Rotterdam has been crowned European City of the Year 2015

DECEMBER 12, 2014

The international Academy of Urbanism in London recently proclaimed Rotterdam European City of the Year 2015. Rotterdam received this award for the way in which it has succeeded in developing both economically and socially, and also in terms of urban planning, in the past two decades. The award was received by the city’s alderman Ronald Schneider.

The Academy of Urbanism is built on the expertise of more than 500 scientists, politicians and specialists dedicated to urban and regional development. The Academy is committed to spotlighting cities that are capable of developing in a remarkable manner. Also the Academy is a think-tank, providing the opportunity to share the latest insights on urban development. A delegation of the Academy of Urbanism visited the city of Rotterdam in September.

Upon granting the award Rotterdam was carefully studied for seven aspects: leadership, local character, attractiveness, economy, sustainability, welfare and accessibility. Rotterdam claimed most points at all levels. Other European cities that competed for the prize in recent years include Berlin, Barcelona, Malmö, Istanbul and Marseille.