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The European Diversity Month 2022 opening event


Join us on 27 April to meet the winners of the European Capitals of Inclusion and Diversity Awards2023.

74 towns, cities and regions across Europe competed for the Awards in three categories in this second edition.
Find out who wins and learn about the work they are doing to build a Union of equality.

Don’t forget to share on social media during the event #DiversityCapitals.



Hotel Le Plaza, Brussels

Hybrid Event

(UTC+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris
13:00 - 14:00

Registration and welcome coffee

14:00 - 14:10

Start of the Award ceremony - Musical performance

14:10 - 14:15

Welcome by moderator

14:15 - 14:25

Testimony – How cities can make you feel like you belong

14:25 - 15:00

Welcome address & Announcement of the winners of Special award on LGBTIQ equality initiatives

15:00 - 15:35

Speech by representative of Committee of the Regions & Announcement of winners of Award in the category under 50 000 inhabitants

15:35 - 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 - 16:35

Speech by Helena Dalli, Commissioner for Equality & Announcement of winners of Award in the category over 50 000 inhabitants

  • Opening of the online voting for public vote winner
  • Musical performance
16:45 - 16:55

Speech by Ana Gallego, Director-General, DG Justice and Consumers, European Commission & Announcement of the public vote winner

16:55 - 17:00

Closing by the moderator

17:00 - 19:00


Background information


The Award sets out to recognize and highlight best practices in diversity and inclusion that can then go on to become a source of inspiration to other places in Europe and help build more diverse and inclusive environments for citizens.

It rewards local authorities pursuing best practices that promote diversity as a source of richness and innovation, contribute to inclusive policies and foster a feeling of belonging amongst citizens.

The Award will recognise three towns, cities or regions in two categories:

  • local authorities with less than 50 000 inhabitants;
  • local authorities with more than 50 000 inhabitants.

There is also a special Award for local authorities promoting LGBTIQ equality with three winners.


Prominent representatives of EU institutions will reveal the Award winners live and we’ll hear from the Mayor of each winning local authority.

The audience will get the chance to have their say by voting for the ‘public vote winner’ towards the end of the ceremony.

More on the Award


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