We are happy to announce that Commissioner Dalli launched the third edition of the European Capitals ofinclusion and Diversity Award on 6 December 2023. This award is one of the deliverables of the EU anti-racism action plan and LGBTIQ Equality Strategy 2020-2025 and it shows how action at all levels is essential if we want to turn the tide and build a Union of Equality.
The award sets out to recognize, give visibility, and to highlight best practices that can be a source of inspiration for other European cities in creating more diverse and inclusive environments for their citizens. It aims to award best practices that promote diversity as a source of richness and innovation, contribute to inclusive policies and fostering a feeling of belonging of its citizens.
The Award will recognise three cities in two categories:
- local authorities with less than 50 000 inhabitants
- local authorities with more than 50 000 inhabitants
In 2024, a Specific Award for local authorities enabling safe towns, cities and regions for women in all their diversity1, by addressing violence against women will also be handed out. There will be three winners in this category (the number of inhabitants is not a factor for this award).
The Award is open to all local authorities, including towns, cities and regions of the EU Member States. Best practices covering all grounds ofdiscrimination under article 19 of TFEU and their intersectionality are eligible.
The award ceremony and the opening event of the EU Diversity Month will take place on 25 April 2024. The award ceremony will be organised together with the EU Diversity Month launch event, since the award is closely linked to the already existing actions of the European Commission in promoting diversity andinclusion.
Website dedicated to the EU Diversity initiatives in 2024 is available in all official EU languages – it includes a link to the application form for the Award competition and will include visuals designed for the European Capitals ofinclusion and Diversity Award.
Contact : JUST-CITY-AWARDS@ec.europa.eu
Published on 07 December 2023