Winning the Europe Prize, step by step
First step: the European Diploma
The diploma takes the form of a parchment bearing the name of the town and the date on which it was awarded. It is handed over to the mayors of the award-winning towns at an official ceremony held at the Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg in late June every year.
Several diplomas are awarded each year.
Second step: the Flag of Honour
This award – a flag, embroidered and fringed with gold – is the most popular. A member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe presents the flag to the winning town at a ceremony that is open to a wide audience.
Up to 15 flags are awarded each year.
Third step: the Plaque of Honour
The Plaque of Honour represents the mythical seduction of Europa and the twelve stars of Europe. It is handed over to the winning towns by a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe at a ceremony to which the local population is invited.
Eight to ten plaques are awarded each year.
Final step: The Europe Prize
The Europe Prize, which consists of a trophy, a bronze medal, a commemorative parchment and a scholarship to fund European study visits for young people in the winning municipality, is the highest of the four awards. It was set up in 1955 and recognises outstanding efforts in promoting European unity. The Prize is awarded during a “Europe Day” held by the prize-winning town.
To date, over 70 towns have won the Europe Prize. One or two towns each year are awarded the Prize.