An independent jury will select by deliberation and vote a candidate who will be informed of the proposal.

Only after acceptance of the nomination, the jury will make public the name of the nominee together with a brief reasoning for the choice.

The jury's decision is final and cannot be appealed.

The members of the jury are:

Adriana Babeți


Adriana Babeți is an essayist, literary critic, translator and prose writer. Associate Professor at the West University of Timișoara (Faculty of Letters, History and Theology) and at the University of Bucharest. Editor of “Orizont” magazine, a periodical of the Romanian Writers’ Union.

She was coordinator of the Centre for Central and South-East European Studies of the “Third Europe” Foundation.

Awarded the Order of Cultural Merit in the rank of Knight by the Presidency of Romania, Medal of the National Education Commission of the Republic of Poland for outstanding merits in the field of education. She holds a doctorate in philology.

Timisoara concentrates not only symbolically, but also in reality, all that is most valuable and full of hope: the European project. Its long history of cohabitation and cooperation between ethnic groups, cultures and languages is proof of this. It is borne out by its interest in exploring the new in all fields. But above all, it attests to the courage to create civic solidarity and the perseverance to militate for the authentic values of Europe. That is why I believe that the distinction that Timisoara is now awarding to a European personality has the function of a new emblem for the city.

Mircea Cărtărescu


Mircea Cărtărescu is a poet, prose writer, essayist, literary critic and publicist, and one of the most awarded and translated Romanian authors. He is currently a doctoral professor at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Bucharest.

Among the international awards he has received are: the “Giuseppe Acerbi” Literary Prize, Castel Goffredo, Italy; the International Prize for Literature “Haus der Kulturen der Welt”, Berlin; the International Prize for Literature of Vileniča; the Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding.

Dominic Fritz


Dominic Fritz is the Mayor of Timișoara and the city’s representative on the jury.

The story of Timișoara with all the values it stands for - diversity, courage, the fight for freedom - has become extremely relevant for today's Europe. The Timisoara Award for European Values takes Timisoara's European destiny forward and responds to the difficult times we live in: in times of hate, Europe is the answer. Timisoara must be a beacon of freedom, of the fight for humanity and European values.

Anca Miruna Lăzărescu


Anca Miruna Lăzărescu is a successful director and screenwriter. She directs series for Netflix and TV networks (ZDF, ARTE) and won the Grimme Prize for the HBO series Hackerville (2018).

Her graduation film, “Silent River” managed to collect over 80 national and international awards, becoming the most awarded Romanian short film of all time. The film was invited to over 300 international festivals.

She is a member of the Romanian and European Film Academies and President of the Munich Film School Festival.
Born in Timișoara.

Cristian Măcelaru


Cristian Măcelaru is Music Director of the Orchestre National de France, Chief Conductor of the WDR Sinfonieorchester (Koeln), Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Music Director and Conductor of the Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival and Artistic Director of the George Enescu Festival and Competition.
GRAMMY® Award winner.

He was the youngest concertmaster in the history of the Miami Symphony Orchestra and made his Carnegie Hall debut at age 19.
Born in Timisoara.

Our direct commitment to promoting European values is what ensures that every member who forms the beautiful rainbow of a modern Europe contributes to a common set of goals and hopes. The city where liberty took form in December of 1989 should be the European example of true liberty. By its nature, to give a focus to these values, we also align our thinking and inspire our future to continue fighting for a better Europe.

Simona Miculescu


Simona Miculescu is Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Delegate of Romania to UNESCO. She was Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office in Belgrade. She is the first woman to head the Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations (New York).

She is the first woman in the history of Romanian diplomacy to be granted the rank of Ambassador.

She holds a doctorate in literature and is a professor of International Public Relations, having developed the first study programmes on the subject. Editor of several books and dozens of articles.

What a joy to be part of the jury of the first edition of the "Timisoara for European Values" Award - a wonderful initiative, because it celebrates what unites and inspires us permanently! They are the essence of my profession as a diplomat and the foundation of our evolution as a society. That is why I think it is wonderful to honour their most fervent promoters.

Iulia Motoc

The Hague

Iulia Motoc is a judge at the International Criminal Court (The Hague)  and professor at the University of Bucharest. Former judge at European Court of Human Rights.

She was the youngest judge at the Constitutional Court in Romania’s history, Vice-President of the United Nations Human Rights Committee, member of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.

Doctor of Philosophy and Public International Law. Elected member of the Geneva-based Institute of International Law.
Born in Timișoara.