Launched in 2006, the EESC's Civil Society Prize rewards creative and innovative initiatives – ongoing or completed – carried out by EU-based civil society organisations and individuals at European, national, regional or local level which promote and have a long-lasting impact on European identity and integration. Each edition has a specific theme.
Within the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the theme for the 2018 Civil Society Prize is identities, European values and cultural heritage in Europe. In this instance, cultural heritage should be understood in its broadest sense, encompassing things like industrial heritage, crafts, gastronomic heritage and the culture of work. The intention is to raise awareness of the multiple layers and richness of Europe’s diverse identities, increase understanding of how arts and culture promote inclusive and cohesive societies, and foster a sustainable future for the European project.
The EESC presented the winners with their prizes at an awards ceremony in Brussels on 13 December 2018.