Opatija and Skradinski Buk Win Awards in Europe in Bloom Competition

ZAGREB, 16.9.2006.

The Croatian coastal city of Opatija won a Silver Flower of Europe award in the category of towns and cities and the Skradinski Buk village a bronze medal in the category of villages at the Entente Florale (Europe in Bloom) competition.

The award giving ceremony, organized by the European association for flowers and environment (whose acronym is AEFP in French) was held on Friday evening in Bad Saeckingen, Germany, under the auspices of the European Union.

The Entente Florale competition judges European cities and towns against strict criteria in relation to their floral displays, environmental management and management of parks and green spaces. The competition also takes into account initiatives that directly impact on environmental sustainability, regeneration, education and training, and neighborhood renewal. 

Entente Florale has been running for more than 25 years.

This year's competition covered over 5,800 entrants from 12 European countries.