Emperor-Maximilian-Prize 2021 | Applications Open

Posted 21.01.21

The Emperor-Maximilian-Prize recognises and supports projects and initiatives from all areas of life that put the European idea into practice at regional and local level. It focuses on European values and inter-regionalism, and a united Europe with free and peaceful coexistence of people and cultures. The winning project will receive €10,000 in prize money.

Europe depends on people who put this European idea into practice through their projects and initiatives - in all areas of life and beyond local, regional and national borders. The "Emperor-Maximilian-Prize for European Service at the Regional and Local Level" of the Region of the Tyrol and the City of Innsbruck honours and supports European togetherness and offers incentives for further concepts. The prize has recognised outstanding achievements in the field of European local and/or regional politics and has been awarded since 1997.

COVID-19 has shaped and changed our world in the past few months. Many of our amenities, like the unlimited access to public, social and cultural institutions, or the freedom of unrestricted travel are now constrained and no longer a matter of course. The Emperor-Maximilian-Prize 2021 therefore aims particularly at initiatives and projects that have found a way to live the European bond notwithstanding the changed circumstances.

In 2021, the prize will be awarded under the motto "Facing challenges together – for a stronger Europe" and will give special consideration to projects that have found ways to stay united in Europe despite adverse COVID-19 circumstances.

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Who can apply?

The Emperor-Maximilian-Prize is aimed at all projects and initiatives at the regional and local level that strive for European cohesion across borders. The applicant must have reached the age of 18 and is a citizen of one of the 27 member states of the European Union and / or one of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe. Details on the application requirements can be found in the application notice.

Application process

Applications shall be submitted online using the application form. The deadline for application is 31 January 2021.

How is the winner determined?

Following the application, the submissions that meet the application requirements are passed on to an awarding jury for evaluation. This jury consists of representatives of the Region of the Tyrol, the City of Innsbruck as well as the "European Committee of the Regions" (CoR), the "Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe" (CLRAE), the "Assembly of European Regions" (AER), the "Council of European Municipalities and Regions" (CEMR) and the University of Innsbruck. The winning project will be determined in a jury meeting in March 2021.

When will the award ceremony take place?

The awarding of the Emperor-Maximilian-Prize 2021 will take place in 2021 in Innsbruck.

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