Award ceremony on October 11th, 2020 – announcement of the winners on June 30th
The non-partisan initiative Tu was für Europa (Do something for Europe) calls on all cities and municipalities with less than 50,000 inhabitants in Germany to apply for the Colours of Europe Award 2020. On June 30th, 2020 three cities / communities will be announced as winners and on October 11th, 2020 they will be ceremonially awarded in the Metropol Theatre in Berlin.
In addition, there is a special category “Civil Society Engagement” in which a non-profit organization is awarded for its local commitment to Europe. For more information on the special category “Civil Society Engagement” click here.
We are looking for projects and ideas that inspire imitation
The winning municipal projects – or individual aspects, concepts or ideas of them – should have the potential to inspire other municipalities to make an outstanding commitment to Europe in a special way. The Colours of Europe Award is thus not only intended to honour the winners and bring them into the nationwide focus, but also to initiate attractive commitment to Europe in other parts of the country.
An individual European flag as a trophy and 5,000 euros prize money each
Tu was für Europa advocates a “colourful” Europe, which is symbolized by the variety of colours, the Colours of Europe. This is symbolized by the award trophy, a European flag individually designed in colour, which will be presented to the winners on October 11th, 2020. Each of the four prize winners (three cities / municipalities / one non-profit organization) will receive an additional prize money of 5,000 euros.
The objective of the Colours of Europe Award is to find the best ideas that bring Europe to life on the spot and encourage people to imitate it. The aim is to reward exceptional commitment and at the same time to create a network of local authorities who wish to share their experience and expertise with other regions all over Germany.
As part of the Colours of Europe Network, the winning municipalities will receive an invitation to a network workshop with internationally renowned experts from the fields of marketing, politics and communication on the day before the award ceremony in Berlin.
Using the special potential of smaller cities
The prize is not aimed at large cities and metropolitan areas, but deliberately at smaller communities and cities with up to 50,000 inhabitants, which often lack the opportunities for large supra-regional campaigns. Especially in smaller cities and municipalities exemplary European commitment takes place, which deserves supraregional publicity and has the potential to inspire and motivate others. The Colours of Europe Award is intended to pay special tribute to this commitment.
The jury, chaired by Prof. Monika Grütters, Minister of State in the Federal Chancellery and Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media, consists of SPIEGEL journalist and author Nils Minkmar, Bundesliga football professional Neven Subotic, the Mayor of Chemnitz Barbara Ludwig, the Chairwoman of the Federal Association for City Marketing Bernadette Spinnen and the Managing Director of Scholz & Friends Agenda Stefan Wegner.
The jury freely evaluates the overall picture of the projects in terms of promoting the European idea, particularly with regard to their exemplary nature.
|February 26th, 2020||Start of application|
|May 31th, 2020 |
Deadline for applications
|June 30th, 2020|
Announcement of the winners
|October, 2020 ||Concept & Networking Workshop|
|October 11th, 2020 ||Award ceremony in Berlin|