With 2019 being a year of transformation – at European level, for EUROCITIES, and in cities themselves – we would like to encourage our members to share entries that reflect the work they are doing in transforming their cities.

Cities are undertaking physical transformation projects to meet challenges such as re-industrialisation, mobility or preserving their cultural heritage. But change also has an effect on society that needs to be reflected. Urban renewal affects not only the physical sphere but also the communities living these changes. Social innovation and urban renewal go hand in hand, a city transformation that builds inclusive and cohesive communities for the benefit of people.

The EUROCITIES awards recognise outstanding achievement by members in the delivery of local activities or practices that improve the quality of life of their citizens. The awards are judged in the context of the theme of the annual conference by an independent jury of five members. 

This year, we invite entries in the categories cooperation, innovation and participation:

  • Cooperation in physical transformation

We are looking for projects on redevelopment, e.g. of city districts, strategic projects on the conversion of industrial areas or brownfields, or the reuse of industrial buildings, where city departments, industry and other stakeholders work together on masterplans of transformation.

  • Innovation for social transformation 

We are looking for projects that are changing the fabric of our cities, be this through facing up to the challenges of gentrification and providing affordable housing, integrating migrants into communities, or tackling inequalities, urban poverty and homelessness.

  • Participation to preserve our heritage 

We are looking for projects that manage our cultural heritage by thoughtful repurposing of historic buildings for the community, or projects reaching out to residents in areas that are focus areas for tourists. 

You can find more information on the 2019 Prague awards here: 

Calendar and deadlines

  • Deadline for submission of awards entry forms Monday, 3 June (12 noon CET)

  • Check awards entry forms and send to jury Wednesday, 12 June

  • First vote of the jury panel to select a shortlist from the entries (by email), Friday 5 July

  • Notification of cities who have been selected for the shortlist, Friday 12 July

  • Deadline for submission of a film about the entry by shortlisted cities, Monday 4 November

  • Final meeting of the jury panel to select the award winners, Wednesday 20 November

  • Awards ceremony – announcement of winners and presentation of awards at the EUROCITIES 2019 annual conference in Prague, Thursday 21 November

More information on the 2019 awards call here:


content : Nicola Vatthauer

EUROCITIES communications director
tel. + 32 2 552 08 84  

procedure : Marketa Pirklova

Prague Mayor’s office
International relations and protocol unit
T: +420 236 002 316, +420 734 416 599