The Innovation in Politics Awards recognise courageous and creative political projects in Europe. The aim of the competition is to create a growing network of the best minds in politics with a view to sharing knowledge and promoting the exchange of best practice at all political levels and across borders and party lines.
Over the past four years, a combined 4,000 European citizens have selected a total of 330 finalists and 33 winning projects from more than 1,500 submissions. From 2017-2019, all finalists were given the opportunity to share ideas and experiences at networking events in Vienna and Berlin, and were honoured at a gala ceremony. To date, 1,600 guests from the political sphere and from all over Europe have attended.
The Innovation in Politics Institute has opened applications for their annual Awards programme, now in its sixth year.
This year’s Innovation in Politics Award in the Education category has been won by a project from Estonia. Project Manager Karin Künnapas was presented the Award by the Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen.
Young professionals swap cities for rural life: Innovation in Politics Award winner boosts local economy in Germany
Local leaders of Wittenberge have won the Innovation in Politics Award in the category “Economy” for their pioneering work attracting young digital professionals and start-ups to a small rural town with an ageing population.