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3rd EESC Prize for Civil Society

European Economic and Social Committee names 2009 winners Brussels, Belgium
EESC Vice-President Irini Pari with the winners of the third EESC civil society prize

The President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano sent to the EESC President Mario Sepi a message in the occasion of the ceremony during which the 1st Prize for the Civil Society of 2009 was awarded to Confindustria Sicilia and to the Association Libera:

"Gli importanti progressi compiuti nella lotta alla mafia, costati il sacrificio di tante vite umane, devono indurci a non sottovalutare in alcun modo la pericolosa e costante capacità delle organizzazioni criminali di resistere e crescere facendo leva sulla mancanza di prospettive di sviluppo e occupazione così come sulle possibilità offerte dall'economia legalmente operante. Anche al livello europeo è essenziale che l'impegno delle istituzioni nella lotta alle organizzazioni mafiose e per il recupero delle risorse da esse sottratte sia sostenuto dalla piena consapevolezza e partecipazione democratica. In questo senso la decisione del Comitato Economico e Sociale Europeo di attribuire il premio a Confindustria Sicilia e a Libera è un segno tangibile e importante della attenzione della società civile europea nei confronti della lotta contro il crimine organizzato."
Roma, 13 novembre 2009

The selection board for the EESC Prize for Organised Civil Society agreed unanimously on this year's winners at a meeting chaired by Committee president Mario Sepi.

Winners of the Civil Society PrizeThe selection board was impressed by the quality of the applications and as a result decided to make awards to six civil society organisations. A joint first prize was therefore awarded to LIBERA international and Confindustria Sicilia (Italy). Two second prizes were awarded to two European organisations: the European Association of History Educators (EUROCLIO) and Volonteurope. Lastly, two third prizes were awarded to the Fondation Nicolas Hulot pour la Nature et l'Homme (France) and to the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO).

 

By awarding this prize, the EESC aims to raise awareness of the importance of the contribution that civil society organisations can make to shaping a European identity and European citizenship that shore up the common values underpinning European integration. As this is the European year of creativity and innovation, the aim with the 2009 award was to reward innovative achievements and initiatives that have had a lasting positive influence on the public perception of Europe and the integration process.

The official prize-giving ceremony took place during the EESC plenary session on 4 November 2009.

 

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