Application period

The Call for Applications was launched on 4 January 2020. Interested cities were able to participate in a series of webinars to help them navigate the application and evaluation process. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade and the International Trade Centre decided to extend the application deadline to Sunday 12 July 2020 at 18:00 CET. 

After this date, no applications will be accepted. 

Read more about how to submit an application.

Application management

The applications submitted through the online portal are received, screened and processed by the Award Secretariat. It forwards all valid applications to the Evaluation Committee. The Secretariat may follow up with applicant cities for clarification if and where needed.

Read more about the Award Secretariat’s role.


The Evaluation Committee reviews all valid applications and puts forward a shortlist to the Jury in August 2020. Shortlisted cities will be invited to pitch their application in front of the Jury in September 2020 via video-conference. The Jury then chooses the overall winner and individual category winners (‘Special Mentions’) by closed vote in September 2020.

Read more about the assessment.


The Award winner and ‘Special Mentions’ will be announced at a ceremony in October 2020 in Ghent, Belgium. In addition to recognizing the winners, the Award ceremony will also include a workshop where finalists can present their accomplishments, exchange ideas and network with each other and international experts.

Read more about the ceremony.

The EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award is an initiative of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade implemented by the International Trade Centre.