The European Commission has announced the names of the 22 winners of the 2017 "Altiero Spinelli Prize for outreach: spreading knowledge about Europe".
Six first prizes (50,000 € each), six second prizes (30,000 € each) and ten third prizes (17,000 € each) are awarded to works that help communicate "Europe" to its citizens. Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, said:
"We need to enhance the citizens' understanding and ownership of the European project. We need to bring "Europe" (its cultural richness, its history, its founding values, its institutions, its benefits and achievements) closer to its citizens. We need to inform the citizens about "Europe", to inspire and involve them. I congratulate the winners of the 2017 Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach for their contribution".
A team of 36 independent evaluators set up by the Commission selected the 22 winners from a total of 279 applications. An award ceremony will take place in Brussels on 20 June, with the participation of EP President Antonio Tajani and of the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics. The Prize is an initiative of the European Parliament (MEP Luigi Morgano, S&D) that is implemented by the European Commission. 2017 was the first year of implementation. The Prize will continue in 2018.
The first prize winners are:
- Balázs Márton, for his Eurologus Online news portal (Hungary);
- Giacinto della Cananea, for his work Model Rules on EU administrative procedures (Italy);
- Maria Antonietta Mariani, for her Babylon Ring novel (Italy);
- Sergio Cebrián, for the European news website VoxEurope (Spain);
- Thorsten Ludwig, for the study Engaging citizens with Europe's cultural heritage (Germany); and
- Ties Gijzel, for the online magazine Are We Europe (The Netherlands).
The Second Prize winners are:
- Chiara Pozzi, for the Online platform and educational kit Cittadinanza Europea (Italy);
- Giuseppe Porcaro for the novel Disco Sour (Belgium);
- Leon Horbach, for the digital civic education platform VoxPop Foundation (The Netherlands);
- Lucia Bruni, for the bicycle tour, website and e-book Maglie che uniscono, catene che liberano (Italy);
- Maria Pia Di Nonno, for her book, travelling exhibition and other actions Le madri fondatrici d'Europa (Italy); and
- Roberto Castaldi and his co-applicants for the Collective Pro-EU Appeal and March for Europe 2017 (Italy) which will be devolved to the Union of European Federalists.
The Third Prize winners are:
- Alberto Alemanno, for the Massive Open Online Course Understanding Europe (France);
- Asteris Huliaras, for the educational programme The hidden success (Greece);
- Dumitru Dragoș Jaliu, for the portal Fonduri-structurale informing on European financing (Romania);
- Francesca Tortorella, for an educational video game (France);
- Gabriella Berki, for the book, academic lectures, courses and conference presentations Free Movement of patients in the EU (Hungary);
- Inés Verplancke and the Europahuis Ryckevelde, for the board game Refugees in Europe (Belgium);
- Markus George Reintgen, for a photo exhibition on the restoration of the Prora site Scherben von Prora (Germany);
- Monia Magistro, for Actions to sensitise citizens and local administrations to European issues (Italy);
- Noelle O'Connell for the Blue Star Programme - educational programme for schools (Ireland); and
- Tiziana Andina, for the Travelling Conference Humanities for Europe (Italy).
You can find the winners' list and the first prize summaries on the Call page
For more information: Angelos Agalianos – Tel. +32-2-29.55.098 and Eleni Chronopoulou – Tel. +32-2-29.50.770