The 2016 prize will reward initiatives carried out by civil society organisations and/or individuals and aimed at improving migrants' lives and fostering their integration in society.
The aim of the Civil Society Prize, which is awarded annually, is to reward and encourage tangible initiatives and achievements by civil society organisations and/or individuals that have made a significant contribution to promoting European identity and integration. Its overall objective is to raise awareness of the contribution that civil society organisations and/or individuals can make to the creation of a European identity and citizenship in a way that underpins the common values that shore up European integration.
The prize, which has a total value of 50 000 €, is open to civil society organisations officially registered within the European Union and acting at European, national, regional or local level. It is furthermore open to individuals.
Applications are now closed and eligibility screening is ongoing. More than 280 applications from 27 Member States were received – the highest response to the EESC prize to date. The eligible applications will be evaluated by a four-member evaluation committee, which will make a shortlist of the best candidates. A selection board composed of the EESC President, the two Vice-Presidents, the Presidents of the three Groups and the Secretary-General will then be responsible for the final selection of the winners, taking into account the result of the assessment carried out by the evaluation group. Winners are expected to be notified towards the end of November. The awards ceremony will take place at the EESC plenary session on 15 December 2016.
Thank you to all the applicants, as well as to all those who helped spread the word about the prize.
For any further information, please send an email to: civilsocietyprize