Girona wins the 2016 Europe Prize awarded each year by the Council of Europe

27/04/16 | This award is the highest recognition a European city can receive for its actions within Europe.

The Council of Europe has honoured Girona with the 2016 Europe Prize, the highest accolade this institution awards annually in recognition of actions carried out by European cities to promote the European ideal.

The Council praised the numerous activities carried out in Girona, highlighting: "Girona is very active in its many initiatives which demonstrate its strong commitment to Europe. It seeks to be an educational and solidarity-based city and supports projects to raise awareness among the local population of the causes of economic inequalities and to promote tolerance, dialogue, the values of a culture of peace and respect for human rights".

This recognition takes into account both the work of the City Council and that of the institutions, local agents and citizens of Girona involved in launching initiatives, actions and projects in various areas focused on strengthening bonds and a sense of belonging to Europe, which are the goals the Europe Prize seeks to promote.

The Europe Prize was created in 1955 by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and is the highest distinction that can be bestowed in a European city for its actions on a European level. The prize consists of a trophy, a medal, a diploma and a grant to fund European study visits for young people from the winning city.

Girona's presentation video as a candidate for this prize can be viewed online at: [ YOUTUBE ]