Georgios Kaminis, mayor of EUROCITIES member Athens, has been announced as
second runner-up and winner of the World Mayor Commendation for services to
refugees by the organisers of the 2016 World Mayor Project.
First runner-up and winner of the World Mayor Commendation for services to integration is Wolfgang G Müller, mayor of Lahr. The 2016 World Mayor Prize went to Bart Somers, mayor of Mechelen.
Kaminis has been mayor of the Greek capital since January 2011. In October 2016, he initiated the launch of Solidarity Cities, which will consolidate ongoing efforts at local level to receive and integrate refugees and will reinforce these by providing a platform for cities to exchange knowledge and expertise on this highly topical issue. Over a dozen cities, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Leipzig, and Gdansk, have already expressed support for the initiative. Updates on the activities and achievements of EUROCITIES and its members within this new framework are available at www.solidaritycities.eu
Established in 2003, the City Mayors Foundation awards the World Mayor Prize every two years to a mayor who has made outstanding contributions to his or her community and has developed a vision for urban living and working that is relevant to towns and cities across the world. The two runners-up receive World Mayor Commendations for services to cities.