Council of Europe European Diplomas: 18 municipalities on the 2009 honours list

Mr de Puig welcomed the enthusiasm shown by the European local authorities by taking part in the ceremony: 15 mayors from nine European countries have travelled to Strasbourg. The Diploma not only acknowledges the work done at European level by the prize-winning municipalities, but also serves as an incentive to develop it further through contacts with twin towns and other European partners.

The prize-winners are:

Belgium   
Gooik (Flemish Brabant)

France   
Arnage (Sarthe)
Plerguer (Ille-et-Vilaine)

Germany  
Altenberge (North Rhine Westphalia) (winner in 2008)
Bacharach am Rhein (Rhineland-Palatinate)
Erlangen (Bavaria)
Flotwedel (Lower Saxony)
Leverkusen (North Rhine Westphalia)
Obersulm (Baden-Wurtemberg)

Hungary
Ajka

Italia   
Salsomaggiore Terme (Prov. Parma)

Poland   
Serock (woj. Mazowieckie)
Trzcinsko Zdrój (woj. Zachodniopomorskie)

Russia   
Petrozavodsk (Carelia)

Spain   
Sant Joan de Les Abadesses (Catalonia)
Terrassa (Catalonia)

United Kingdom 
Chalfont St. Giles (Buckinghamshire)
Wigan (Lancashire)

The European Diploma was first presented by the Parliamentary Assembly in 1988. It rewards the efforts of municipalities which may then also be awarded the Flag of Honour, the Plaque of Honour and the Europe Prize (awarded in 2009 to the Turkish town of Ankara).