Competition "Our village has a future" ended: seven "gold villages

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On June 30, 2023, the jury selected the winners of the 27th national competition "Our Village has a Future" of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). The "Gold Villages" are: Bliesmengen-Bolchen, Fredersdorf (Potsdam-Mittelmark district), Huglfing, Kirchboitzen, Marbeck, Meinheim and Mensfelden.

They impressed with outstanding civic commitment, exemplary ideas and innovative concepts to develop their villages to be future-proof and resilient. They each receive prize money of €15,000. In addition, nine villages were honored with silver (€10,000 prize money) and six villages with bronze (€5,000 prize money).

Federal Minister Cem Özdemir with the evaluation committee for the national competition. © BMEL/photothek

Around 1,100 villages from all over Germany took part in the competition. 22 qualified for the final round and were toured by the evaluation commission, on which Dr. Rüdiger Kirsten (4th from left), Erfurt, and Stefan Kalckhoff (10th from right), Munich, worked for the bdla. Among other things, goals and development concepts, economic initiatives and the improvement of infrastructure, social commitment and village cultural activities, appreciative and sensitive treatment of building culture, nature and the environment were evaluated.

The federal competition is part of the federal program Rural Development and Regional Value Creation (BULEplus), which serves to promote and test innovative approaches to rural development and also provides impetus for improving regular funding.

The award ceremony of the village competition will take place on January 26, 2024 during the International Green Week in Berlin.

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