MEET THE FINALISTS OF THE INNOVATION IN POLITICS AWARDS 2019

Dear friends and supporters,

We are glad to announce the 80 finalists in 8 categories for the Innovation in Politics Awards 2019- chosen by the jury of 1,067 citizens from all over Europe. The winners will be announced on 4 December 2019 at the Innovation in Politics Awards Gala in Berlin.

FINALISTS

(by Category)

CIVILIZATION

(in alphabetical order)

ACCESSIBLE TOURISM FOR ALL
Georgi Kabzimalski, Mayor of Rila Municipality
Bulgaria

A NEW PUBLIC LIBRARY STRATEGY: INSPIRING, CONNECTING AND EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES
Michael Ring, TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development
Ireland

CREATIVE IRELAND PROGRAMME
Josepha Madigan, TD and Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Ireland

FEE
Kurt Hohensinner, City Councillor
Austria

FOSTERING THE CITY’S COMMON GOODS *
Stefano Bertacco, Executive Councillor in charge of Social Services, Social Tourism, Employment, Education, Personnel, Municipality of Verona
Italy

INNOVATIVE SCHOOLS: IMPROVING EDUCATIONAL QUALITY
Krasimir Valchev, Minister of Education and Science
Bulgaria

KAUNAS CHALLENGE
Visvaldas Matijošaitis, Mayor of Kaunas city and Sandra Karnilavičiūtė,
Lithuania

PLAY AND CODE WITH MINECRAFT
Tadeusz Ferenc, Mayor of Rzeszów
Poland

SMART LIBRARY: ALLOWING ELDERLY TO ACCESS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES
Kalin Kamenov, Mayor of Vratsa Municipality
Bulgaria

YOUTH START – EMPOWERING EACH CHILD
Maria Hutter, State Councillor
Austria

DEMOCRACY

COOPERATIVE COUNCIL GRONINGEN
Wieke Paulusma, City councillor Groningen
Netherlands

E-SPORT AND POLITICS LIVE FROM THE SWEDISH PARLIAMENT
Rickard Nordin, Member of the Riksdag
Sweden

FERLA AGORÀ – IDEAS SQUARE
Michelangelo Giansiracusa, Mayor of Ferla
Italy

FLUICITY
Claire Behaghel, Responsable Marketing Produit and Jean Baptiste de Froment, Municipal councillor
France

FRANKFURT DEMOCRACY CONVENTION 2019
Peter Feldmann, Lord Mayor of the City of Frankfurt am Main
Germany

LEARN BEFORE YOU VOTE
Ausrine Armonaite, Liberals Movement of Lithuania
Gintautas Paluckas, Social Democratic Party
Andrius Vysniauskas, The Homeland Union
Virginijus Sinkevicius, Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union
Lithuania

MOLENLANDEN
Bram Visser, Councillor
Netherlands

OPEN THINK TANK NETWORK
Nicola Forster, Co-Founder & President of Foraus
Switzerland

TALKING TO EACH OTHER! – CITIZEN WORKSHOP
Michael Kretschmer, Prime Minister of the State of Sachsen
Germany

YEAR OF DEMOCRACY
Ulrich Hörning, Mayor of the City of Leipzig
Germany

COMMUNITY

CONNECTED COMMUNITIES
Sarah James, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health in Haringey Council
United Kingdom

CREATE LITHUANIA
Agila Barzdienė, Head of Programme “Create Lithuania” and Virginijus Sinkevičius, Minister of Economics and Innovation
Lithuania

FREE POLISH LESSONS
Jacek Sutryk, Mayor of Wrocław
Poland

FROME COMMUNITY FRIDGE
Anna Francis, Resilience Manager in Frome Town Council
United Kingdom

HUMANITAS RETIREMENT VILLAGE
Jan Jaap Kolkman, Member of expert team housing and Chairman committee of self-built and custom housing, Department of International Affairs and Housing.
Netherlands

LONGFORD NUA
Seamus Butler, Gerry Warnock, Joe Flaherty, John Browne, Martin Monaghan, Peggy Nolan, Gerry Hagan, Councillors in Longford County Council
Ireland

METAMORFOSIS AGAINST FOOD WASTE
Nikoleta Pateli, former President of the Public Enterprise, City Councilor
Greece

