- December 10, 2012
The new prize in Šalčininkai
The local government of Šalčininkai has decided to award the prize for the major contribution to the region which is going to be given out from 2013 onwards.
Beata Pietkiewicz, the mayor’s advisor, explains the reasons for the prize’s establishment as follows: “There are many people who largely contribute to the region. With this prize, we would like to express our gratitude for their work.”
The prize is granted in four categories, namely the contribution to the human capital (in the fields of education, science and culture); the social capital (in the fields of public organizations and local community); the economy (in the fields of business and rural development, maintaining law and order, health care and charity acts etc.).
The candidates for the prize can be nominated by public organizations, associations, political parties, government institutions and other legal entities. The winners are going to be chosen by the Committee appointed according to the rules prescribed in the mayor’s regulation.
The first prizes are to be given in the following year. Beata Pietkiewicz says: ”The prizes can be granted at any official ceremony. Nevertheless, we are going to organize a separate ceremony that will be attended by all of the prize winners.” The statuette with the symbol of Šalčininkaiand the inscription ‘A contributor to the Šalčininkai Region’ written in Polish and Lithuanian can be given to the Lithuanian citizens and the region’s friends from abroad.
Currently, the badge of ‘The honorary citizen of Šalčininkai’ is also awarded for the outstanding contribution to the region. However, only the candidates who are well-known outside the region can receive such prize. The new award has more local nature and will be presented not only for the totality of one’s work but also for individual achievements.
Tłumaczenie Karolina Jasińska w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Karolina Jasińska the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.