Rewarding excellence in civil society initiatives
Theme of the 2021 prize: "Climate Action"
The 2021 prize will reward effective, innovative and creative initiatives carried out by civil society organisations and/or individuals on the territory of the EU which aim to promote a just transition towards a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy.
The aim of the Civil Society Prize, which is awarded annually, is to reward and encourage initiatives carried out by civil society organisations and/or individuals that have made a significant contribution to promoting European identity and integration. The overall objective of the prize is to raise awareness of the contribution that civil society organisations and/or individuals can make to creating a European identity and citizenship in a way that underpins the common values that are the foundation of European integration.
The prize, which has a total value of 50 000 €, is open to civil society organisations officially registered within the European Union and acting at European, national, regional or local level. It is furthermore open to individuals.
Applications are now closed. Over 50 applications from 24 Member States – all Member States but Cyprus, Sweden and the Netherlands – were received. The applications will be evaluated by a panel of 10 experts. Winners are expected to be notified in November. The awards ceremony will take place during the EESC plenary session on 8-9 December 2021.
Thank you to all the applicants, as well as to all those who helped spread the word about the prize.