2017 EESC Civil Society Prize – Rewarding excellence in civil society initiatives – Innovative projects to promote quality employment and entrepreneurship for the future of work
"Discovering Hands" (Germany)
The EESC the Civil Society Prize launched in 2006 rewards projects that have achieved real results in promoting European identity and integration and improving life in their communities. The competition is open to all civil society organisations officially registered within the EU and acting at European, national, regional or local level, and to individuals from across Europe, be they EU citizens or nationals of other countries legally resident in the EU. Each year, it focuses on a different field.
The 2017 Civil Society Prize recognised initiatives which support the labour market integration of groups requiring specific support. Such groups include young people, particularly those not in education, employment or training, people from migrant backgrounds, the long-term unemployed, women detached from the labour market, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and people living in poverty.
The EESC presented the winners with their prizes at an awards ceremony in Brussels on 7 December 2017. "Discovering Hands" is the first winner project.