The City Mayors Foundation awards The World Mayor Prize every two years to a mayor who has made outstanding contributions to his or her community and has developed a vision for urban living and working that is relevant to towns and cities across the world. On February 14, 2016 Bart Somers, the mayor of Mechelen, was elected as the best mayor in the world, before the nominees of Barcelona, Lahr and Lampedusa. We’re proud of him and of our home town. Bart Somers was born in 1964. He was a former Minister-President of Flanders Regional Government and also chairman of the Flemish Liberal Democrats. Currently he’s a member of the EU Committee of the Regions for which he was lead author in June 2016 of a report on combating radicalization. He is mayor of the city since 2001. More info for tourists on www.toerisme.mechelen.be.