Now in its tenth year, the EESC Civil Society Prize rewards innovative initiatives carried out by civil society organisations and/or individuals on the territory of the Eu that have made a significant contribution to promoting the common values that underpin European cohesion and integration.
This year the prize celebrates innovative initiatives promoting identity, European values and cultural heritage in Europe.
The European Economic and Social Committee, voice of organised civil society at European level, has received 150 applications from 27 Member States of the European Union. Civil society’s interest in the prize has increased since 2017, when only 20 countries were represented.
Italy, that has submitted 24 projects, is the country that has sent the highest number of applications, followed by Germany and Belgium, with 13 application each, and Greece with 11 applications.
Applications will be evaluated by a panel of 10 experts and winners are expected to be notified towards the end of November. The awards ceremony will take place at the EESC plenary session on 13 December 2018, in Brussels.
The prize will be awarded to a maximum of five winners, and it will reward innovative initiatives which have made a significant contribution to addressing important challenges, such as: raising awareness of the multiple layers and richness of European identities; harnessing the full potential of Europe's cultural wealth; facilitating access to European cultural heritage; and promoting European values, such as respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law.