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Commissioner Dalli

“The European Capitals of Inclusion and Diversity Award gives recognition and visibility to the outstanding work of local authorities that can become an inspiration to others. Cities and local communities play a key role in the promotion of diversity and inclusion by creating safe, welcoming and hospitable places for residents to live and thrive in. By building inclusive communities – at town, city and regional levels – we can build a true Union of Equality in Europe.”

Helena Dalli, EU Commissioner for Equality

Role of the award

European capitals of inclusion and diversity As part of the commitment to foster more inclusive and fair societies in Europe, the Commission launched in 2021 the European Capitals of Inclusion and Diversity Award. This new initiative complements the annual EU Diversity Month, which raises awareness about the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and across our societies.

The award is one of the deliverables of the EU anti-racism action plan and LGBTIQ Equality Strategy 2020-2025 and it shows how action at all levels is essential if we want to turn the tide and build a Union of Equality.

The second edition of the Award is now open for applications until 15 February 2023. For more information, visit our website ( dedicated to the EU Diversity initiatives in 2023 available in all official EU languages – with a dedicated section on the European Capitals of Inclusion and Diversity Award (  including link to the online application form ( .