The Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, which aims to reward outstanding civil society action in the defence of human rights in Europe and beyond, was launched on 25 March 2013 at a ceremony in Prague (Czech Republic). To be awarded each year by the Assembly, in partnership with the Václav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation, the Prize is open to nominations from any individual, non-governmental organisation or institution working to defend human rights, and will be worth €60 000.
To reward municipalities for their active promotion of the European ideal (twinnings, European events, exchange visits, etc.), the Assembly offers every year four awards: the European Diploma, the Flag of Honour, the Plaque of Honour and the Europe Prize. 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 within Europe for young people from the winning town.
The 60,000-euro annual prize rewards outstanding initiatives which promote the empowerment of women in all their diversity, with a broad remit covering achievements in gender equality or equal access to participation and decision-making, as well as action to encourage inclusive policies and practice. Eligible candidates can be individuals or civil society groups. The prize will be presented during each June part-session of the Parliamentary Assembly.
The Council of Europe Museum Prize has been awarded annually since 1977 to a museum judged to have made a significant contribution to:
- the understanding of European cultural heritage;
- the promotion of respect for human rights and democracy;
- bridging cultures, overcoming social and political borders;
- broadening visitors' knowledge and understanding of contemporary societal issues;
- exploring ideas of democratic citizenship.