Spinelli Prize: meet last year’s winners
Publication date: 06/09/2019

The Spinelli Prize celebrates outstanding ideas across the EU, with the 2nd- annual award supporting winners with both prize and prestige. Get to know a bit more about how their outstanding work has enhanced our understanding of the EU and the democratic process.

For the past two years, the Altiero Spinelli prize has highlighted projects that inspired young people to become active and informed citizens of the EU. Last year, the winning projects included some of the most innovative ideas to help young citizens understand the European project and contribute to shaping its future.

The winning projects in 2018 were:

  • The Associazione di Promozione Sociale (Deina, Italy) was awarded for their implementation of Promemoria_Auschwitz.  This project was designed to accompany young generations to discover the political complexity of their world – and build capacity for critical thinking - by reflecting on the holocaust (Shoah). Participants traveled to Krakow, with visits to Auschwitz and Birkenau. Through organising public events, sharing personal experiences and building public consciousness, this activity aimed to teach university and secondary school students (aged between 18 and 25) about European citizenship, strengthen critical awareness of European history andenhance support for EU core values. The activity includes a thorough preparatory phase with input from various sources, including teachers, local authorities, former participants, historians, scientists, journalists, performers, psychotherapists and engineers.  Thanks to collaboration with this diverse team of experts, the Associazone’s project has contributed to building a public space where the past is a key tool to interpret the present, to shape youth’s critical thinking and to imagine the future.
  • The ‘Babel International’ association was awarded for The Borderline Project. By reporting on the common problems and experiences of Polish citizens, the project aimed to display how similar issues are faced by young people across the EU. This ambitious work included eight feature-length, multimedia reports across border cities between Germany and Poland, and a further 30-minute overview documentary citing the shared experiences of Polish people. A tour of big European cities has been planned to display this work through a photo exhibition, a further screening of the documentary and an inclusive debate.
  • The Spinelli Prize was awarded to Katy Lee, a young reporter and podcaster living in Paris for The Europeans, a collaborative project created and managed by two young professionals living in Paris and Amsterdam. The podcast aimed to build youth cooperation by discussing continental culture and current affairs. The podcast has won an army of fans around Europe and critical success since its launch in November 2017. It covers a wide range of policy issues such as disinformation/fake , and European elections ( The podcast has been extremely prolific; over the past year, the podcast has interviewed individuals from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Hungary, Lithuania, Luxembourg, FYR Macedonia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the UK. , and now has over 20,000
  • The Prize was also awarded to the Austrian National Youth Council (ANYC) for Europe, das sind wir (Europe, that´s us), a campaign whose aim is to educate and inform young people about the impact the EU has on their lives, and to enhance their participation in the processes that shape the EU. All the activities of the campaign are based on youth-friendly information and dialogue. The campaign started in August 2018 and will last until the European elections. The project includes sustained, direct with schools, youth workers and youth organisations to further awareness of topics critical to the future of the EU. The campaign also has a strong online component and so far has reached approximately 30.000 young people via online engagement.
  • Finally, the Prize was awarded to Professor Damjan Lajh for I feel Europe: Nika and Luka get familiar with the European Parliament,  an (off-line) board game which targets primary school pupils, secondary school students and the general public in Slovenia. The game seeks to promote knowledge of the European Parliament and EU citizens’ engagement and participation in European elections. The product is part of a larger series of “I Feel Europe” (which is a variation to the Slovenian slogan “I Feel Slovenia”, all of which are didactic tools for teaching about Europe to young people in Slovenia and for enhancing their motivation to participate in the democratic processes that shape the future of the EU. The game is based on research on the knowledge of young people about the EU and about their attitude towards political participation. Professor Lajh has a strong record of applied research for in non-formal learning in primary and secondary schools, and was able to apply this expertise when building the game.

Watch a video introducing the Spinelli Prize and the 2018 Winners!

The 2019 Spinalli Prize competition is now online!

If you're interested in applying for this year's Spinelli Prize, the call is now online.  You can access all information, including application forms, on the 2019 competition via the dedicated Call Page.