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Inclusion and Diversity Awards
European Commission announces the winners of the first Capitals

The European Commission announced the winners of the first European Capitals of Inclusion and Diversity Awards, aimed at highlighting towns, cities, and regions across the EU leading by example in inclusive policies. The winners – from Croatia, Germany, Romania, Spain, and Sweden – have been recognized for their work to build fairer societies by promoting diversity and inclusion.

Cologne, Germany is the gold winner in the ‘local authorities above 50,000 inhabitants’ category for its strategy to enhance diversity and inclusion, followed by Gothenburg, Sweden (silver), and Barcelona, Spain (bronze). Croatia’s Koprivnica is the gold-winner for ‘local authorities with fewer than 50,000 inhabitants’ for its strategy to support people with disabilities, followed by Ingelheim am Rhein, Germany (silver) and Antequera, Spain (bronze). Andalucía, Spain, is the gold winner of the third, Roma-specific category for its Comprehensive Plan for the Inclusion of the Roma Community, followed by Gothenburg, Sweden (silver), and Grădinari, Romania (bronze).

Launched within the EU’s Anti-Racism Action Plan 2020-2025, the annual European Capitals of Inclusion and Diversity Awards are part of the Commission’s work towards a Union of Equality.

Applications for the first edition were open from 22 November 2021 – to 15 February 2022. Applicants in all categories were attributed points by a jury of experts across a range of criteria, including the nature and scope of initiatives, their impact, and the involvement of people exposed to discrimination in policy-making. The winners of this year’s awards were announced during an online ceremony held today, marking the launch of the 2022 European Diversity Month.