The evaluation panel selected from 13 finalists, winners of the regional rounds. For the competing municipalities, the commission has evaluated, for example, social life, residents’ activities, businesses, as well as civic facilities, energy savings or care for public spaces and green spaces.
The organizers announced the winners on Saturday afternoon at the show Jarmark venkova, which is part of the International Festival of Folklore Ensembles and Dances for Children in Luhačovice in the Zlín region. The individual finalists were introduced to the public at the exhibition.
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Třeštice won the overall award in an online vote, receiving over 7,000 votes. The Cake Award for Best Homemade Cake was awarded to Zasova from Vsetínsk in the Zlín region.
Dozens of people came to Luhačovice from Kostelny Lotta, about 300 km away, which has a population of less than 900. Immediately after the results were announced, they enthusiastically congratulated the mayor of the village, Tomasz Drobny. “First of all, it is an appreciation for the work of all the residents of the village. The mayor said what they were able to do and how they were able to put themselves together and prepare for the evaluation committee and at the same time what they did throughout the year was unreal.”
It highlighted the rich community life of the village as well as the investments made in recent years, thanks to which Kostelní Lhota was able to improve the public spaces and the school. The village also got a chapel from the church.
“Over three years, it was possible to rebuild it, including the immediate surroundings, with the help of about seven different subsidies. For us, the church is not just a symbol that we are Kostelny for a Huta, but at the same time a meeting place,” Drupny said.
According to him, the village suffers somewhat from its proximity to the capital. “We are, overly, Prague hostels. But I think we’re doing a good job fighting this disability. That’s why we try to support community life as much as possible to combat this. So that we don’t just go to Prague and back,” Drobney said.
Before the results were announced, Minister of Regional Development Ivan Bartosz (Pirates) praised the energy and courage of all the mayors who entered their villages in the competition. “They have given their business, working in their municipalities, and shown that even in difficult times, our village and Rivne still have something to offer its residents and something to be proud of,” Bartosz said.
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Albrechtice nad Vltavou from Písek in the region of South Bohemia, Biskupice from Svitavsk in the Pardubice region, Karez from Rokycansk in the Pilsen region, Lukavec from Litoměřick in the Ústecký region, Velká Hleďsebe from Chebskary in Karlujy Vrchás in the region of Hél. The South Moravian region was represented by Kostelec in Hodonín, the Olomouc region by Slatinice in Olomouc and the Moravian-Silesian region by Závada in Opava.
The winner and holder of the title of Village of the Year 2022 will receive a financial reward in the form of a subsidy from the Ministry of Regional Development amounting to 2.6 million kroner. The competition has been held since 1995 and has been announced by the Association of Rural Regeneration of the Czech Republic, the Federation of Cities and Municipalities of the Czech Republic and the Ministry of Regional Development and Agriculture.
Its goal is to highlight the activities of the municipalities, their representatives and residents, who are trying not only to improve their homes, but also to develop local traditions and participate in the social life of the municipality.
The competition has not been held in the past two years. In 2019, 206 municipalities applied for the title of Village of the Year, which was won by Lipova from Donsk in the Usti region.
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