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:
NOMINATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
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.