The European Parliament has honoured 50 people and organisations from 26 EU countries with this year's Citizen's Prize for their contribution to European cooperation and the promotion of common values. The jury, headed by Parliament Vice-President Sylvie Guillaume, selected the 2016 laureates after a consultation of the 79 proposals that made it through to the national juries.
The national award ceremonies will be followed by a central ceremony, to be held in October 2016 in the Parliament in Brussels. The winners include CoderDojo in Ireland and Citizens UK and the Internet Watch Foundation in the UK. For the full list of winners, click on the link on the right.
CoderDojo is a global network of free programming clubs for young people, set up in Cork, Ireland to give children between the ages of 7 and 17 the opportunity to learn how to code and develop websites, apps, programmes and games in an informal and creative environment. In addition to learning to code participants meet like-minded people and are exposed to the possibilities of technology.
Citizens UK organises communities to act together for power, social justice and the common good. The group develops the leadership capacity of its members so they can hold politicians and other decision-makers to account on the issues that matter to them.
Internet Watch Foundation works internationally to make the internet a safer place. With a remit to minimise the availability of potentially criminal internet content, their vision is the elimination of child sexual abuse images online.
The European Citizen’s Prize
Since 2008 the Parliament awards the European Citizen’s Prize every year to projects and initiatives that facilitate cross-border cooperation or promote mutual understanding within the EU. The prize, which has symbolic value, is also intended to acknowledge the work of those who through their day-to-day activities promote European values.