Winners of the 2018 "Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach" celebrated in Brussels

Publication date: 29/04/2019
The 'Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach' is awarded for outstanding works that promote citizens' understanding of the EU.

The 'Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach' is awarded for outstanding works that promote citizens' understanding of the EU, adding to shared ownership of the European project.

The 2018 'Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach' specifically rewarded the following types of work:

  • Innovative and practice-oriented educational programmes or campaigns and/or Massive Online Open Courses
  • Games (offline and/or online) with pedagogic purposes allowing young participants to experience Europe and its functioning in practice
  • Collaborative projects and action-based activities that promoted European common values, particularly via active participation of young people in the EU democratic process.

Five prizes of €25,000 were awarded to works that aimed to enhance young peoples’ understanding of the European Union, with a focus on participation in EU democratic processes.

The winners, announced by Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Youth, Culture and Sport, are:

  • The Associazione di Promozione Sociale DEINA, for 'Promemoria Auschwitz', a citizenship-education project that aims to build young Europeans’ capacity to think critically via reflection on the Holocaust.
  • The association Café Babel International, for the 'Borderline Project', which seeks to combat Polish stereotypes by presenting the multi-faceted perspectives of young Polish people.
  • Ms. Katy Lee, for the podcast 'The Europeans', which enables young Europeans to connect, discuss and critically reflect on how to improve Europe – while keeping in mind their  sense of humour and optimism.
  • The Austrian National Youth Council for 'Europa, das sind wir (Europe, that´s us)', a campaign dedicated to enhancing young people’s participation in the democratic process by informing young people of the EU’s impact
  • Professor Damjan Lajh from Slovenia, for his work 'I feel Europe: Nika and Luka get familiar with the European Parliament', a board game that promotes knowledge of the European Parliament, citizen engagement  participation in European elections.

A panel discussion between Tibor Navracsics, this year’s winners and nominees reflected on the youth participation in EU elections and the importance of an active civil society.  Forum members consisted of 24 selected applicants of the 2018 Contest – including representatives from NGOs, youth organisations, research and educational foundations, cultural institutions, artists, activists and journalists.

The event was moderated by Amelia Hadfield – a Jean Monnet Professor in European & International Relations, along with Ties Gijzel and Marije Martens, co-founders of the non-profit media collective ‘Are We Europe’, as well as the winners of the previous edition of the Altiero Spinelli Prize contest.