Wrocław will not be the 2019 European Green Capital after the city failed to make it to through to the next round of the bidding process.
The cities that have progressed to the next stage are Ghent, Lahti, Lisbon, Oslo and Tallinn.
The European Green Capital programme has been in existence since 2010. The likes of Stockholm, Hamburg, Nantes, Copenhagen, Bristol, and Ljubljana have all held the title.
When Wrocław announced its intention to compete for the title of 2019 European Green Capital last year, President Rafal Dutkiewicz said the following about the city's bid:
"By submitting an application, we are saying to Europe that we will take care of our clean air and water, maintain access to green areas and take a lead on major issues such as climate change and biodiversity loss."
In response to news that Wrocław's bid had failed, Dutkiewicz stressed the city's desire to apply again, as well as his willingness to improve Wrocław's air quality and access to green spaces.
Had Wrocław earned the title of European Green Capital, they would have had access to EU funding for public transport infrastructure, ecological projects and the construction of green spaces.