The Innovation in Politics Awards

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The annual Innovation in Politics Awards recognise creative politicians from across Europe who have the courage to break new ground to find innovative solutions for today’s challenges. The Awards are presented to the politicians in recognition of their innovative projects based on our European values of social balance, democracy, and human rights – regardless of their party affiliation or level of government.
A citizens’ jury comprising over 1,000 Europeans evaluates the projects to determine the finalists and winners in the Awards’ nine categories.

Every year, the finalists and winners prove how politics can successfully address today’s challenges. We highlight their innovative work to serve as a source of inspiration for others.

Impact

Since 2017, The Innovation in Politics Awards have honoured 598 people who are at the forefront of political innovation. With this Award, The Innovation in Politics Institute gives visibility to the best political minds in Europe, provides them with a platform to present their innovative projects, and facilitates best practice exchange across borders.

The Awards Categories

The Innovation in Politics Awards are presented in nine categories:

Community

Empowerment, Civic Engagement, Social Cohesion

We honour local and regional political work that fosters cooperation and peaceful coexistence of all groups in our communities as well as the appreciation of diversity.

Democracy

Participation, Transparency, Self-Determination

We honour political work that strengthens democracy by providing for an open and free society and enabling new and effective forms of participation in decision-making.

Digitalisation

E-Government, Information Technology, Social Media

We honour political work that applies and improves information and communication technologies in democratic processes, government services, and other areas of public life, and which support the transition to not only more but better jobs for humans.

Ecology

Climate, Environmental protection, Sustainability

We honour political work tackling the climate crisis and addressing issues such as energy, mobility, housing and food in accordance with the principles of sustainability.

Economy

Entrepreneurship, Labour Market, Finance

We honour innovative political projects that strengthen the economy. This includes urban and rural initiatives from the European to the local level which foster access to the job market and help entrepreneurs and businesses to succeed, to adapt to changing circumstances and to weather crises.

Education

Learning, Teaching, Empowerment

We honour political work that promotes education and facilitates life-long learning, including providing the knowledge and skills needed by resilient communities and individuals in an ever changing environment.

Human Rights

Fundamental Rights and Freedoms

We honour political work that upholds justice and dignity for all, regardless of nationality, place of residence, gender, national or ethnic origin, religion, language, or any other status.

Quality of Life

Social Security, Wellbeing, Culture

We honour political work that ensures a decent standard of living for all members of a community, including modern health services, a safe living environment, and access to culture and the arts.

Covid-19 Strategies

Recovery, Resilience, Crisis Management

We honour outstanding political innovations which deal effectively with the COVID-19 crisis and its repercussions on our societies, as well as initiatives that make our communities more resilient against future crises.

How to Participate

Be Part of The Innovation in Politics Awards

You can participate in The Innovation in Politics Awards by nominating a project you know about, submitting your own project or becoming part of the Europe-wide citizens’ jury.

As one of our 1,000 citizens’ jurors for The Innovation in Politics Awards, your voice will help to decide which political projects are recognised as the most innovative in Europe!

Have you successfully implemented an innovative political project locally or nationally which has improved wellbeing in your community? Tell us about it!

Do you know of a political project worthy of a Europe-wide award? A courageous project which provides innovative solutions and has a positive impact on the community?

The Citizens’ Jury

THE HEART OF THE INNOVATION IN POLITICS AWARDS

The Awards Journey

THE ROAD TO PRESENTING THE WINNERS WITH THEIR AWARDS

The Awards process starts with the submission or nomination of innovative political projects. These are then evaluated by the Citizens’ Jury. The finalists are subsequently invited to a conference and an evening gala ceremony, where the winners are announced and presented with their awards.

Nomination

Anyone can nominate a project. If the project meets the formal criteria, The Innovation in Politics Institute will contact the politician who is responsible for the project and encourage them to submit it to the Awards.

Submission

Any politician serving in a Council of Europe member country can submit his or her own project through the Awards website by filling out the submission form.

Initial Check of the Formal Criteria

The Innovation in Politics Institute checks if the project submission

  • is complete
  • meets the formal criteria
  • needs to be translated to English

Jury Process

A citizens’ jury of 1,000 jurors from across Europe evaluates the projects based on three criteria: innovation, participation, and sustainability.

Announcement of Finalists

The 10 top-scoring projects in each category are selected as the finalists. The finalists are notified and published on our website.

Awards Events

All of the finalists attend a conference and gala ceremony, where the winners are announced and presented with their awards.*

Nomination

Anyone can nominate a project. If the project meets the formal criteria, The Innovation in Politics Institute will contact the politician who is responsible for the project and encourage them to submit it to the Awards.

Submission

Any politician serving in a Council of Europe member country can submit his or her own project through the Awards website by filling out the submission form.

Initial Check of the Formal Criteria

The Innovation in Politics Institute checks if the project submission

  • is complete
  • meets the formal criteria
  • needs to be translated to English

Jury Process

A citizens’ jury of 1,000 jurors from across Europe evaluates the projects based on three criteria: innovation, participation, and sustainability.

Announcement of Finalists

The 10 top-scoring projects in each category are selected as the finalists. The finalists are notified and published on our website.

Awards Events

All of the finalists attend a conference and gala ceremony, where the winners are announced and presented with their awards.*

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