Emerging Europe has been organising its awards programme since 2018. 


To elevate the programme further, we have incorporated it into The Future of Emerging Europe project.


The Future of Emerging Europe Summit & Award ceremony took place in Brussels on 15 September 2021.


Previous editions of the programme were covered by over 100 outlets across Europe and the world every year — whilst the hashtag #EEAwards averaged three million impressions on Twitter.


Applications for the 2022 Awards will open in Q1 2022.





centred around The Future of Emerging Europe's five pillars





Future-proof Education Initiative of the Year

Health and Social Care Initiative of the Year​

Young Empowerment Initiative of the Year

Artistic Achievement of the Year

This category is open to works of art and/or artists who contributed to improving or strengthening the positive image of the region and/or its people globally.  





Green Energy Initiative of the Year

Sustainable lifestyles Initiative of the Year

This category is open to organisations operating in emerging Europe which have implemented successful projects and initiatives aimed at improving waste management and building a circular economy, encouraging responsible production and consumption (industry, mobility, agriculture) and eliminating pollution. 





People-first Economy Initiative of the Year

Inclusive Entrepreneurship Initiative of the Year

Global Champion of the Year 

Foreign Investor of the Year 

Investment Promotion Agency of the Year (Emerging Europe research)

Business-Friendly City of the Year (Emerging Europe survey)

This category looks at six aspects — business climate, infrastructure and connectivity, pool of talent, quality of life, local authority support, economic potential - in a survey run amongst global location experts.   


Applications are not open for this category. The results derive from Emerging Europe's survey with site selection and FDI experts and can be accessed HERE.




Regional Collaboration Initiative of the Year

Modern and Future-proof Policymaking Initiative of the Year

This category is open to organisations operating in emerging Europe which implemented successful projects and initiatives aiming at foresight-based strategic development planning, evidence-based and inclusive legislation and policy evaluation and promoted the leaders and leadership of the future. 





Democracy and the Rule of Law Initiative of the Year

Media Freedom and Responsible Reporting Initiative of the Year

This category is open to organisations operating in emerging Europe which implemented successful projects and initiatives aimed at strengthening media pluralism and diversity, supporting and empowering independent journalism and journalists and tackling misinformation, disinformation and false news. 





Young Influencer of the Year

Female Business Leader of the Year

Public Figure of the Year (selected by Emerging Europe)

Marina Sturdza Award (selected by the Emerging Europe Council)

Günter Verheugen Award (selected by the Emerging Europe Council)

The laureate of this Award is chosen by the Emerging Europe Council and is presented to a major figure from outside the emerging Europe region who has contributed greatly to its development.  


Applications are not open for this category. The winner will be chosen by the Emerging Europe Council.





Agenda: Georgian ‘Men Care’ initiative winner of Emerging Europe Awards

Albanian NewsTirana’s New Bazaar Awarded ‘Renewal Project of 2018’

b.inspiredIn good company

Business Review: Invest Romania must catch up with other European investment promotion agencies

Carl Bildt's Twitter: I'm deeply honored!

Daily News Hungary: Western think-tank chose Budapest as 2020's most business-friendly city in emerging Europe

DEV BYИИ–стартап белорусов получил престижную европейскую награду

Dienraštis Vakaru EkspresasKlaipėdos proveržio strategija – tarp geriausių miestų iniciatyvų investicijoms pritraukti Centrinėje ir Rytų Europoje

European Institute of Technology (EIT Health): EIT Jumpstarter wins Emerging Europe award

Fax.alTirana rrëmben një tjetër çmim, Pazari i Ri zgjidhet si projekti më i mirë për 2018 në Londër

Forbes Woman: Emerging Europe: Tbilisi is the city with the highest economic potential in emerging Europe

Gazeta WyborczaNie tylko robią biznes. Firmy angażują się też społecznie.

Gazeta WyborczaWikingowie z Wrocławia walczą o klientów. Mają z kim, bo w mieście przybywa konkurentów.

Gazeta WyborczaOlympus otwiera centrum usług wspólnych we Wrocławiu. Na siedzibę wybrali biurowiec w centrum miasta

Gazeta WyborczaWrocław nagrodzony za najlepszą strategię inwestycyjną

Gazeta WrocławskaDbają o ekonomię społeczną. Wyróżniono ich w Londynie.

