The 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 Roma inclusion. You can submit your application in any EU official language.
Applications closed on 15 February 2022 12:00 CET. Thank you to all those who applied. Find out the winners at the Award ceremony on 28 April 2022.
The Award is about more than recognition. Our winners will inspire other towns or cities by sharing best practices and winning policies. That will take us all a step further to a Union of Equality and a more equal society.
Cities and local communities contribute to fostering a sense of belonging and the sharing of common values. Where diversity is elevated as a priority, it is also a source of richness and innovation. With the Inclusion and Diversity Awards, outstanding work implemented by communities and cities will be recognised and highlighted as an inspiration for others.
Helena Dalli, Commissioner for Equality
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: