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Kharkiv’s ‘spirit of openness’ praised during award ceremony

23/08/2010 | Prizes

PACE President Mevlüt Çavusoglu has praised the “spirit of openness” shown by the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv during a ceremony to award the 2010 Europe Prize to the city. Presenting the prize to Kharkiv’s Mayor today at the head of a PACE delegation, the President said the judges were impressed by the number and depth of friendly ties the city had built up – including 17 twinnings with towns across the world – enabling large sections of the population to enjoy enriching international experiences. It is the first time a Ukrainian town has won the 55-year-old prize.

Kharkiv in Ukraine to receive 2010 Europe Prize during ceremony

19/08/2010 | Prizes

A parliamentary delegation led by PACE President, Mevlüt Çavusoglu, and the Chairman of the PACE Sub-Committee on the Europe Prize, Axel Fischer (Germany, EPP/CD), will present the 2010 Europe Prize to Kharkiv’s Mayor, Gennadiy Kernes (Ukraine), at a ceremony on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 August. Kharkiv is the first Ukrainian town to receive this honour and the 66th winning town since the prize was created in 1955.

Council of Europe European Diplomas: 18 municipalities on the 2010 honours list

23/06/2010 | Prizes

The President of the Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Local and Regional Affairs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Aleksei Lotman (Estonia, UEL), and the Chairman of the Sub-Committee on the Europe Prize, Axel Fischer (Germany, EPP/CD), today awarded mayors of 18 prize-winning municipalities with the European Diploma 2010, on the occasion of a ceremony attended by about 80 people. MM Lotman and Fischer welcomed the enthusiasm shown by the European local authorities by taking part in the ceremony.

Portimão Museum, Portugal, honoured in Strasbourg ceremony

28/04/2010 | Prizes

PACE President Mevlüt Çavusoglu, the member of the Museum Prize judging panel, Virgil Stefan Nitulescu, and the Deputy Mayor of Strasbourg responsible for cultural policy, Daniel Payot, have awarded the 2010 Museum Prize to the Portimão Museum (Portugal), represented by the museum director, José Gameiro, and the Municipal Councillor in charge of cultural affairs in Portimão, Isabel Bica. The ceremony was held in the Palais des Rohan in Strasbourg.

Portimão Museum wins 2010 Council of Europe Museum Prize

08/12/2009 | Prizes

The Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2010 has been awarded to the Portimão Museum in Algarve in Portugal. The committee's decision was motivated by the success story of the museum, the relevance of its theme and the extent of its educational programme to the benefit of the local community. The Portimão Museum housed in a former sardine canning factory on the estuary of the Arade River has successfully restored the industrial/historical heritage of the Portimão area.

Ankara receives 2009 Europe Prize during ceremony

08/10/2009 | Prizes

The Turkish town of Ankara will receive the 2009 Europe Prize in a ceremony which will be held on Saturday 10 October. A large delegation of parliamentarians, led by PACE President Lluís Maria de Puig and the Chair of PACE’s Environment Committee Alan Meale (United Kingdom, SOC), will present the prize to Ankara’s Mayor Melih Gökçek in presence of the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and a large number of personalities and invited guests.

Council of Europe European Diplomas: 18 municipalities on the 2009 honours list

24/06/2009 | Prizes

PACE President Lluís Maria de Puig today awarded mayors of 18 prize-winning municipalities with the European Diploma 2009, on the occasion of a ceremony attended by about 100 people. 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.

Council of Europe European Diplomas: 18 municipalities on the 2009 honours list

22/06/2009 | Prizes

PACE President Lluís Maria de Puig is to award mayors of 18 prize-winning municipalities with the European Diploma 2009, on the occasion of a ceremony which will take place on Wednesday 24 June 2009 at 3.30 pm in the Palais de l'Europe (Room 5). 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.

Ankara wins the 2009 Europe Prize

29/04/2009 | Prizes

The 2009 Europe Prize has been awarded to the Turkish town of Ankara. The decision was taken unanimously by PACE Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Local and Regional Affairs meeting today in Strasbourg. Through its forty twinnings in the world, Ankara has developed a very dense network of international contacts and attaches great importance to the development of cultural relations by organising every year Cultural Days. And thanks to its international conferences (such as the 5th Glocal Forum) it has contributed to strengthening friendship and understanding among people.

PACE Human Rights Prize to be awarded to British Irish Rights Watch for ‘outstanding’ action to defend...

13/03/2009 | Prizes

British Irish Rights Watch has been selected as the winner of the first ever PACE Human Rights Prize, which honours “outstanding civil society action in the defence of human rights in Europe”. The independent non-governmental organisation – which has been monitoring the human rights dimension of the conflict in Northern Ireland, and latterly the peace process, since 1990 – was unanimously selected from among fourteen individuals and NGOs nominated for the prize by a distinguished panel including leading figures from the world of human rights.

PACE Human Rights Prize: 20 days left to submit nominations

12/12/2008 | Prizes

Nominations for PACE's annual Human Rights Prize, which will reward "outstanding civil society action in the defence of human rights in Europe", should be submitted by 31 December 2008 at the latest. Individuals and NGOs can be nominated for the prize, which will be selected by a seven-member panel from nominations put forward by at least five sponsors.

Zeeuws Museum in the Netherlands wins 2009 Council of Europe Museum Prize

09/12/2008 | Prizes

The Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2009 has been awarded to the Zeeuws Museum in Middelburg in the Netherlands. The museum, housed in a twelfth century abbey, presents regional collections in unexpected visual and sensory contexts. Zeeuws is a regional language spoken in the Dutch province of Zeeland. The museum’s focus on “excitement, liveliness, interaction” and its appeal to a younger audience were particularly appreciated.