Infographic: How is the Sakharov Prize winner chosen?

In September each year MEPs can nominate candidates for the Sakharov Prize. Each nominee must have the support of at least 40 MEPs, and each individual Member may support only one nominee. Signed nominations accompanied by supporting evidence are then assessed in a joint meeting of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) and the Committee on Development (DEVE). A shortlist of three candidates is drawn up through a vote by AFET and DEVE committees, and then submitted to the Conference of Presidents for a final vote. The winner is usually announced in October, and the award ceremony takes place in December at plenary sitting in Strasbourg.

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Sakharov Prize 2018 calendar

Conference of Presidents' decision on calendar for 2018 Sakharov Prize (SP) procedure
- Thursday 7 June, Brussels

Deadline for nomination of SP candidates 
- Thursday 13 September at 12.00, Strasbourg

Presentation of SP nominees in a joint meeting of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), the Committee on Development (DEVE) and the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) (open to all Members)
- Thursday 27 September, Brussels

Vote on three SP finalists in a joint meeting of the AFET and DEVE
- Tuesday 9 October, Brussels

Conference of Presidents' decision on final SP Laureate 
- Thursday 25 October, Strasbourg

Joint AFET/ DEVE /DROI meeting with 2018 SP Laureate(s) 
- Monday 10 December at 19.00, Strasbourg

Sakharov Prize award ceremony 2018 in plenary 
- Wednesday 12 December at 12.00, Strasbourg