Ghent’s Daniël Termont nominated for world’s best mayor
The mayor of Ghent, Daniël Termont, is among the 25 nominees for the World Mayor Prize 2014
“An exceptional honour”
Termont is one of 25 mayors shortlisted for the prize, which has been won in the past by civic leaders from Bilbao, Melbourne and Athens. “This is an exceptional honour,” Termont told De Standaard.
The award is based on an analysis of the mayor’s personal qualities such as leadership, honesty, vision, integrity, environmental awareness, community relations and economic policy.
“Since assuming office in 2007, Daniël Termont has become one of the most listened-to mayors in Europe,” the foundation said on its website. “Ghent has managed to preserve and conserve its heritage but also develop into a vibrant, diverse and modern European city.”
The award encourages citizens to engage with local government by submitting testimonials to the panel of judges. “Daniël Termont is very much present in the city, walking or cycling, and is easy to approach for a chat,” read one such comment. “He actually listens, and his communication skills are fantastic.”
The winner of the award will be announced on 3 February.
Photo: Mayor Termont greeting football club AA Gent supporters
Photo courtesy Het Nieuwsblad