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The Europe Prize

The Europe Prize Sub-Committee awards twenty-six distinctions

The Sub-Committee on the Europe Prize decided on 19 May 2020 to award 8 Plaques of Honour (to municipalities in France, Germany, Italy, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine), 6 Flags of Honour (to municipalities in Germany, Poland, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine) and 12 European Diplomas (to municipalities in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine), distinctions which are all part of the Europe Prize.

The decision on the winning city of the Europe Prize will be taken in the summer. The six cities shortlisted for the 2020 Europe Prize are Amilly (France), Bamberg and Münster (Germany), Birštonas (Lithuania), Bolesławiec and Sopot (Poland).

Created by PACE in 1955, the Europe Prize is the highest distinction that can be bestowed on a European town for its actions in the European domain. The prize consists of a trophy, a medal, a diploma and a scholarship to be spent on a study visit to European institutions for young people from the winning town.

The Sub-Committee also awards Plaques of Honour, Flags of Honour and European Diplomas – awards which also form part of the Europe Prize.

Deadline

Completed questionnaire to be submitted by 15 January 2021.

Apply on-line to become the next prize winner!

Please note that there is only one method to submit one's application: the on-line form. Unfortunately, applications submitted by other means cannot be accepted.

Apply HERE

Guidelines:

English

Deutsch

Who may apply?

Any municipality in any of the Council of Europe 47 member States.

Validity of the application

Several years, but municipalities should provide the Secretariat with an update on their European activities.

How to apply for a higher award?

For each distinction the online form must be used. Please submit a report of the previous year's European activities, with press articles, to the Secretariat.

Selection

The Europe Prize Sub-Committee (composed of members of the Parliamentary Assembly) examines applications for all 4 distinctions at the end of April and submits its choice to the Parliamentary Assembly's Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development for approval. Winning municipalities are informed by post and/or e-mail. Confirmation and suggestions for organizing the ceremony follow by post.

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PAST Winners

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List of winners of the Europe Prize since 1955

 

Press releases from previous years

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Distinctions from previous years

2019  2018  2017  2016  2015  2014  2013  2012  2011  2010  2009  2008  2007  2006  2005  2004

 

European diploma presentation ceremony photo galleries (French only)

28 June 2018

Further information on the Europe Prize

Created by the Parliamentary Assembly in 1955, the Europe Prize is the highest distinction that can be bestowed on a European town for its actions in the European domain. 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 municipality.

It rewards municipalities for their active promotion of the European ideal (twinnings, European events, exchange visits, etc.), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe offers every year four awards: the European Diploma, the Flag of Honour, the Plaque of Honour and the Europe Prize.

The Europe Prize award system

The awarding of the various prize levels is progressive. Following the entry level European Diploma, applicant municipalities should subsequently apply for the Flag of Honour then the Plaque of Honour in order to compete at the highest level: the Europe Prize.

 

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