Jaap Velema receives Machiavelli Prize 2023


The presentation of the 2023 Machiavelli Prize to Jaap Velema, mayor of Ter Apel, took place on February 14, 2024 at Press Center Nieuwspoort in The Hague. The prize is awarded annually for a remarkable achievement in the field of public communication.

Deputy Mayor Giny Luth accepted the award on behalf of the mayor, who could not be present due to illness. He did address those present after receiving the award by means of a video message, in which he dedicated the award to the entire community of Ter Apel.

Marja Wagenaar, president of the Machiavelli Foundation, read the jury report and presented the award.

Femke Halsema, mayor of Amsterdam, delivered the annual Machiavelli Lecture prior to the award ceremony, titled “The open society and its allies.” The full lecture can be found here (in Dutch).

It was the 35e time the award was presented. Previous award winners included Johan Remkes, Gerrit Hiemstra, Marion Koopmans and Diederik Gommers, journalism collective Bellingcat, She Decides, Eberhard van der Laan, H.R.H. Princess Máxima and national team coach Bert van Marwijk.

The Machiavelli Foundation is committed to public communication. Public Matters has been main sponsor of the foundation since 2010.

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"Jaap Velema dedicated the award to the entire community of Ter Apel"

Paul Schrama

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