EU has formally awarded Ljubljana the title of Europe’s Green Capital 2016 in acknowledgement of its sustainable development for the past ten years. The Slovenian capital celebrated the honour with events throughout the day.“Once white, today green,” Prime Minister Miro Cerar said as he addressed a high-profile ceremony, commending the city’s efforts in managing to achieve the title. “Today when many cities are ever more polluted, Ljubljana is even cleaner and greener, so we are proudly referring to it as Europe’s green capital,” he added.European Commissioner Violeta Bulc highlighted that for years Ljubljana has been assuming the leading role in numerous innovative projects, also in the field of mobility, and that ensuring sustainable development is important for a green city to be a smart city, as well, open to innovation. She stressed the Green Capital title was not the goal but a milestone on the way towards creating conditions for quality living.The Mayor Zoran Janković pointed out that for him the day was that of gratitude and pride. He further accentuated the need for solidarity towards fellow people and future generations in order to leave behind nature preserved in the same state. He also reiterated one of his favourite lines, “For me, Ljubljana is the most beautiful city in the world.”The ceremony, at which some 2000 guests were invited, was broadcast by the public TV station and featured the presentation of various green projects carried out by Ljubljana.