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The European Civic Forum launches its "European democratic citizenship awards"

In 2015, the European Civic Forum will celebrate its 10th Anniversary. In this perspective, we have decided to launch our European Democratic Citizenship Awards during the Open Doors Day of the European Parliament on 4th May 2014 in Strasbourg.

The European Democratic Citizenship Awards will celebrate civic engagement and reward every year civil society initiatives and actors which give real substance to democratic citizenship, bring about social innovation and positive change in the life of the local, regional, national or European communities.

For us, democratic citizenship is more than a legal status. It’s a lifetime process of ownership-building and belonging to a community which:

- includes all aspects of life in a democratic society relating to a vast range of topics such as, inter alia, education, culture, sustainable development, non-discrimination, inclusion of ethnic minorities, participation in society of people with disabilities, gender equality including the equal representation of women and men in decision making, etc.;

- guarantees that all citizens and civil society actors, including the most disadvantaged groups, can participate in the democratic life of their communities and have a say in the shaping of public policies at all levels, ranging from local and national to the European.


Four initiatives will be rewarded, falling under four categories:

  1. The “Campaign of the year” rewarding awareness raising or advocacy campaigns run in 2013 and which proved a real impact on community life or public action ;
  2. The “NGO of the year” rewarding organisations for innovative civic participation projects or initiatives implemented in 2013;
  3. The “Personality of the year” rewarding individuals for their outstanding contribution to the democratic life, the development of their community or for standing up for a cause of social progress;
  4. The “Citizen media of the year” rewarding collaborative initiatives that contribute to enhance participation and foster a truly informed citizenry and a crowded and popular European public space.



For this year’s edition, the ECF Steering Committee will preselect initiatives out of an open call. Shortlisted initiatives will be then open to online voting.

Starting from 2015, a European jury composed of ECF member organisations and representatives of partner institutions (European Parliament, Council of Europe, Strasbourg City and media partner) will preselect initiatives out of an open call. Shortlisted initiatives will be then open to online voting.


  • open call for applications: 21 March – 10 April 2014;
  • preselection (about 3 per category) by ECF Steering Committee: 7 – 10 April 2014;
  • online voting on shortlisted initiatives: 14 – 25 April 2014;
  • awards ceremony on 3rd May in Strasbourg;
  • the winners in the four categories will be present on a special ECF stand during the European Parliament Open Day on 4 May in Strasbourg;
  • visitors (more than 20 000 each year) in the European Parliament on 4 May will be given the opportunity to cast their vote for one of the 4 winners. This « People’s prize » will be announced by the end of the Open Day.


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