This is a copy of the COE
Press Release for the 2007 COE awards.
wins the 2007 Europe Prize
Strasbourg, 01.06.2007 –
The 2007 Europe Prize has been awarded to the German town of
Nuremberg in Germany. The decision was taken unanimously by
the Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Local and
Regional Affairs of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary
Assembly (PACE) meeting today in Paris.
This Bavarian town
developed fourteen twinnings throughout the world, nine of
them in Europe, supported by ten twinning committees but
also by numerous associations and volunteers. Nuremberg’s
International Relations Office, which co-ordinates all
twinning activities, estimated that more than 55,000 people
had been involved in more than 5,000 twinning activities
Nuremberg organises many
conferences and exhibitions and also attaches great
importance to all that concerns human rights by awarding an
International Human Rights Prize every two years. Nuremberg
also hosts cultural events like the International Organ Week
and the World Music Festival.
Nuremberg, which was
already awarded the Flag of Honour in 1999 and the Plaque of
Honour in 2002, is the fourteenth German town to receive
Created by PACE in 1955,
the Europe Prize is the highest distinction that can be
bestowed on a European town for its actions in the European
domain. The prize consists of a trophy, a medal, a diploma
and a scholarship to be spent on a study visit within Europe
for young people from the winning town.
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The Plaque of Honour
was awarded to eight municipalities:
(This is the second highest distinction after the Europe
Poland Bytom (woj.
Sweden Vara (Västergötland
The Flag of Honour was awarded
to 18 municipalities this year:
Austria Wagna (Styria)
Aixe-sur-Vienne (Haute-Vienne) (together with
(Bavaria) (together with Aixe-sur-Vienne (F)
10. Oppenheim (Rhineland-Palatinate)
11. Ottersweier (Baden-Wurttemberg)
12. Wadersloh (North-Rhine Westphalia)
13. Lithuania Alytus (Dzukija region)
15. Poland Białogard (woj.
16. Ogrodzieniec (woj.
17. Romania Satu Mare
18. United Kingdom Verwood and Three
Legged Cross (Dorset)
24 municipalities were
granted the European Diploma:
France Amilly (Loiret)
10. Italy Follonica (Grossetto)
11. Russi (Ravenna)
12. Lithuania Birzai (Panevezys County)
13. Kedainiai (Kaunas County)
14. Šiauliai (Siauliai County)
15. Poland Gołuchów (woj.
16. Kędzierzyn-Koźle (woj.
17. Łącko (woj. Małopolskie)
18. Leśnica (woj. Opolskie)
19. Lublin (woj. Lubelskie)
20. Środa Śląska (woj.
21. Russia Vladimir
22. Sweden Borgholm (Öland Island)
23. Switzerland Fribourg (Canton of
24. United Kingdom Rushmoor B.C.
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