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The Europe Prize: an important medium for improving relations between all citizens of Europe

06/05/2011 | Prizes

“In establishing the Europe Prize in 1955, the aim of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe was to demonstrate, through a political decision, the importance it attaches to the European action of local authorities,” said PACE President Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, speaking today in Ankara, on the occasion of the General Assembly of the Association of Towns awarded the Europe Prize.

Landerneau (France) and Hünfeld (Germany) win the 2011 Europe Prize

14/04/2011 | Prizes

The 2011 Europe Prize has been awarded jointly to the towns of Landerneau (France) and Hünfeld (Germany). This decision was taken unanimously by the Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Local and Regional Affairs of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) at its April plenary session in Strasbourg.

PACE’s 2011 Human Rights Prize awarded to the Russian NGO 'Committee against Torture'

11/04/2011 | Prizes

PACE today decided to award its 2011 Human Rights Prize to the Russian NGO “Committee against Torture” (Komitet Protiv Pytok), in recognition of the organisation’s key role in assisting victims of serious human rights abuses. This is the second time the 10,000-euro biennial Prize, which honours “outstanding civil society action in the defence of human rights in Europe”, has been awarded.

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.