Rules & eligibility

Eligibility criteria

  1. All full and associate members of EUROCITIES are eligible to submit an entry, except:
    • the conference host city
    • the president and vice-president of EUROCITIES
    • winners of the previous year’s awards

    Associate partners and associate business partners are not eligible.

  2. The submitting body must be a local government authority.
  3. An entry cannot be submitted if the same activity or practice has previously won a EUROCITIES award.
  4. Each city may submit a maximum of one entry per category.
  5. Cities can enter all three categories but can only win a maximum of one category.
  6. Applications must be in English.
  7. Applications must be made by completing the entry form.
  8. Applicants should be aware that all shortlisted entrants will be asked to produce a short film about the activity or practice that will be screened at the awards ceremony.

General evaluation criteria

  1. A clear and positive impact on the everyday life of the city for a minimum of six months before the time of award entry.
  2. Transferability of the concept of the activity or practice internationally between cities.
  3. Initiative taken in the planning and implementation of the activity or practice, independent of regional and national government.
  4. Efficient use of available resources and long-term financial sustainability.
  5. Direct relevance to the theme of the annual conference.
  6. Benefits that are measurable and demonstrated.

Tips for a good entry

    • Stand out.

Concentrate on the specific strengths of your project. Emphasise creative and innovative ideas that stand out from other competitors.

    • Be specific.

Demonstrate the success of your approach with facts and figures. Include media coverage, if available.

    • Be concise.

Your submission should be memorable for the jury. Short, concise and insightful descriptions and a focus on the essentials are keys to success.

    • Be honest.

Tell the jury about the difficulties and challenges you faced while initiating and implementing the project. Don’t hide setbacks and failures, but work them into the description of how you achieved your goals.

    • Use visuals.

An image or figure that captures the essence of your project will make the jury want to know more.