Gazeta WrocławskaWrocław otrzymał nagrodę Emerging Europe Awards Olga Tokarczuk's Tender Narrator becomes Emerging Europe's artistic achievement of the year

Georgian JournalMencare – the campaign for gender equality and happy family

Georgia TodayUNFPA Georgia’s ‘Men Care’ Initiative Awarded

Georgia Nominated for Emerging Europe Tourism Campaign of the Year Award

GE Reports CEE30 Years of Helping Central Eastern Europe to Emerge

ImomediaProiectul de reabilitare a centrului istoric din Timișoara este nominalizat la Premiile Emerging Europe

InfobusSolaris z nagrodą Global Market Champion of the Year 2018!

Invest in Estonia: Estonian Investment Agency named the leading investment promotion agency of the region

KlixMostarski startup “VRET” nominiran među deset najboljih u Evropi

Liberaliკამპანია „კაცები ზრუნავენ“ Emerging Europe Awards-ის გამარჯვებული გახდა

KongresEmerging Europe Tourism Campaign 2018 went to Plečnik’s Ljubljana

KlaipėdaKlaipėda 2030 – ranked among the best city FDI promotion strategies at the Emerging Europe Awards

Kyiv Post: Horizon Capital CEO wins a major honour from Emerging Europe

MediaMaxTeach For Armenia has won a prestigious Emerging Europe Award

Money Today (South Korea): Estonia is best in foreign investment among emerging European countries

News 21 BYБеларуский медицинский стартап победил на международном Emerging Europe Awards

OmnibusRevueSolaris ist “Global Market Champion of the Year 2018”



Poland TodayThe best of the CEE region on London’s global stage

Polish Press Agency (PAP): PAIH i Wrocław z nagrodą Emerging Europe Awards 2018

Prestiż i Relacje GospodarczePolacy z nagrodami Emerging Europe Awards 2018

Projekt InwestorSolaris z prestiżową nagrodą Global Market Champion of the Year 2018

Radio International TiranaKorca old bazaar, nominated in the category of a?Renewal Project of the Year”organised by Emerging Europe Awards

Radio RAMWrocław nagrodzony podczas Emerging Europe Awards w Londynie

Radio WrocławWrocław nagrodzony podczas Emerging Europe Awards w Londynie

Report TVBashkia e Tiranës merr një tjetër çmim, Londra vlerëson ‘Pazarin e Ri’: Rinovimi i vitit

RenastereaTimișoara, nominalizată la un prestigios premiu european

Ryan Advisory (Canada): Emerging Europe Business-Friendly Rankings Crucial for BPOs

suvremena.hrHUP-ova i EBRD-ova „Inicijativa privatnog sektora za mlade“ osvojila nagradu „Emerging Europe Awards“

StooqPAIH i Wrocław z nagrodą Emerging Europe Awards 2018

Time.alTirana rrëmben një tjetër çmim, Pazari i Ri zgjidhet si projekti më i mirë për 2018 në Londër

Top Channel“New Market” rehabilitation, Tirana wins another international prize in London

Trade and Investment Promotion: UkraineInvest 5th in the Investment Promotion Agency 2020 Ranking produced by Emerging Europe

Transilvania Business MagazineEmerging Europe Recognises its Champions at London Awards Ceremony

TUT BYМедицинский проект белорусов получил престижную европейскую награду

Tygodnik Powszechny: Olga Tokarczuk wins artistic achievement award from Emerging Europe

UkraineInvest: UkraineInvest listed among top 5 investment promotion agencies across emerging Europe

Vestnik StroitelСофия с номинация от Emerging Europe Awards за „Стратегия за стимулиране на чуждестранните инвестиции“

Vision Plus TVPazari i Ri merr çmim si projekti më i mirë për 2018 në Londër

ZW LTInvest Lithuania, Wrocław i Solaris z nagrodą Emerging Europe Awards 2018

Заедно в часГолямото приключение “От мен зависи” е сред номинираните за международните награди Emerging Europe

Ziua de VestPrimarul Nicolae Robu aşteaptă un premiu londonez pentru reabilitarea spaţiilor publice din centrul istoric, dar care nu sunt îngrijite


Outlets covering the programme

every year


Estimated audience for 2021

3.5 million

#EEAwards hashtag impressions on Twitter




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    The campaign is a platform to position your experts as leaders of change — and creators of trends — related to the development of sustainable growth across emerging Europe.

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    Show a global audience that you are a leading sustainability champion, who values forward-thinking solutions and cares about future generations.

  • Make high-profile connections

    We will involve hundreds of leaders in the programme. As a partner, you will tap into a wealth of new contacts in our like-minded network.

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Emerging Europe initiates debates and provides a source of know-how and insight. The goal of this initiative is to discuss how will future relations develop, and what will they mean for the region in a broader geopolitical and economic context.