OPEN SCHOOLS OF ATHENS
Maria Iliopoulou, former Vice Mayor for the Child
Greece

SYNATHINA
Amalia Zepou, former Vice Mayor for Civil Society & Innovation
Greece

THE LOW-COST STUDENT FLAT-SHARING PROJECT IN THE EHPAD
Philippe Saurel, Mayor of Montpellier
France

ECOLOGY


100% FOSSIL FREE PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN SKÅNE
Mätta Ivarsson, Chair of the Green Party Faction in the Regional Council of Skåne
Iris Rehnström, responsible for environmental and sustainability issues at Public Transportation of Skåne 
Sweden

#MPF – MILANO PLASTIC FREE
Cristina Tajani, Cabinet Member of Business, Commerce, Human Resources Division in the Municipality of Milan
Italy

FIRST CIGARETTE-BUTT FREE GREEK BEACH
Antonios Antonakis, former Mayor of Serifos Island
Greece

FIRST TIME DIVESTMENT FROM FOSSIL FUELS
Thomas Pringle, TD in Dáil Éireann for Donegal
Ireland

GREEN.LAB GRAZ
Siegfried Nagl, Mayor of Graz
Austria

INNOVATIONCITY RUHR | BOTTROP MODEL CITY
Bernd Tischler, Mayor of Bottrop
Germany

JOBTICKET
Klaus Luger, Mayor of Linz
Austria

LOCAL SOLUTIONS TO GLOBAL CHALLENGES
Leena Vuotovesi, Managing Director, Micropolis Ltd (Town of Ii)
Finland

UK CLIMATE EMERGENCY NETWORK
Kevin Frea, Deputy Leader, Lancaster City Council
United Kingdom

UNGERSHEIM A MUNICIPALITY IN TRANSITION
Jean-Claude Mensch, Mayor of Ungersheim
France

JOBS

BE-MORE.INFO
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region 
United Kingdom

FABRIQ – THE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE INCUBATOR
Cristina Tajani, Cabinet Member of Business, Commerce, Human Resources Division in the Municipality of Milan
Italy

HOUSE OF SKILLS
Annelies Spork, Program Director House of Skills
Netherlands

HOUSING FIRST ÖREBRO
Fisun Yavas, Deputy Chair, Municipal Program Committee on Social Welfare
Sweden

KARJERAS – LITHUANIA’S FIRST ONE-STOP CAREER CENTRE
Agila Barzdienė, Head of Programme “Create Lithuania”
Tautvydas Tamulevičius,  Vice-minister of Interior Ministry
Lithuania

MOYROSS TRAINING AT THE BAYS
Frankie Daly, Councillor in Limerick City and County Council
Ireland

PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS BASE
Georgette Breard, Regional Advisor
France

QUALITY SERVICES FOR THE RESIDENTS OF GUOSTAGALIS
Virginija Jocienė, Director of Guostagalis Services Center, Chair of the Rural Community of Guostagalis
Lithuania

THE DIGITAL TOOL QIOZ
Valérie Pecresse, 
France

STAY IN NORSJÖ – IT PAYS OFF
Magnus Eriksson, Chair of the Committee on Education and Care, Municipality of Norsjö 
Therese Berg, Head of Education, Municipality of Norsjö 
Sweden

PROSPERITY

A DIGITAL APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR DOCTOR
Birte Sandberg, Chair of the Committee on Primary Care in the Region of Skåne and Caroline Hedenström, first deputy chair of the Committee on Primary Care 
Sweden 

CITY OF OMEGNA MASTERPLAN
Paolo Marchioni, Mayor of Omegna
Italy

COMPETENT TEACHERS – ENTREPRENEURIAL YOUTHS
Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Director General of Finnish National Agency for Education
Finland

CREATIVE TRANSFORMATIONS
Krzysztof Żuk, Mayor of the City of Lublin
Poland

DIGITALKIDZ STEM CLUB
Ivelina Atanasova, Founder of the DigitalKidz Foundation
Bulgaria

GOVTECH LAB
Agila Barzdienė, Head of Programme “Create Lithuania”
Virginijus Sinkevičius, Minister of Economics and Innovation
Lithuania

