Prize in honour of advocates of freedom, solidarity and tolerance offered by the City of Gdańsk, the European Committee of the Regions and the International Cities of Refuge Network.
The award is to city leaders, civic leaders, or organisations working in
partnership with local and regional authorities, who build bridges and tear
down walls, with a clear sense of responsibility for future generations and
who does not shy from any urgent battle for human rights and civil
liberties, locally, nationally or internationally.
The award honours the life and example of Paweł Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdańsk
from 1998 until his murder on 13 January 2019. His murder was preceded by
an upsurge of hate speech directed against him. The establishment of this
Award is also recognition of everyone who works with courage and integrity
against intolerance, radicalisation, hate speech, oppression and
xenophobia, and who works to promote equal opportunities, social
integration and fundamental rights.
Mr Adamowicz was committed to promoting the fundamental values of the
EU, and he 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 inspired other Polish cities.
Speaking at the ICORN general assembly, the First Vice-President of the
European Committee of the Regions,
Vasco Alves Cordeiro, said that the kind of inspiration provided by Mayor Adamowicz is needed
because "it makes us stronger when democracy is challenged and when
fundamental rights are attacked. It makes us stronger to build solidarity
and cohesion in Europe and beyond".
Nominees for the Award may be proposed by the members of the European
Committee of the Regions, any city or regional council as well as by
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 31 October 2022. The award ceremony will take place in January 2023.
The first Laureate of the Mayor Paweł Adamowicz Award is
Henriette Reker, the
Lord Mayor of Cologne
in Germany, in recognition of her extraordinary dedication and work in her
city in promoting tolerance, inclusiveness, and the integration and
non-discrimination of citizens with migrant backgrounds, whilst fighting
hate-speech and xenophobia. Amongst the many personal and professional
challenges that she has faced in carrying out this work, she survived a
near-fatal xenophobia-motivated knife attack in October 2015.
The European Committee of the Regions, as the political assembly of local
and regional politicians in the EU,
on the initiative of the Polish delegation, unanimously adopted, on 7
February 2019, a
condemning hate speech and threats of all kinds against political leaders.
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
freespeech 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.
By joining ICORN, the cities become part of a dynamic and global network of
solidarity and creativity. ICORN connects and cooperates with relevant
public institutions and civil-society organisations that are active in the
field of human rights, culture, arts and migration, as well as governmental
and inter-governmental bodies, locally and internationally.
Mayor Paweł Adamowicz Award - website
Rules and regulations of the award, Eligibility Criteria, Selection
of the CoR.
European Committee of the Regions
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