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Who's running for the Transformative Action Award 2018?  

The European Committee of the Regions will host the ceremony of the Transformative Action Award 2018 next November 15 in Brussels. The three finalists are the City of Bologna (Italy), the City of Ghent (Belgium) and the City of Tirana (Albania). The winning city will receive €10.000 to kick-start a transformative action in its territory.

The EU's assembly of regional and local representatives is pleased and honoured to support cities committed to bring positive change. That is the objective of the Transformative Action Award which annually rewards cities that address the pathways of the Basque declaration to create productive, sustainable and resilient cities for a liveable and inclusive Europe. The award is co-organised by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, The Basque Country and the City of Aalborg (Denmark).

The European Committee of the Regions will once again host the Transformative Action Award ceremony, now in its second edition. It will be on 15 November 2018 during the meeting of the Commission for Environment, Climate Change and Energy and (ENVE) in Brussels.

The 2018 edition of the Transformative Action Award received 40 applications. These are the finalists:

  • The City of Bologna (Italy) received a nomination for entering into collaborative pacts with their citizens in order to increase civic engagement and regenerate urban commons. 
  • The City of Ghent (Belgium) is in the final stage for seeking to transform the city's local food system through participative governance models. 
  • The City of Tirana (Albania) is a finalist for increasing urban green space around the city to counteract urban sprawl.  
Cor Lamers (NL/EPP), Mayor of Schiedam, ENVE chair and Jury Member said: “I am extremely pleased to discover that the 2018 Transformative Action Award attracted so many applicants from across Europe. These participative projects make our local communities and local economies more inclusive, green and sustainable. As a result, they provide better quality of life to our citizens. I hope that these initiatives will serve as examples to be replicated everywhere and unleash a chain reaction of transformational actions in our regions and cities."
In addition to Cor Lamers, this year's jury is comprised of Hakan Lucius, Head of Civil Society Division, European Investment Bank, Wolfgang Teubner, Regional Director ICLEI Europe, Arantza Acha, Director UNESCO Etxea, and Thomas Kastrup-Larsen, Mayor of Aalborg, Denmark.
Background information 
Since 2017, The Transformative Action Award rewards current or concluded Transformative Actions that address the pathways of the Basque Declaration related to socio-cultural transformation, socio-economic transformation and technological transformation.  Watch the presentation video here.
The Basque Declaration outlines new pathways for European Cities and Towns to create productive, sustainable and resilient cities for a liveable and inclusive Europe. The document aims to support and accelerate socio-cultural, socio-economic and technological transformation. The Basque Declaration is the next step for local sustainability following the Aalborg Charter (1994) and the Aalborg Commitments (2004). The Basque Declaration highlights the need for ambitious local leaders to think outside the box and find innovative ways to engage with civil society in order to meet economic, environmental and social challenges and at the same time marks the importance of finding sustainable solutions that increase economic value for the benefit of the local population.
The European Sustainable Cities Platform was launched in 2016, following the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns in the Basque Country. Supported by the City of Aalborg, Denmark; the Basque Country, and ICLEI Europe, it focuses on the uptake of The Basque Declaration, which is the main outcome of the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns.
ICLEI Europe – Local Governments for Sustainability is the leading global network of over 1,500 cities, towns and regions committed to building a sustainable future. By helping the ICLEI Network to become sustainable, low-carbon, ecomobile, resilient, biodiverse, resource-efficient, healthy and happy, with a green economy and smart infrastructure, we impact over 25% of the global urban population.

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