Eurocities Awards

The Eurocities Awards call for entries has closed on Monday 7, February. 

The three award categories this year are ‘Future generations transforming the cities’, ‘Skills and competences for the future’ and ‘Scalable solutions for positive climate impact’. 

Who can enter? 

  1. All full and associate members of Eurocities are eligible to submit an entry, as are associated partners.
  2. The conference host city (Espoo), and the president and vice president of Eurocities are not eligible to submit an entry.
  3. The winners of the previous (2021) Eurocities awards are not eligible to submit an entry.
  4. Associate business partners are not eligible to submit an entry but could be partners in projects submitted by city members of Eurocities.
  5. The submitting body must be a local government authority.
  6. An entry cannot be submitted if the same activity or practice has previously won a Eurocities award.
  7. Each city may submit a maximum of one entry per category.
  8. Cities can enter all three categories but can only win a maximum of one category.
  9. Applications must be submitted in English.
  10. Applications must be made by completing the entry form.
  11. Projects entered must have been running for a minimum of six months before the awards entry deadline.
  12. Applicants should be aware that all shortlisted entrants will be asked to produce a short film about the activity or practice and that the winners’ films will be screened at the awards ceremony.

For Espoo 2022 we invited applications in three categories:

  1. Dream together – Future generations transforming the cities
  1. Act together – Skills and competences for the future
  1. Lead together – Scalable solutions for positive climate impact

Awards – Jury

The Eurocities Awards entries are judged by an independent jury with representatives from the host city Espoo and EU institutions, an expert in the context of the call, a representative from civil society and a media representative. 

Markku Markkula - Chair of the jury, President of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Board

Markku Markkula is the President of the Helsinki Region. He is Vice-President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), having been the CoR President in 2015-2017.  He has been a member of the Espoo City Council from 1980. The Chair of the Espoo City Board he was in 2017-2021. 

His professional experience focuses on knowledge creation, lifelong learning, societal innovations, and change management. On these, he has worked for years as the Advisor to the Aalto University Presidents and as the Director of Lifelong Learning Institute Dipoli at the Helsinki University of Technology. He has been a Member of Parliament of Finland 1995-2003. As an MP, his international role included the Presidency of EPTA Council, European Parliamentary Technology Assessment Network.

Mr. Markkula has many influential roles in the EU policy, including the CoR Rapporteur on important opinions such as innovation, digitalization, research policy, industrial renaissance, start-ups, and climate. Recently, he was appointed the CoR Rapporteur on European Missions. 

Kitty Fehringer - Programme Manager, Directorate General for Education and Culture

Ms Kitty FEHRINGER (AT) joined the European Commission in 2002. From 2007 to 2019 she worked on mobility and career development of researchers in the Directorate General for Research and Innovation.  

Between 2019 and 2021, she contributed to the development of the Single Digital Gateway in the frame of the digitalisation of the single market. 

As of 2021 to date, Kitty is Programme Manager in the Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture. She is in charge of the European Youth portal and forms part of the team implementing the European Year of Youth 2022.

Ms Fehringer has a professional background in Marketing Management following her studies of special education for disabled children at the University of Vienna. 

Thomas Matthew - Board member, European Youth Forum 

Tom is a board member at the European Youth Forum; he is responsible for the European Youth Capital project and the Forum's statutory meetings, and he leads the Forum's work on digitalisation. He studies Human, Social and Political Science at Cambridge University where he is Co-chair of the largest politics society at the University. He is an international representative of the British Youth Council. Tom is passionate about youth participation in democracy, leadership, and communication.

Jussi Pullinen - Journalist, Editor at, business and politics 

Jussi Pullinen is
the editor of politics and the economy at Helsingin Sanomat, the leading national newspaper in Finland and a main news outlet in Helsinki region overall. He's published two books (one as co-author) on social media, politics and culture. In 2017, he worked as the visiting professor in journalism at the University of Tampere, Finland.


Mari Vaattovaara - Director of Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies

Mari Vaattovaara is Professor of Urban Geography at the University of Helsinki and Director of Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies (Urbaria). She is also the member of the scientific committee in the International Science Council (ISC)

Urban Health and Wellbeing programme. She has been educated as a geographer and landscape architect.

In her research, Vaattovaara has analysed the segregation and competitiveness of cities, housing, immigration and integration questions as well as land use and urban planning and policies. The results of her projects have provided new knowledge for regional, urban, suburban and neighbourhood planning.

Of key importance are close relationships with local stakeholders. Vaattovaara challenges the distinction between theoretical research and practice. She does not see a conflict between the classical academic tradition and the social applicability of research results: nothing is as useful as a good theory to help us understand current phenomenon,” she stresses. 

She has been the initiator of Urban Academy, the platform and network that brings together multidisciplinary research, teaching and societal impact in the field of urban studies. It is a partnership of five organizations: Aalto University, University of Helsinki, City of Espoo, City of Helsinki and City of Vantaa. The Mayor of Espoo, Jukka Mäkelä is the chair of the network. Cities of Helsinki Capital Region are funding postdoctoral researcher posts (6 positions/year) in urban studies as well as a professorhip in Urban Economics.


Nicola Vatthauer 
events director 
tel. + 32 2 552 08 84 
Milla Ovaska 
City of Espoo 
head of international affairs 
tel. +358 43 8244911