Application Deadline: 9 September 2016, at 23:59 (CET).
The 2016 prize will reward initiatives carried out by civil society organisations and/or individuals and aimed at improving migrants’ lives and fostering their integration in society.
The aim of the Civil Society Prize, which is awarded annually, is to reward and encourage tangible initiatives and achievements by civil society organisations and/or individuals that have made a significant contribution to promoting European identity and integration. Its overall objective is to raise awareness of the contribution that civil society organisations and/or individuals can make to the creation of a European identity and citizenship in a way that underpins the common values that shore up European integration.
Theme of the 2016 EESC Civil Society Prize: migrants
The conflicts in the regions neighbouring Europe caused an unprecedented influx of refugees to Europe. People from war-torn countries mix with people who want to leave their countries for economic or other reasons. The EU and its Member States are facing the current massive arrival of refugees largely unprepared.
Those who stay in Europe – regardless of their origin and whether they are refugees in the sense of the Geneva Convention or economic migrants – face multiple challenges linked to a new start in a foreign country.
- The EESC Civil Society Prize is open to civil society organisations officially registered within the European Union and acting at local, national, regional or European level. It is also open to individuals.
- Civil society organisations are private-initiative, non-state organisations which are actively involved in shaping public affairs on the basis of their own concerns, drawing on their own specific knowledge, abilities and scope for action. They act autonomously and membership entails a voluntary commitment
The prize, which has a total value of 50 000 € and will be awarded on 15 December 2016, 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.
1. Application procedure and deadline
Applications are to be made by filling in the attached application form (Appendix 1).
The application must contain all the information the selection board requires in order to:
- ascertain that the civil society organisations or the individuals concerned fulfil the formal entry criteria;
- ascertain that the civil society organisations or the individuals concerned comply with the exclusion criteria;
- ascertain that the civil society organisations or the individuals concerned accept the provisions concerning liability, checks, audits and applicable law;
- evaluate the substantive merits of each entry in relation to the award criteria.
To this end, each application shall include the duly filled in and signed Declaration on honour on exclusion criteria and eligibility criteria (Appendix 2).
Before the prize is awarded, nominees will be asked to send back the duly completed and signed Legal Entity Form and Financial Identification Form the relevant supporting documents. The forms are available respectively at:
Applications shall be submitted in one of the official languages of the EU. In order to facilitate the evaluation, they should be sent preferably in English.
Submission of an application implies acceptance of all the terms and conditions set out in the contest documents and, where appropriate, waiver of the candidate’s own general or specific terms and conditions.
The duly completed and signed application form and declaration on honour shall be sent to the EESC secretariat by e-mail to the following address:
The final deadline for sending applications is 9 September 2016, at 23:59 (CET).
Candidates can submit only one entry. Costs of entering the competition shall be borne by candidates and will not be reimbursed.
Candidates will receive confirmation by e-mail that the application has been received.
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