On May 22, 2020, during the City Council session, the Mayor Serhii Morhunov congratulated Vinnytsia citizens on the next in turn international award - the Plaque of Honour of the Council of Europe - and thanked them for the joint result. It is the third prize awarded by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to Vinnytsia.
The European Diploma (2013) and the Flag of Honour (2015) preceded this year's award.
"In fact, this distinction is the last step towards the most important award - the Europe Prize. Annually, municipalities from 47 European countries compete to get it. This year we have represented Ukraine. Actually, the only one Ukrainian city that has received this Honorary Distinction. We should not rest on our oars. That is not a point of a plaque but that Vinnytsia citizens could really feel that we live in the most wonderful city on the planet," the mayor Serhii Morhunov said.
On May 19, 2020, the Sub-committee on the Europe Prize awarded the Plaque of Honour to seven other municipalities in France, Germany, Italy, Serbia, and Turkey in addition to Vinnytsia.
PACE members solemnly present honorary distinctions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe traditionally to the heads of municipalities during public city events.
Created by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg in 1955, the Europe Prize is the highest distinction that can be bestowed on European cities and municipalities for active promotion of European values.
Each city or municipality that seeks to get the Europe Prize must consistently participate in competitions for the following awards - from the lowest level to the highest one: the European Diploma, the Flag of Honour, the Plaque of Honour, and the Europe Prize. The prize consists of a trophy, a medal, a diploma, and a scholarship to be spent on a study visit to European institutions for young people from the winning city.
European prizes can be awarded to cities and municipalities that espouse European values, participate in partnership projects, exchanges in education, culture and sports, organize European events as well as are members of municipal or local government organizations and support solidarity initiatives. The award helps cities establish partnerships with other municipalities. The winners also receive a check for 20,000 EUR, which gives many young people the opportunity to visit European institutions in Strasbourg.