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.
The 2015 prize will reward initiatives carried out by civil society organisations and/or individuals and aimed at improving the economic and social inclusion of the people living in poverty and countering the increasing risk of facing poverty in Europe.
Applications are now closed and eligibility screening has been completed. More than 100 applications from 24 Member States were received – the highest response to the EESC prize to date.
The EESC received 81 very strong applications from across all the European Union. The work of the 4 external assessors was very challenging, considering the high level of all applications, but they managed to shortlist 8 projects out of the 81.
The 2012 edition is the 5th edition, and it aimed to reward innovative initiatives and projects, also on the regional and local level, in the field of sustainable production and/or consumption, and in the social sector.