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European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) 2018 CIVIL SOCIETY PRIZE (50 000 € )

Application Deadline: 7 September 2018

Theme of the 2018 prize: “Identities, European Values and Cultural Heritage in Europe”

The EESC 2018 CIVIL SOCIETY PRIZE will reward innovative initiatives carried out by civil society organisations and/or individuals on the territory of the EU and aimed at raising awareness of the multiple layers and richness of European identities, exploiting the full potential of Europe’s cultural wealth, facilitating access to European cultural heritage and promoting European values (respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law).

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.

The prize, which has a total value of 50 000 € and will be awarded on 13 December 2018, 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.

Eligible candidates
  • The EESC Civil Society Prize is open to all civil society organisations (hereafter: “CSOs”) officially registered within the European Union and acting at local, national, regional or European level. It is also open to individuals. CSOs are 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 commitment by members of the general public to take part in the work and activities of those organisations.
To be eligible, activities/initiatives shall cover
at least one of the following areas:
• promoting European values (respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law) through culture;
• promoting the respect of cultural, religious and linguistic diversity and of the freedom of the arts as European fundamental rights;
• promoting the right to freedom of expression and the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and to freedom of association at all levels;
• raising awareness of the wealth of Europe’s cultural heritage in a broad sense, i.e. both tangible heritage (monuments, buildings, …) and intangible heritage and its impact on contemporary creation (performing arts, visual arts, literature, media etc.);
• promoting European values and European multi-layered identity as a foundation of understanding, exchange and development to combat populist tendencies, propaganda and prejudice;
• facilitating and encouraging the access of a wider and more diversified public to European cultural heritage, including via digital means, by removing physical, social or cultural barriers, or through audience-development activities, taking into account people with special needs;
• showcasing the importance of Europe’s cultural heritage to foster a sense of European multi- layered identity, social inclusion and integration, e.g. through education and lifelong learning activities, in particular those focusing on children, young people and senior citizens, local communities and disadvantaged groups;
• preventing the misuse of culture as a means for the promotion of racism, radicalism or nationalism by actively focusing on the diversity inherent in European identity and in European cultural heritage and on the differing interpretations of that heritage;
• raising awareness of the whole spectrum of cultures that over the centuries and at present have contributed and are contributing to the creation of a multi-layered European identity;
• exploiting the capacity of culture and of intercultural and interreligious dialogue to prevent conflict and foster reconciliation and stability between different communities.
Application procedure and deadline
Applications are to be made by filling in the on-line application form (www.eesc.europa.eu/civilsocietyprize). In duly motivated cases linked to documented technical problems, the EESC may allow candidates to apply by e-mail, fax or post.
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.

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