The late Mayor Adamowicz is honoured around Gdansk , Source: Marek Wałuszko via City of Gdansk

Nominations for the second Mayor Paweł Adamowicz Award are now open

Nominations for the second Mayor Paweł Adamowicz Award are now open

The award was established in the memory of Paweł Adamowicz, the mayor of Gdansk, Poland, who was assassinated in 2019, during a Christmas charity event for healthcare

Nominations for the 2022 Adamowicz Award, honouring the late Mayor of Gdansk, Poland, are underway. The awards were established in 2021, in memory of Paweł Adamowicz and his work promoting solidarity, refugee and migrant integration and positive civil discourse.

In January 2019, during a public Christmas charity event for preventative healthcare, Mayor Adamowicz was assassinated, sparking a wave of recognition among his peers in the Polish administration and across the European Union.

The award, on the other hand, was established by the European Committee of the Regions, the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) and the City of Gdańsk. It is aimed at honouring everyone working with courage and conviction against intolerance, hate speech, oppression and xenophobia.

The current nomination process

There are a select few organisations and representatives that can take part in the nomination process. It is limited to members of ICORN, a group of 15 members from the European Committee of the Regions, the formal decision by a city or regional council, or the formal decision of an international organisation.

They can nominate someone for the award via an online nomination form. The nomination process started on 9 June and is set to conclude on 31 October. Furthermore, the second Adamowicz laureate will be announced in January 2023 during a plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions.

The first laureate

In January 2022, a joint committee between all organising parties announced the first-ever winner of the Adamowicz Award, ​​Henriette Reker, the Lord Mayor of Cologne, Germany. According to a statement by the awards committee, Mayor Reker received the award in recognition of her extraordinary dedication and work in her city.

She is known for promoting tolerance, inclusiveness, integration and non-discrimination of citizens with migrant backgrounds, whilst fighting hate speech and xenophobia. She has also had to face many professional and personal challenges while carrying out her work, including surviving a near-fatal knife attack in October 2015.



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