The European Parliament doesn’t only legislate. It also likes to promote what is good. Every year it issues four prizes in recognition of excellence in human rights, cinema, youth projects and good citizenship. It is an opportunity to put the spotlight on those people and organisations who work hard to make our world a little better and encourage others to follow their example.
Each year, the European Parliament awards 'The European Citizen's Prize'. This prize is an award for exceptional achievements in the following areas:
- Projects promoting better mutual understanding and closer integration between citizens of the Member States or facilitating cross-border or transnational cooperation within the European Union.
- Projects involving long-term, cross-border or transnational cultural cooperation contributing to the strengthening of a European spirit.
- Projects linked to the current European Year (if applicable).
- Projects giving concrete expression to the values enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
Citizens, groups of citizens, associations or organizations can apply for the European Citizen’s Prize for projects they have carried out, or can nominate one other citizen, group, association or organisation for the European Citizen’s Prize. Members of the European Parliament have the right to submit nominations - one per Member each year.
Given this year’s exceptional context, it has been decided to extend the deadline for submitting applications / nominations until the end of June.
In addition to the abovementioned areas, citizens and organisations are also encouraged to nominate projects dealing with the fight against the coronavirus.
More info can be found here.