European Citizenship Awards 2017 – Call for Nominations

01 March 2017 | Civic Participation

The European Citizenship Awards 2017 are a joint initiative between the European Civic Forum and Volonteurope, two European networks which promote active citizenship and recognition of the importance of social justice to the cohesion of communities across Europe. The Awards celebrate the democratic and civic engagement of individuals, organisations, citizens’ groups, media platforms and social enterprises, recognising innovative initiatives and contributions which give real substance to European values*, create ownership of public space and improve the lives of our communities in terms of democracy, social justice and universal access to rights.

Against the continuous rise of extremist and populist discourse in the public sphere, inclusive societies should be more than rhetoric. Civil society is harnessing its energy to ensure that Europe is inclusive and to combat the forces that are building walls, rejecting the most vulnerable and reviving exclusion and nationalist feelings. The European Citizenship Awards 2017 seek to reward initiatives which contribute to combatting the root causes of extremism.

We are looking for eligible nominations from all current Member States of the Council of Europe, in the following four categories:

  1. Media Campaign of the Year will reward professional media and media-based collaborative initiatives, which give citizens effective tools to engage and bring about positive change in their communities. Successful media initiatives will have used different tools for engagement and enhanced citizens’ participation, fostered an informed citizenry and enabled the development of a common civic space.
  1. Social Enterprise of the Year will reward businesses or not-for-profit organisations founded on the basis of social goals, which are written into the enterprise’s vision and mission, the pursuit of which brings positive social change and cohesion to communities.
  1. Volunteer of the Year will reward individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to democratic life and to the development of a community or cause, be it through a volunteering role in an NGO or in another form of an organisation or community association (including informal groups).
  1. Active Citizens’ Initiative of the Year will reward grassroots campaigns organised by both informal and formal groups of citizens, with a real and proven impact on community cohesion, and a high potential for driving transformative change.


Nominations and timeline

If you wish to make a nomination under one of the above categories, please complete the form below no later than by 31 March 2017. An international judging panel will make a shortlist selection of nominees in each of the four categories, which will then be submitted to an online vote between 10-24 April 2017. Please note that the online vote will represent 50% of the overall final score, while the remaining 50% will be given by the judging panel.

The winners will be contacted shortly after the final meeting of the judging panel and the press announcement will be released on June 1st 2017. The Awards Ceremony will take place on 5 November 2017 in Strasbourg, alongside the World Forum for Democracy.

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The Award winners will be given the opportunity to present their initiatives, projects and achievements during the Civil Society Days organised by the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels on 26-27/06/2017, the second edition of the European Civic Academy in Paris (29/09-1/10/2017) and at the World Forum for Democracy, taking place on 6-8 November 2017 in Strasbourg. The winners will also be invited for interviews within the European Civic Forum Activizenship Magazine and various European media, thus offering them further opportunities to celebrate their achievements and promote their outstanding work, ensuring that the values upon which the European project has been founded are upheld and respected across the continent.

For any question linked to this form and nomination procedure, please contact us at Before applying, all candidates are invited to carefully read the Rules of procedure for the nomination process.

*Respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities, pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men.