The Altiero Spinelli prize rewards outstanding works that enhance citizens’ understanding of the EU, help broaden the ownership of the European project and develop a sense of European identity. It was awarded for the first time in 2017.
The Commission will consider projects across communication, campaigns, direct actions and more – these may include:
- educational programs or campaigns about the EU;
- information and communication campaigns about the EU;
- activities that enhance young people’s motivation to participate in the democratic processes that shape the future of the EU;
- activities that enhance young people’s attachment to the core values of the EU;
- action-based activities that enable young people to witness the benefits of the EU.
Altiero Spinelli (1907–1986) was an Italian politician and political theorist. He is considered as one of the founding fathers of the European Union due to his coauthorship of the Ventotene Manifesto, his founding role in the European federalist movement, his strong influence on the first few decades of post-World War II Euro-pean integration and, later, his role in relaunching the integration process in the 1980s. In 2016, on the 30th anniversary of the death of Altiero Spinelli and on the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, the European Parliament established the Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach in order to encourage, reward and provide European level recognition and visibility to high-quality contributions.
This edition of the Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach focuses on activities and works that help young Europeans engage in democratic life and understand the values on which the EU is based. It will reward and provide EU-wide visibility to outstanding works/activities/products contributing to young people’s:
- Motivation to participate in the democratic processes that shape the future of the EU.
- Engagement in supporting the EU core values of human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities.
- Critical awareness of what the EU stands for (its history; its founding values; its actions and policies; its impact, including its accomplishments and added-value) and of the cost of non-Europe;
- Critical thinking and resilience against misinformation and anti-democratic populist discourses in and about the EU.
This year, up to 16 prizes of 25,000 EUR will be awarded.
- The 2019 prize will be open to individual applicants (natural persons) who are EU citizens as well as to non-governmental legal entities that are established and based in the EU. The contest is not open to public authorities; public administration authorities at national, regional or local/municipal level cannot apply.
- Legal entities applying must be formally established prior to the deadline for applications.
- The Prize is not meant to reward a work/activity/product linked to a particular political party agenda. Applications from political parties, from bodies affiliated to political parties, from natural persons elected and currently in public office or included in electoral lists running for public office or works promoting explicitly or implicitly a political agenda from a particular political party are not eligible.
- The target population/audience/participants of the work/activity/product proposed for the Prize must be citizens in the EU Member States.
- Those who applied for the Spinelli Prize for Outreach 2017 or 2018 cannot apply for the 2019 edition of the Prize unless they apply with a completely different work/activity/product.
- Those who applied for the Spinelli Prize for Outreach 2017 or 2018 but were then considered ineligible can apply with the same work in 2019if they meet this year’s eligibility criteria.
The eligibility criteria must be complied with during the whole duration of the Contest and up until the Commission’s award decision
Note:- Eligible Regions: EU Citizens only