Strasbourg, 20.08.2013 – A delegation of parliamentarians, led by the Vice-Chairperson of the PACE Sub-Committee on the Europe Prize, Axel Fischer (Germany, EPP/CD), today presented the 2013 Europe prize to the Mayor of the Hungarian town of Tata, József Michl, on the occasion of the Hungarian National Day.
The ceremony was attended by László Surján, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Zsolt Németh, Hungarian State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Bence Rétvári, Hungarian State Secretary at the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice, and Herbert Hofauer, Mayor of Altötting in Germany – joint winner of the 2013 Europe Prize.
This annual prize honours towns and cities for their active promotion of the European ideal, such as twinnings, European events and exchange visits. It consists of a trophy, a medal, a diploma and a scholarship to be spent on a study visit within Europe for young people from the winning town.
Tata is the second Hungarian town, after Szeged, to receive this award since its creation in 1955. The town of Altötting, joint winner in 2013, will receive the Prize on 14 September.