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Civil Society Prize

For the European Economic and Social Committee, the aim of the prize, which is awarded annually, is to reward and encourage non-profit initiatives that have made a significant contribution to promoting European identity and integration.

The overall objective of the prize is thus to raise awareness of the contribution that civil society can make in a way that underpins the common values that are the foundation of European integration.

This year, in the context of the European Year of Youth and against the backdrop of the current political situation, the 13th Civil Society Prize will reward initiatives which aim either to create a better future for and with European young people by tackling the specific needs of this group and contributing to their empowerment and participation in all spheres of economic and social life (category 1), or to help civilians suffering from the Ukrainian war (category 2).

Interested in submitting an application? For more information see: civilsocietyprizeateesc [dot] europa [dot] eu

*Applications are expected to open in the second quarter of 2022.

Would you like to visit the EESC? We would be delighted to welcome you!

The EESC welcomes groups of visitors from all over the world, explaining its role, activities and functioning as an EU consultative body. The visitors' service offers on-site and online presentations which last about an hour, whenever possible in the EU language of your choice. These are followed by a discussion about the EESC's work on the EU policy area(s) of interest to the group.

In 2021, besides the strict restrictions imposed by the health crisis, the EESC met with 1605 e-visitors.

The visitors were not able to come to the EESC's premises in person, but followed online talks which were organised virtually to replace the on-site visits.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to arrange a visit. You can do so by emailing visitEESCateesc [dot] europa [dot] eu, or by filling in the visit request form available here:

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At the European Economic and Social Committee, we see culture as a driver towards systemic change. The purpose of our cultural activities is to become a vehicle for transformation and to stimulate interactivity and active engagement, both individual and collective.

We do this by linking our cultural activities to key topical issues of societal, historical, economic, humanitarian or political interest and of national or European concern.

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