The European Capitals of Inclusion and Diversity Award is open to all local authorities in the EU who are building fairer societies by promoting diversity and inclusion in terms of:
This means your town, city, or region could get the recognition it deserves for building an environment that allows everyone to feel safe and fulfil their potential.
There are two main categories:
A special Award will also be given for LGBTIQ equality initiatives. You can submit your application in any EU official language.
Applications closed 15 February 2023 12:00 CET. Thank you to all those who applied. Find out the winners at the Award ceremony on 27 April 2023.
The Award is about more than recognition. Our winners will inspire other towns or cities by sharing best practices and winning policies. This will take us all a step further to a Union of Equality and a more equal society.
“The European Capitals of Inclusion and Diversity Award gives recognition and visibility to the outstanding work of local authorities that can become an inspiration to others. Cities and local communities play a key role in the promotion of diversity and inclusion by creating safe, welcoming and hospitable places for residents to live and thrive in. By building inclusive communities – at town, city and regional levels – we can build a true Union of Equality in Europe.”
Helena Dalli, Commissioner for Equality © European Commission
The concept of the Award has been prepared in consultation with colleagues from across the European Commission including those in the Directorates-General for Justice and Consumers, Regional and Urban Policy, Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Environment and the Secretariat-General. We have also worked with the Committee of the Regions.
Organisations outside the European institutions have also supported us: