Barcelona wins Mayors Challenge


EUROCITIES members Barcelona, Warsaw and Athens were all recognised in the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge.

EUROCITIES member Barcelona has won the grand prize of €5 million in the 2013-2014 Mayors Challenge, an initiative of the former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg. Athens, Stockholm and Warsaw, also EUROCITIES members, and the metropolitan area of Kirklees in the UK, won €1 million each as runners up.

Top prize winner Barcelona was recognised for its project to improve the quality of life for elderly residents by building a tailored support network made up of family, friends, social workers and volunteers.

The Mayors Challenge is currently in its second edition, with the first (2012-2013) focusing on US cities. Offering a total of €9 million in prize money to help city mayors tackle pressing urban challenges, this European edition of the competition drew in entries from over 150 cities in 28 European countries. The winners were taken from a shortlist of 21 finalists, of which 16 were EUROCITIES members.

EUROCITIES is a partner in the Mayors Challenge, helping to promote the competition amongst out members. 

Find out more about the Mayors Challenge and the shortlisted projects here

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