The Bureau considered and approved the following references:
The Bureau decided to observe the second round of these elections. It constituted an ad hoc committee for this purpose composed of 5 members, one representative of each political group, and of the corapporteurs of the monitoring committee.
On the basis of proposals by the ALDE Group, the Bureau nominated Mrs Kristyna Zelienkova (Czech Republic) and Mr Alfred Heer (Switzerland).
The Bureau took note of the revised proposals on the modernisation of the Europe Prize (Appendix).
The Assembly is invited to ratify these Bureau decisions.
At its meeting on 8 July 2016 the Sub-Committee on the Europe Prize considered and approved revised proposals on the modernisation of the Europe Prize, which were approved by the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development at its meeting on 21 September 2016. These proposals aim at enhancing the attractiveness, relevance and visibility of the Europe Prize, while leaving its fundamental principles unchanged. They cover the criteria for awarding the Prize, enhanced relations between the Secretariat and the Association of Towns Awarded the Europe Prize, improved visibility for the Prize and a simplification of the online application system, as well as of the processing of applications by the Secretariat.
The undertakings as regards the events linked to the awards stay the same.Note
Simultaneous awards of more than one distinction to one municipality are excluded.
The on-line application system will be simplified according to the new criteria. In addition, every municipality will have the possibility of adding one paragraph summarising its application, in order to highlight why the municipality believes it should be awarded one of the distinctions. Applications are due on 15 January of every year.
For historical reasons, the Europe Prize is not evenly distributed across Europe, nor as well-known in all 47 Council of Europe member States. With a view to increasing the visibility of the Europe Prize across all countries and regions thereof, the decision is taken to:
1. inform under-represented countries about the Europe Prize, including through contacts with the Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities’ delegations (at parliamentary and Secretariat level);
2. contact different associations of local authorities, in order to enhance co-operation and communication with:
3. intensify co-operation with the Association of Towns Awarded the Europe Prize, which now brings together 76 winning cities and organises a yearly event on a topical subject;Note
4. intensify co-operation with the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, in particular with regard to European Local Democracy Week.
The highest distinction, the Europe Prize, currently comes with a bursary of 10 000 Euros to allow young people from the winning municipality to visit the European institutions in Strasbourg. Subject to the availability of funds, it is proposed to increase this bursary to 20 000 Euros to take into account the higher prices of travel and allow a greater number of young people to benefit.Note