EUROCITIES Awards

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. 
 
Each year, we invite our member cities to submit examples of projects and practices of which they are particularly proud. Entries are submitted in one of three categories, which usually remain the same from year to year but occasionally change to accommodate the theme of the annual conference.
 
With the exception of 2013, the three EUROCITIES awards categories are as follows:
  • 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.

Website: www.eurocities.eu

Institutional profile: https://use.metropolis.org/experts/eurocities-awards

Case studies

51 case studies available.

Refurbishing ‘Los Limoneros’
Award
Malaga, Spain

Refurbishing ‘Los Limoneros’

Los Limoneros is a social housing complex, which thanks to the project has significantly improved its energy rating.

Sharing mobility strategy in Milan
Award
Milan, Italy

Sharing mobility strategy in Milan

A mobility strategy is enabling Milan, which has one of the highest car ownership rates in Europe, rise to its congestion challenge.

Gothenburg’s entrepreneurial hub
Award
Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg’s entrepreneurial hub

Entrepreneurial West Hisingen aims at developing entrepreneurial capacity in a multicultural district with high unemployment and low aspirations.

Edinburgh in Bloom
Award
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh in Bloom

By mobilising support and coordinating action, Edinburgh in Bloom is setting a new standard for conserving and enhancing historic and natural environments in imaginative and sustainable ways.

The Rotterdam Businesscase (De Rotterdamse Zaak)
Award
Rotterdam, Netherlands

The Rotterdam Businesscase (De Rotterdamse Zaak)

De Rotterdamse Zaak is a work-based learning company in which both students and senior entrepreneurs support and consult entrepreneurs in marginal economic areas to improve their economical independence.

The Edinburgh Guarantee
Award
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Edinburgh Guarantee

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.

Optimising charging infrastructure
Award
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Optimising charging infrastructure

Amsterdam uses data from the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles to guide policy decisions that make the network more efficient.

Oslo’s Traffic Agent app - Game to improve road safety
Award
Oslo, Norway

Oslo’s Traffic Agent app - Game to improve road...

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.

City talks on sustainable energy: the silent majority speaks
Award
Utrecht, Netherlands

City talks on sustainable energy: the silent ma...

Utrecht initiated a democratic experiment to share and broaden responsibility for creating an energy plan to help it become climate neutral by 2030.