Strasbourg, 23.06.2011 – The President of the Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Local and Regional Affairs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Dimitrios Papadimoulis (Greece, UEL), and the Chairman of the Sub-Committee on the Europe Prize, Axel Fischer (Germany, EPP/CD), awarded today mayors of 18 prize-winning municipalities with the European Diploma 2011, on the occasion of a ceremony attended by some 100 participants.
MM Papadimoulis and Fischer welcomed the enthusiasm shown by the European local authorities that took part in the ceremony: 15 mayors from several European countries travelled to Strasbourg.
The Diploma not only acknowledges the work done at European level by the prize-winning municipalities, but also serves as an incentive to develop it further through contacts with twin towns and other European partners.
The prize-winners are:
France Langeais (Indre-et-Loire)
Le Vésinet (Yvelines)
Germany Bergen auf Rügen (Mecklenburg-West.Pomerania)
Göttingen (Lower Saxony)
Italy Cervia (Province of Ravenna)
Poland Jabłonka (woj. Małopolskie)
Korfantów (woj. Opolskie)
Puławy (woj. Lubelskie)
Sopot (woj. Pomorskie)
Sulęcin (woj. Lubuskie)
The European Diploma was first presented by the Parliamentary Assembly in 1988. It rewards the efforts of municipalities which may then also be awarded the Flag of Honour, the Plaque of Honour and the Europe Prize (awarded in 2011 to the German town of Hünfeld and the French town of Landerneau).