counter-signed by the European Commission and the event partners. Each Partner Event must agree to use the Green Week visual identity for 2018, incorporating the Green Week design into their branding and website.
Partner Events are encouraged to use environment-friendly materials for their event, in accordance with the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) http://ec.europa.eu/environment/emas/
Frequently asked questions
1. Are there any restrictions in taking part?
Your event has to reflect the theme of Green Week 'Green Cities for a Greener Future' and must be held during the dates mentioned above, i.e. between 21 April and 10 June 2018. If there is no link to the theme, the application will be considered as not eligible.
2. Are there any subsidies available?
No. However, the European Commission will provide assistance by promoting events on their website and on social media and by providing partner events with the official Green Week branding (with the help of a specific toolkit).
For more information:
Go to the Green Week website: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/greenweek/
Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org