Prize will be conferred annually on a city leader, civic leader or organization working at local or regional levels to promote freedom and solidarity, equality and non-discrimination.
Nominees can now be designated for the 2021 edition of the Mayor Paweł
Adamowicz Award, that
will be conferred annually on a city leader, civic leader or organization
working at local or regional levels, that follows the example of Mayor
Adamowicz in promoting freedom and solidarity, equality and
non-discrimination. The awardis an act of homage to the former Mayor of Gdańsk stabbed on 13 January 2019 and whose murder was preceded
by a rise in hate speech directed at him. The Award supports those who
fight intolerance, hate speech and xenophobia.
Nominees for the Award may be proposed by 15 members of the European
Committee, ICORN member cities or regions, as well as invited international
organisations with strong engagement and relevant expertise in the fields
of the Award. Nominees for the Award may come from or be active in any
country in the world. The deadline for submitting nominations is 23:59
(Brussels time) on 15 September 2021. The award ceremony will take place in
, President of the European Committee of the Regions and Governor of the
region of Central Macedonia, said:
''The European Union is based on democratic values to be defended and
promoted at the closest level to citizens in their regions, cities and
villages. One of these values is freedom of speech. This award is an
act of homage and represents a strong signal of hope for all elected
representatives, officials and ordinary citizens who, despite the
risks, live to make democracy work at the local level by supporting
better and more open communities.
We pay tribute to those who daily dare to turn their places into better
places, as Mayor Adamowicz did in Gdansk. We look for inspired and
courageous local leaders who make grassroots democracy stronger,
society open, institutions respectful, welcoming and fair.
, Member of the European Parliament and Paweł Adamowicz’s widow, said
: ''Good is quiet, evil is clamorous. Particularly today, amid the din
of xenophobia, homophobia, radicalism, nationalism and ubiquitous hate
speech, our task must be to find all those who do good and hold them up
as an example. This is the purpose of the Mayor Paweł Adamowicz Award.
I encourage you from the bottom of my heart: look around and nominate
for the award all those who act for other people: their dignity,
equality, safety. Good is quiet, but let us speak as loudly as possible
about those who do it!''.
The Mayor of Gdańsk,
, said: ''
Mayor Paweł Adamowicz Award project is a joint initiative of ICORN,
the Committee of the Regions and the city of Gdańsk. It is an important
step towards reinforcing the idea of social integration, civic
participation, promoting equal opportunities, respecting human rights
and civil liberties. The patron of this important award was
passionately involved in fighting against prejudice, xenophobia and
violence in public life. We sincerely believe that, with their lives
and values they cherish, the winners of this Award will creatively fit
into the ideals of freedom and solidarity which are so dear to the city
where Paweł Adamowicz came from''.
Executive Director of ICORN,
Cities are safe havens only when people have the courage to respect the
rights of others. In the contemporary political world, it is cities
that have become symbols of solidarity and trust, of cohabitation and
collaboration, as Gdańsk became under the leadership of its late Mayor,
Paweł Adamowicz was stabbed on 13 January 2019 while speaking at a charity
event. He died from his injuries the following day. He was 53 years old.
His murder was preceded by a rise in hate speech directed at him. His death
prompted a debate about the contribution of the degeneration of public
discourse to violence, extremism, propaganda and intolerance.
Mr Adamowicz was committed to promoting the EU's fundamental values,
and was an active member of the European Committee of the Regions. In
2016, Mayor Adamowicz launched the Gdańsk 'Immigrant Integration Model'
after meeting Pope Francis. It has served as a model that has inspired
other Polish cities.
The European Committee of the Regions, as the political assembly of local
and regional politicians in the EU and on the initiative of the Polish
delegation, unanimously adopted a
on 7 February 2019 condemning hate speech and threats of all kinds against
International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN)
is an international organisation of 75 cities and regions in Europe and
beyond, offering safe haven to persecuted writers and artists, advancing
freedom of expression, defending democratic values and promoting
international solidarity. More than 250 writers and artists have been
offered residency in an ICORN city. In a safe environment, they continue to
play a vital role, both in highlighting violations of human rights and free
speech in their home countries, and in supporting colleagues in their
country of origin. Mayor Pawel Adamowicz brought the City of Gdańsk into
ICORN on 30 August 2017.
Mayor Paweł Adamowicz Award - website
Rules and regulations of the award, Eligibility Criteria, Selection
European Committee of the Regions
Tel. +32 (0)2 282 2289
Mobile: +32 (0)473 843 986
City of Gdańsk
Tel.: + 48 58 323 62 84
International Cities of Refuge Network
Tel.: + 47 51 50 71 25