Will Lib Dem councillors miss out on this year’s LeaDeRs Awards?

The deadline for submitting nominations for the Local and Regional Liberal Politicians Awards, LeaDeRs, organised by the ALDE Group in the EU’s Committee of the Regions has been extended until 10 October, to allow members of those parties in Europe (such as the Lib Dems) who have been tied up with party conferences, or in other cases, election campaigns.

Open to Liberal Democrats from across Europe, nominations have so far been received for work carried out by local councillors from Germany, Italy, Ireland, Hungary, Estonia, and Latvia. Others from France and Spain are on their way.

Previous winners include Paul Scriven, Leader of Sheffield City Council (2008-2011), for Achievement in Government at Local Level, awarded in 2010. This year’s awards ceremony will be held on 4 December in Brussels.

Both the national board of ALDE member parties as well as their local party branches can submit nominations of persons who are considered to be suitable candidates for such an award, accompanied by a brief reasoning and relevant supporting documents. Nominations must reach the ALDE-CoR secretariat by 10 October 2013 and can be sent by email.

There are 2 categories of awards:

· Local Leader of the Year
· Regional Leader of the Year

Each of these will have 4 different awards (ie, total of 8 awards):

1. Achievement in Government
2. Achievement in Opposition
3. Most effective party engagement with citizens
4. Most effective EU ambassador

A jury composed of key European liberal democrats experienced in local, regional and European affairs will select the winners. Nomination forms can be downloaded by clicking here. To submit nominations or for more information about these awards, please contact: Tuuli Reissaar at [email protected] or +32 2 282 2582.

* Sean O'Curneen is Secretary General of the Renew Europe Group in the European Committee of the Regions, the EU's Assembly of Municipalities and Regions.

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  • Tony Dawson 6th Oct '13 - 12:31am

    Does any vaguely useful local politician ever bother to find time to consider being nominated for an award?

  • Sean O'Curneen 6th Oct '13 - 9:56am

    The rules forbid candidates from nominating themselves. The nomination has to be done by someone else who believes the councillor deserves recognition for the work they have done or are doing. Perhaps you know one or more?
    The awards are intended to promote good governance and to raise awareness across Europe of good ideas and political practices carried out in many different places. There is a huge amount of excellent work being done at local level that really changes peoples lives for the better, but it rarely gets noticed. We believe it deserves to be noticed, recognised and, where appropriate, adopted and adapted around Europe.

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