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Other acknowledgements

Other acknowledgements


  • The world’s leading developer of software for geoinformation systems (GIS) presents the SAG (Special Achievement in GIS) awards to different organisations from all over the word for making a significant contribution to the development of their organisation and community by adopting GIS software. The group of organisations selected for this year’s SAG award included the Tallinn Urban Planning Department.
  • Pirita and Pikakari beaches were awarded the international Blue Flag eco-label as an important recognition for their environmental status and the services provided on the beach.


  • Tallinn’s switchover to fare-free public transport was discussed at the workshop on transport financing, held in Perugia as part of the annual meeting of the POLIS network of cities and regions for transport innovation.
  • European Design Management awards were presented in Paredes, Portugal, and Tallinn won first prize in the public sector category for the new visual identity of Tallinn Transport.
  • The jury of the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation included Tallinn’s fare-free transport in the 30 most notable projects in the world, having selected it from among 150 submissions.


  • Best Practice Certificate 2011 at the European Public Sector Awards for best practices and innovative solutions in European public administration.


  • Tallinn’s aid programme was named as one of the top ten by the European Commission. “The URBACT II urban cooperation development programme in the framework of the EU regional cooperation includes the survey “Cities and the Economic Crisis” on responses of the cities to the economic crisis and on measures adopted for supporting residents,” explained Eha Võrk, Vice-Mayor of Tallinn. The first stage of the survey covered 131 cities from 24 countries. These were whittled down to ten most notable cities and Tallinn was included on this list. “At the second stage of the project, the focus will be on surveying the best practical efforts of Tallinn and the other cities in implementing aid programmes for residents in the context of the economic crisis,” Eha Võrk said. The second stage of the survey will be completed in the autumn. The selection panel included representatives of the European Commission (DG Regio) and several international organisations.
  • Tallinn Municipal Police Department was recognised by the Police and Border Guard Board for maintaining security during the meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs.
  • Best new museum of 2010: Exhibition “Friend” at the Miia-Milla-Manda Museum, a branch of the Tallinn City Museum.
  • Estonian Utilities Association’s annual award for the best utility building – Tallinn Botanical Garden.


  • Annual Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia: Vabaduse väljak as the outstanding architectural event of 2009 – for achieving a new quality standard in Estonian urban construction and design of public spaces. Architects: Andres Alver, Tiit Trummal, Veljo Kaasik.
  • Museum Rat 2009: A. H. Tammsaare Museum received the annual museum award for the exhibition “Fiddler on a Carrousel. August Gailit at Tammsaare”.
  • Tallinn Central Library – the service establishment rated highest by clients in the Month of Service Excellence.
  • “Supporter of the Year 2009” certificate from the Estonian Choral Association to the City of Tallinn.
  • Estonian Utilities Association’s annual award for the best utility building – Kalamaja park.


  • Tallinn – Child and Youth Friendly City. The Estonian National Committee of UNICEF confirmed that Tallinn will hold the title of a Child and Youth Friendly City for another three years.
  • Letter of Appreciation from the Estonian Neighbourhood Watch to the Tallinn Municipal Police Department for pleasant and effective cooperation.
  • Annual Award of the Architecture Endowment of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia: for respecting all historical periods in the thorough restauration of the building of the Old Town Educational College. Authors: Mari Hammer, Tiiu Lõhmus, Helve Ilves, Villu Kadakas


  • Recognition for the “Harju Street Green Area” project from the Estonian Utilities Association.
  • In May 2007, the Tallinn Transport Department submitted a proposal of a school bus project to the competition “Sustainable Mobility in the City”, organised by the UBC Commission on Transport, and won a €1,000 grant. The grant was used for promoting the school bus project and for publication of campaign materials to encourage students and their parents to use the school bus service.
  • Tallinn Municipal Police Department was recognised by the Northern Police Prefecture for successful organisation of the Pelgurand Security Day.
  • Estonian Utilities Association’s annual award for the best utility building – Harju street green area.


  • Tallinn – Child and Youth Friendly City. The Estonian National Committee of UNICEF awarded Tallinn the title of a Child and Youth Friendly City for the next three years.
  • European Cultural Heritage Awards – Europa Nostra Medal. In 2005, the Town Hall of Tallinn received the Europa Nostra Medal, a European Cultural Heritage Award. At a European ceremony held on 27 June 2006 in Madrid, the award certificate was presented to Elvira Liiver Holmström, Director of the Tallinn Town Hall, by Queen Sofia of Spain. The Europa Nostra Medal was presented to the Mayor of Tallinn at a ceremony on 15 September 2006 in the Town Hall by Siim Kallas, Vice-president of the European Commission, and Thomas Willoch, Europa Nostra board member. Tallinn won the second prize in the category of architectural monuments for the revival of the last surviving Gothic Town Hall in Northern Europe and the exemplary revealing of all the historical layers of this icon of the great European tradition of municipal power. The award also served as a recognition of the many years of work by Teddy Böckler, the architect of the Town Hall renovation who died in 2005, the Tallinn Cultural Heritage Department that was the authority responsible for the decisions related to the renovation, and the Tallinn City Office that financed the Town Hall renovation and has supported the opening of the building to the public as a museum and concert venue, in addition to continuing in its traditional function as a representative building of the city government.
  • Tallinn Central Library – award for interior design of public premises, presented by the Estonian Association of Interior Architects for the interior of the Pääsküla Library.
  • Tallinn Central Library – the most welcoming training venue of the year.

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