The European Commission has on December 3, 2020 announced the 16 winners of the 2019 edition of the Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach, dedicated to enhancing citizens’ understanding of the EU and helping them develop a sense of European identity. Sixteen prizes of EUR 25000 are awarded to the winning projects in 9 EU Member States, for reaching out and communicating ‘Europe’ to citizens. Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, said: “It is of the utmost importance that young people can both understand and experience the rich tapestry of Europe through its history, culture and founding values. This is about imparting fact and evidence-based knowledge about what the European Union does, and what it stands for, so that citizens can build their own informed opinions. Likewise, it is about experiencing Europe through programmes such as Erasmus+, the European Solidarity Corps or DiscoverEU and the future Jean Monnet programme which will also include schools.” In its third and final year, a team of independent evaluators, set up by the Commission, selected the winners from 150 applications. A virtual award ceremony will take place early in 2021. The Commission implements this initiative at the request of the European Parliament, which funds the prize.
Since the announcement of the EU-wide contest in July 2019, external independent experts have assessed the applications and identified 16 winners of the 2019 Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach.
The winners of the Altiero Spinelli prize 2019 are:
- Pulse of Europe e.V. for “VoteEurope / Whatever you vote, vote Europe!”
- Fundacja Krzyzowa/ The Krzyzowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding for “Work of International Meeting Centre in Krzyzowa”
- Munich European Forum e.V. for “Brussels European Forum”
- Associazione Culturale Twitteratura for “Ventotene, Comunitá, cittadinanza e identitá europea”
- Mia Europo for “Mia Europo”
- Associazione Culturale ‘Comitato Ventotene’ for “L’Europa che ama – Loving Europe”
- Simon Nehrer for “Das kleine Einmaleins der Europawahlen“
- Jason Slabbynck for “Arc d’Europe”
- Bertelsmann Stiftung for “Back to Europe”
- Nikolaos Toumaras for “Physiognomy at School”
- Abdullahi Ahmed Abdullahi for “European Solidarity and Mediterranean Festival – Ventotene, Italy”
- Fabien Marchesini Dufau for “L’Europe au quotidien (Everyday Europe)”
- EuropaNow! for “EuropaNow! – For a European Patriotism”
- Genova che osa for “Hope Festival”
- Paradigm Institute for “V4 in the EU – Bi-Weekly Video Series on the V4 and the European Union”
- Lietuvos jaunimo organizacijų taryba for “MAN NE DZIN”
Each winning project will receive a prize of EUR 25000. The Commission will organise an online Award Ceremony in early 2021. More information to follow soon!
The Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach celebrates outstanding works, activities and products which promote understanding of the European Union (EU) as an integration project and its values. It focuses in particular on initiatives which help young citizens to engage in the democratic processes that shape the future of the EU.