The European Committee of the Regions is delighted to announce the creation of the new
Mayor Paweł Adamowicz Award for courage and excellence in promotion of freedom, solidarity and equality, in partnership with the International Cities of Refuge Network and the City of Gdańsk.
Mayor Paweł Adamowicz became a member of the European Committee of the Regions in 2011, and focused his activities on fostering solidarity, the integration of migrants and minorities, dialogue with civil society, and the promotion of fundamental rights on the ground. He was first elected as Mayor of Gdańsk in 1998, and served the city in that position until his assassination on 13 January 2019.
He was a true European, a Mayor, and an exemplary citizen.
While working for and representing democracy at a local level, he engaged with those who too often go unheard, offered solidarity to those in need, and advocated for the diversity which makes our societies more open and richer. He brought the City of Gdańsk into the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) in 2017.
The establishment of this Award is an homage to and recognition of everyone who works with courage and integrity against intolerance, radicalisation, hate-speech, oppression and xenophobia. Those who promote equal opportunities, social integration and fundamental rights. Those who are inspired by and carry on the legacy of Paweł Adamowicz.
The Award represents a strong signal of hope for all elected representatives, officials and ordinary citizens who, despite the risks, live to make democracy work at a local level by supporting better and more open communities.
It will honour those who build bridges and tear down walls, with a clear sense of responsibility for future generations – people who pave the way for societal changes in favour of the weakest, not shying away from any urgent battle for human rights and civil liberties, locally, nationally or internationally.
The Award will present Mayor Paweł Adamowicz's legacy to a wider audience, with the aim of inspiring local and regional politicians throughout Europe and beyond to build upon the work he started.
Details of the Award
Nominations for the Award will begin to be accepted from June 2021, and full details of the submission procedure and the terms and conditions of the Award will be published on this website in due course. Updates will be announced via the social media feeds of the European Committee of the Regions; please follow the hashtag