Ukrainian city Ivano-Frankivsk has won the 2018 Europe Prize - awarded annually by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to the town or city most active in promoting the European ideal. The prize is recognition of the western Ukrainian city’s efforts to develop relationships with other European cities while also promoting academic and cultural links at the grassroots level.
The PACE announcement of Ivano-Frankivsk’s triumph outlined how the city has developed robust international co-operation in numerous fields, particularly in the domain of academic activities as Ivano-Frankivsk universities collaborate closely with many other European universities. The city also organises a range of thematic and festive events to mark Europe Day and the European Week of Local Democracy.
According to PACE officials, Ivano-Frankivsk is renowned for its vibrant cultural life, attracting guests from all over Europe, notably to the International Blacksmiths Festival, Ivano-Frankivsk Half Marathon, the International Festival of Christmas Carols and the Days of Polish Culture.
Five other towns, namely Bamberg and Munster in Germany, Cervia in Italy, Issy-les-Moulineaux in France, and Sopot in Poland, were also shortlisted for this year’s Europe Prize.
Created by PACE in 1955, the Europe Prize is the highest distinction that can be bestowed on a European town or city for its actions in the European domain. The prize consists of a trophy, a medal, a diploma and a scholarship for a study visit to European institutions for young people from the winning town. Ivano-Frankivsk is the second Ukrainian city to receive the award following Kharkiv’s 2010 Europe Prize success.