European Diploma for Gołuchów Community
Gołuchów Community with the decision of the Parliamentary Assembly Committee on the Environment and Agriculture dated 1st June 2007 was awarded the European Diploma. It is one out of four European Prizes.
Europe Prize was set on the base of decision of the Parliamentary Assembly Committee and the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers dated 20th June 1955. It is a prize dedicated to the local authority which work at the area of European cooperation and solidarity as well as bilateral relation between European Citizens.
Europe Prize is divided into four separate awards.
The European Diploma
This is the first step in selecting prize – winners. Some 30 diplomas are awarded each year. Mayors of winning towns are presented with a parchment bearing the municipality’s name and the date of the award at an official ceremony at the Palaisde I’Europe in Strasbourg during the autumn session of the Parliamentary Assembly.
The Flad of Honour
The flag, embroidered and fringed with gold , is the most popular award and an essential step towards the Plaque of Honour and the Europe Prize. Twenty to twenty – five flags are allocated each year and over 900 have been awarded since 1961. A member of the Parliamentary Assembly presents the flag to the winning authority at a municipal ceremony open to the public.
The Plaque of Honour
The new version of the Plaque of Honour created in 2001 consists in its upper part of brass figures representing the rape of Europe, in the central part of the twelve stars of Europe with the year the Plaque was awarded inscribed in the middle, and on the lower part a stylized map of the Great Europe indicating the name of the prize winning municipality. The whole is fixed on a transparent support.It is presented to the winning municipality by a member of the Parliamentary Assembly at a ceremony to which the local population are invited. Eight to ten plaques are awarded each year and 130 have been presented so far.
The Europe Prize
The highest of the four awards, created in 1955 to recognize outstanding efforts in promoting European unity. Sixty – one municipalities have been honored, each year one or two prizes are awarded to Plague and Flag winners. The winners receive a trophy (held for a year), a bronze medal, a commemorative parchment and a scholarship to fund European study visits for young people in the winning municipality. The prize is presented by the President of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly at a “European Day” organized by the municipality, attended also by the Sub – Committee on the Europe Prize.
The European Diploma, according to the European Prize cope of practice, is dedicated to municipalities whose acting at the area of European activities were made out by Council of Europe. The prize is an award for Gołuchów Community effort which has been put in promoting European unity. The European Committee appreciate the Gołuchów Community efforts in creating twinned towns cooperation.
The Gołuchów Community application contains information among all concerning twinned towns agreements, youth exchange as well as seniors, interests groups, organizations, school cooperation, common projects, international meetings, events about Europe Day celebration and other all initiatives which were start to expand European integration thoughts.
The Gołuchów Community European Diploma was hand in to Marek Zdunek – Mayor of Gołuchów by the Leader of Parliamentary Assembly’s Committee on the Environment and Agriculture during the ceremony organized 4th October 2007 during the Commission Assembly’s Session in Strasbourg.
In 2007 next to Gołuchów, 23 other municipalities were honored by the European Diploma. Among them there were 5 polish cities: Kędzierzyn-Koźle, Łęcko, Leśnica, Lublin and ŚrodaŚląska. 18 cities were honored with The Flag of Honour ((Białogard and Ogrodzieniec from Poland). The Plague of Honour was hand in to 8 municipalities including polish Bytom and The Europe Prize was dedicated to German city Nuremberg.