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Brussels, 17 February 2009

EU Health Prize for Journalists

Why a Journalist Prize in Health?

The Prize is part of the "Europe for patients" campaign, launched by EU Health Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou in September 2008. The campaign provides a single entry-point to the often complex world of EU healthcare policies and actions.

The Prize rewards journalists who have contributed in a significant way to inform citizens on health issues, specifically the initiatives in the Europe for Patients campaign.

The Prize will be awarded in the spirit of respect for media freedom and pluralism and in the context of the Commission's desire to improve communication between the European Institutions and the European citizens.

Who can participate?

All participants must be nationals or residents of one of the 27 EU member countries and registered journalists. A participant may be nominated for the award by another person, but the entry will only be accepted if the author agrees to the nomination. Team participation is accepted provided that all major contributors (e. g. researchers, journalists and editors) are listed on the on-line entry form and that the team does not exceed 5 people.

The Timetable

The articles (press or on-line) may have been published between 2 July 2008 and 15 June 2009 in one of the official languages of the European Union. The deadline for entries is 15 June 2009, and the Prize will be awarded in autumn 2009.

How to submit your article

Articles will be submitted by an on-line entry form that can be found in the Europe for patients dedicated website at:

There are no entry fees.

Selection of the winner

The European Commission will award the Prizes on the basis of a proposal from the EU jury and a pre-selection made by national juries which have an advisory role.

The selection of the winner will be a two-step procedure:

  1. National juries, one for each EU country, select one national nominee.
  2. An EU jury selects the winner and two runners-up among the national nominees for the EU-wide award.

The juries will consist of well-known journalists, public health experts and senior officials of the Commission. They will be chaired by the Commission.

The names of all the jury members will be published on the Europe for Patients website at


The winner of the European competition and the two runners-up will receive prizes with a value of:

  • First prize € 5 000
  • 2nd prize € 3 000
  • 3rd prize € 2 000

All the national nominees will be invited to an media seminar and an award ceremony in Brussels hosted by health Commissioner, Androulla Vassiliou, in autumn 2009.


The Europe for Patients campaign and the Journalist Prize are funded under the second community health programme 2008-2013.

More information:

Europe for Patients website:

For questions, please send an e-mail to:

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