PLYMOUTH SOCIAL ENTERPRISE INVESTMENT FUND
Chris Penberthy, Cabinet Member for Housing and Co-operative Development in Plymouth City Council
United Kingdom

REGULATORY SANDBOXES
Peter Altmaier, Minister for Economic Affairs & Energy
Germany

SWEDEN’S FIRST SOCIAL IMPACT BONDS
Lars Stjernkvist, Chair of the Municipal Board of Norrköping
Sweden

THE ÖREBRO MODEL: HOUSING FOR THE MANY
Björn Sundin, Former Deputy Mayor, former Chair of the Committee for Community planning in Örebro Municipality
Sweden

HUMAN RIGHTS

ACTIVE CAFÉ
Piotr Borawski, Deputy Mayor of the City of Gdańsk
Poland

ATHBOY WALKABILITY AND INCLUSIVE TOWN DEVELOPMENTS
David Gilroy, Councillor in Meath County Council
Ireland

HELPING TEENAGERS IMAGINE THEIR FUTURE
Stefano Bertacco, Executive Councillor in charge of Social Services, Social Tourism, Employment, Education, Personnel, Municipality of Verona
Italy

KATRINEHOLM – THE FIRST LGBTQ-CERTIFIED MUNICIPALITY IN SWEDEN
Göran Dahlström, Mayor of Katrineholm and Jenny Skarstedt, Head of Culture Department
Sweden

ON THE TRAIL OF PREJUDICES IN CZĘSTOCHOWA
Krzysztof Matyjaszczyk, Mayor of Częstochowa
Poland

REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE: SECURING MANDATORY INQUESTS FOR ALL MATERNAL DEATHS
Clare Daly, former TD, Member of the European Parliament 
Ireland

SAFE HARBOURS
Mike Schubert, Mayor of Potsdam
Germany

SUPPORTING PEOPLE TO EXERCISE THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE: YOUR VOTE YOUR VOICE – AN EASY TO READ GUIDE TO VOTING
Seamus Coyle, Councillor and Cathaoirleach in Monaghan County Council
Ireland

TACKLING DISCRIMINATION ON THE RENTAL HOUSING MARKET
Astrid De Bruycker, Deputy Mayor
Belgium

THE WONDER GARDEN: A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE FOR MORE OPPORTUNITIES
Yordan Yordanov, Mayor of Dobrich Municipality
Bulgaria

QUALITY OF LIFE

AGE FRIENDLY IRELAND, A SHARED SERVICE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Wayne Harding, Councillor and Cathaoirleach in Meath County Council
Ireland

GOOD SUPPORT – SYSTEM OF LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES
Olgierd Geblewicz, Voivodeship Marshal of West Pomeranian
Poland

HEALTHY EATING IN NURSERIES
Donka Mihaylova, Mayor of Troyan Municipality
Bulgaria

LIBRARY OF SPORTS
Bodil Hansson, Deputy Chair of the City Council of Sundsvall
Marlene Svensson, Project Leader
Sweden

MALOPOLSKA TELE-ANGEL
Marta Malec-Lech, Member of the Board of the Voivodeship of Lesser Poland
Poland

MODULAR HOUSING SITES FOR HOMELESS FAMILIES IN EALING
Ealing Council
United Kingdom

OSTRÓW WIELKOPOLSKI – MUNICIPAL FLATS IN THE CITY CENTRE AS A RESPONSE TO THE NEEDS OF SENIORS.
Beata Klimek, Mayor of Ostrów Wielkopolski
Poland

SMART CITY BAD HERSFELD
Thomas Fehling, Bürgermeister
Germany

SUMMER CITY CAMPS IN VIENNA
Jürgen Czernohorszky, City Senator for Education, Integration, Youth & Personal
Austria

TAMING ADULTHOOD
Michał Guć, Deputy Mayor of Gdynia
Poland

*CORRECTION (Thu, 26 Sep 2019): With the first release of this news page, the project “DIGITALKIDZ STEM CLUB” had accidentally been named as a finalist twice. It was removed form the category Civilization and replaced by the correct Civilization finalist “FOSTERING THE CITY’S COMMON GOODS” by Stefan Bertacco.