This Award is an official project launched by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade. With all its projects and selection processes, the European Commission follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure transparency, accountability and fairness.

With this in mind, the process in selecting a winning city for the EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award has been structured as follows:

1. Screening

The Award Secretariat conducts a first screening of the applications to ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria and have been correctly formatted. The Award Secretariat then submits all valid applications to the Evaluation Committee for their assessment.

2. Assessment

The Evaluation Committee carries out the main assessment. It reviews the applications based on pre-defined criteria and a specially-designed scoring system, preparing a shortlist of outstanding applications. The committee decides on the exact number of shortlisted cities.

3. Decision

The Jury chooses the winning city from the shortlist, taking into account both the written inputs and the city pitches delievred via video-conference. In addition to the overall Award winner, it selects winners in specific categories (‘Special Mentions’). The Jury vote is closed (i.e. non-public).

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.