The EU Health Prize for Journalists is awarded to stimulate high-quality journalism that raises awareness of issues related to healthcare and citizens' rights. Under the theme "Europe for Patients", the prize highlights EU health policy initiatives. They are all bound by a common goal: better healthcare for all in Europe.
The prize rewards journalists who have contributed in a significant way to help citizens understand health issues, and through their work reflect the thoughts and expectations of patients and healthcare workers. It is 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 European citizens.
The selection of the winners is a two-step procedure:
1) All the articles are read by national juries (one for each EU Member State). Each national jury selects one national nominee.
2) An EU jury selects one winner and two runners-up among the 28 national nominees.
The first prize was awarded in 2009. The winners of the past editions are:
- 2012: Petr Třešňák (Czech Republic), with an article on mental health "Adventures in ward 14 ", published in Respekt magazine.
- 2011: Ben Hirschler and Kate Kelland (United Kingdom), with an article on antimicrobial resistance "When the drugs don't work", published in Reuters.
- 2010: Gianluca Ferraris and Ilaria Molinari (Italy), with an article on stem cells "Stealing hope ", published in Panorama.
- 2009: Estelle Saget (France), with an article on mental health "Schizophrenia explained to family and friends ", published in L'Express.
The Journalist Prize is funded under the second Community Health Programme 2008-13.
More information (winning articles, photos and videos) on previous editions of the prize.
DG Health and Consumers