EUROCITIES is the network of major European cities. Our members are the elected local and municipal governments of major European cities. EUROCITIES was founded in 1986 by the mayors of six large cities: Barcelona, Birmingham, Frankfurt, Lyon, Milan and Rotterdam.
EUROCITIES awards showcase outstanding achievements by our member cities in the delivery of local activities or practices which improve the quality of life for citizens. The theme of the awards changes every year in line with the EUROCITIES annual conference.
- innovation: innovation in the planning and implementation of activities or practices by a local authority
- participation: activities or practices of a local authority which are successful in actively promoting citizen participation
- cooperation: awarding cooperation efforts undertaken by a local authority together with partner organisations
The EUROCITIES awards have been running since 2006. Past examples of winning projects include a project encouraging citizens to become successful community leaders in Bristol; a cultural network designed to improve quality of life for elderly citizens in Espoo; and the renewal of an old industrial island in Bydgoszcz to become a centre of culture, leisure and entrepreneurship.
Many of these projects have gone on to achieve further success at national and European level.
Each shortlisted award entry is required to submit a short video of its project. You can browse the shortlisted entries and winners using the awards menu on the EUROCITIES website: www.eurocities.eu
expertise & interestsEastern Europe (/w European part of Russia) Northern Europe (Scandinavia) Western Europe Barrier-free city Biodiversity Children and Youth Circular economy Citizen engagement Climate adaptation Climate mitigation Cultural vibrance Economic development Education and training Elderly people Employment Energy Environmental protection Food sustainability Gender equality Governance Health and wellbeing Heritage Housing Inclusion and equity Migration and refugees Mobility and transport Smart city and technology Tourism Urban design Urban development and infrastructures Urban renewal Waste management Almere, Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands Antwerp, Belgium Athens, Greece Berlin, Germany Birmingham, United Kingdom Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom Brussels Capital Region, Belgium Dortmund, Germany Edinburgh, United Kingdom European Metropolis of Lille, France Gijon, Spain Glasgow, United Kingdom Gothenburg, Sweden Greater Helsinki, Finland Leeds, United Kingdom Liverpool, United Kingdom Malaga, Spain Milan, Italy Munich, Germany Nice, France Oslo, Norway Rotterdam, Netherlands Tampere, Finland The Hague, Netherlands Utrecht, Netherlands Vilnius, Lithuania Zaragoza, Spain
case studies from EUROCITIES Awards
Tampere supports actions to make its heritage housing more energy efficient while assisting young people to gain the technical skills needed to carry out these works.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Edinburgh has inspired cultural change across the public, private and third sectors to address unemployment among school leavers. A shared vision and strong partnerships are helping them find a job, modern apprenticeship or training, and make successful transitions into the world of work.
Oslo has turned to mobile technology to tackle traffic security issues affecting parents’ willingness to let their children walk to school. Its pioneering app, ‘The Traffic Agent’, provides child’s eye feedback to enable improved road maintenance and infrastructure planning.
Utrecht initiated a democratic experiment to share and broaden responsibility for creating an energy plan to help it become climate neutral by 2030.
Through two successive calls for tenders, De Verkeersonderneming looked for providers of mobility services that could provide peak traffic avoidance in the Rotterdam region.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Edinburgh's municipal bus company, Lothian Buses, is going a long way to combat this image with ‘Auld but not Reekie’, an initiative that by the end of 2014 will see 65 hybrid buses in service and 45 buses retrofitted with low emissions exhausts.
With 60% of emissions in Oslo coming from the transport sector, encouraging people to use electric vehicles (EVs) has the potential to make a real difference. In 2008, Oslo adopted a ten-point plan to reduce CO2 emissions, to which the large scale introduction of EVs plays a big part.
The Hague, Netherlands
The Hague is harnessing the commitment, time and skills of citizens to help achieve its goal of becoming climate neutral by 2040. Practical support and grants for cooperative action at grassroots level are turning good ideas into reality across the city.
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
BEACH (Brighton & Hove Employability Advice and Careers Hut) is a website that was developed to improve young people’s employment chances. It offers employability advice specifically relating to the local situation and was designed for young people, by young people
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Young startup businesses benefit from tailored support and being part of a community. That’s what makes Birmingham’s ‘Entrepreneurs for the Future’ (e4f) programme stand out: it offers bespoke support and the chance to join a network of like-minded startups.
Greater Helsinki, Finland
In 2010, the cities of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area began sharing public data for anyone to use freely. These open datasets, available through a web platform (www.hri.fi), make it possible for citizens to develop applications and follow public decision making.
A co-working space where a community of some 200 entrepreneurs, freelancers and creative professionals each dedicate four hours of their time every month in return for support with launching their projects. The principle is an exchange of services, ideas and knowledge through a ‘bank time’ approach.
The City of Amsterdam has embarked on a project to make democracy more dynamic and interactive by developing a digital participatory platform to engage with residents.
Gijon City Council in Spain has responded to the need for greater efficiency, transparency and participatory democracy by implementing a digital platform enabling residents to share responsibility for governing and managing the city.
The city of Munich has taken its ambitious waste reduction strategy to the next level by developing an innovative reuse lab and shop concept.
Brussels Capital Region, Belgium
The circular economy is providing an innovative and sustainable way for the Brussels-Capital Region to address environmental, social and economic challenges.