This year, the EUROCITIES awards will relate to the EUROCITIES 2016 Milan conference theme, ‘Sharing cities’, following the three permanent categories: innovation, participation and cooperation.

Follow the EUROCITIES2016 awards here.

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.

To find out more about the awards, including eligibility and criteria, click here


Nicola Vatthauer
Communications director


Hear from previous winners about their experiences below: 

Testimonial from Milan - Innovation award 2015 

Pier Francesco Maran, Milan's deputy mayor for mobility, shares his experience of participating in the EUROCITIES awards. Milan won the innovation award at EUROCITIES 2015 Malmo/Copenhagen with the project 'Fewer cars, more shared spaces, better life quality for all'.


Testimonial from Gothenburg - Cooperation award 2015

Daniela Ölmunger, city of Gothenburg, shares her experience of participating in the EUROCITIES awards.  Gothenburg won the cooperation award at EUROCITIES 2015 Malmo/Copenhagen with the project  'Entrepreneurial Västra Hisingen'.


Testimonial from Edinburgh - Participation award 2015

Anne Campbell, senior European and international officer (external relations, city strategy and economy) at the city of Edinburgh council, shares her experience of participating in the EUROCITIES awards. Last year, Edinburgh won the participation award at EUROCITIES 2015 Malmo/Copenhagen with the project 'Edinburgh in bloom'.