Civil Society Prize

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.


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  • Rewarding excellence in civil society initiatives:
The EESC civil society prize 2016
    Brussels, Belgium

    The EESC civil society prize aims to reward model and inspiring projects that represent the best of human solidarity in Europe and which have demonstrated real impact on the ground by improving the lives of migrants and fostering their integration in European society.

    The EESC received an unprecedented 284 applications from 27 countries and awarded 5 winning initiatives with a total of EUR 50,000. The Hungarian initiative was awarded EUR 14 000. The other four initiatives from Greece, Germany and Spain were awarded EUR 9 000 each.

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    EESC civil society prize 2015
    Rewarding excellence in civil society initiatives

    5 organisations are awarded the 2015 EESC Civil Society Prize!

    The EESC is pleased to announce the winners of the 7th edition of the Civil Society Prize, which rewards initiatives aimed at improving the economic and social inclusion of the people living in poverty and countering the increasing risk of facing poverty in Europe.

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    Rewarding excellence in civil society initiatives : the finalists

    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.

  • Brussels

    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.

  • EESC President Staffan Nilsson and EESC Vice-President Anna Maria Darmanin with the winners of the 2011 EESC Civil Society Prize
    European Economic and Social Committee names 2011 winners
    EESC, 99 rue Belliard, Brussels
    Chaired by EESC president Staffan Nilsson, the selection board for the EESC Civil Society Prize was unanimous in choosing the winners of this year's prize. The 2011 EESC Civil Society Prize has been awarded to: First prize: Erasmus Student Network (ESN), Second prize: European Alternatives, Third prize: The Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU).