The Association Europeenne pour le Fleurissement et le Paysage (AEFP) – the European Association for Flowers and Landscape is an international, non-profit association founded in 1996 in Brussels. The roots of the Association go more deeply into history since a competition which started between the France and United Kingdom in 1975.
The overall aim of the Association today is the social and cultural development and enhancement of the quality of life of urban dwellers, primarily through landscape development and horticulture.
To support its aims, the Association organises an international competition known as Entente Florale Europe in order to promote a greener and more pleasant environment in European towns and villages and to establish international contacts among the participants.
Through this annual competition public authorities, private and voluntary bodies and individuals, are encourage to co-operate in beautifying their towns and villages by the planting of flowers and shrubs, by the development and maintenance of green spaces and parks and by generally fostering development which is ecologically and environmentally sensitive. In this way the quality of life is improved for both the inhabitants and visitors alike.
Membership is open to all European countries. Participation in the competition of Entente Florale Europe is organised by the national body (or bodies) of each individual country. Under the auspices of those bodies, individual countries are ordinary members of the Association. In 2015 there are 9 ordinary members: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, and Slovenia.
The competition Entente Florale Europe is the principal means through which the AEFP achieves its aims. In the year 2016, eight member countries are participating giving a total of twelve settlements to the competition. An international jury consisting of 8 members carries out an ‘in situ’ assessment of the candidate town/city and village.
The international jury assesses the candidate towns and villages according to criteria based on the following considerations:
The awards based on overall marks achieved, range from bronze, silver or gold plaques
In 2016 two special awards are offered for outstanding achievements in particular areas of the competition: the Chair of the Jury offers a prize for the best Town or Village center, the President of AEFP will give a prize for the best project related to Biodiversity.