The European Commission launched an EU-wide contest for a prestigious 'Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach: Spreading Knowledge about Europe'.

On 20th June 2018, the European Commission and the European Parliament presented the 22 winners of the 2017 "Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach: spreading knowledge about Europe" with their award certificates at a ceremony in the House of European History in Brussels.

The "Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach: spreading knowledge about Europe"  EU-wide contest, was launched in 2017 for the first time as a pilot project, initiated by Luigi Morgano, Member of the European Parliament . Its aim was to award outstanding works that help enhance the citizens' understanding of the EU. The prize was awarded for the first time in 2017.

The application process closed on the 2nd of October 2017.  A second edition of the Altiero Spinelli Prize and new call for 2018 is expected to be launched in the second half 2018 and will be added to the Calls section on this website. 


The 22 winners of the 2017 "Altiero Spinelli Prize for outreach: spreading knowledge about Europe" have been announced on 23 March 2018. Download the list here

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02/10/2017 for applications




The Prize rewards outstanding contributions that communicate the EU - its founding values, history, action and key benefits - to wider society, enhance citizens' understanding of the EU, broaden the ownership of the European project and build trust in the EU.

For the 2017 edition there are:

  • six first prizes of 50.000 EUR
  • six second prizes of 30.000 EUR 
  • ten third prizes of 17.000 EUR.

Who can apply

The prize was open to individuals or groups of individuals (natural persons). In order to be eligible, it was compulsory for the individual applicant (or the group leader, in case of groups of individuals applying) to have a Master's Degree and , at the time of the application, be affiliated with a legal entity such as, for example, an academic institution, organisation, civil society organisation, company or other type of legal entity established and based in an EU Member State. Eligible participants included scientists, artists, scholars/researchers, writers, journalists and all kinds of other actors who can contribute to articulating what Europe stands for today and tomorrow and why European citizens should "fall in love with Europe" despite its imperfections.


Registration of intention to apply was compulsory. The registration deadline was 4 September 2017 23:59 (CET).

The deadline for applications was 2 October 2017 at 12:00 (CET).


These are the Contest Rules of the 2017 Call (translations could be made available upon request). 

Only those who registered by the deadline of 4 September were invited to submit a full application by 2 October at 12:00 (CET). Applicants had to submit (online only):


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