Already in its 9th edition, the 2017 Civil Society Prize will reward innovative projects working to combat employment exclusion and remove barriers to participation in the labour market for people in need, such as young people, people from migrant backgrounds, the long-term unemployed, women detached from the labour market, people with disabilities, and people living in poverty. The EESC has dedicated this year's prize to organisations that have distinguished themselves through their work in supporting the labour market integration of groups requiring specific support.
The 5 winners are:
- Discovering hands , a German project that trains blind and visually impaired women, using their superior tactile sense to enhance early breast cancer detection;
- DUO for a JOB , from Belgium, Progetto Quid , from Italy, and REvive from Greece: three programmes that help build up the skills of people at risk of exclusion, to better prepare them for integration in the labour market and in society in general;
- Institute of Robotics for Dependency (IRD), a Spanish project aimed at creating jobs for people with disabilities, in a laundry service technologically redesigned and adapted to their needs.
The ranking of the winning projects will be announced at the award ceremony on 7 December during the EESC's plenary session in Brussels. EUR 50 000 will be shared among the winners in recognition for their work.