The European Parliament doesn’t only legislate. It also likes to promote what is good. Every year it issues four prizes in recognition of excellence in human rights, cinema, youth projects and good citizenship. It is an opportunity to put the spotlight on those people and organisations who work hard to make our world a little better and encourage others to follow their example.

  • European Citizen’s Prize - An award for exceptional achievements. 

    Each year, the European Parliament awards 'The European Citizen's Prize'. This prize is an award for exceptional achievements in the following areas:

    • Projects promoting better mutual understanding and closer integration between citizens of the Member States or facilitating cross-border or transnational cooperation within the European Union.
    • Projects involving long-term, cross-border or transnational cultural cooperation contributing to the strengthening of a European spirit.
    • Projects linked to the current European Year (if applicable).
    • Projects giving concrete expression to the values enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

    Citizens, groups of citizens, associations or organizations can apply for the European Citizen’s Prize for projects they have carried out, or can nominate one other citizen, group, association or organisation for the European Citizen’s Prize.

    Members of the European Parliament have the right to submit nominations - one per Member each year.

    Thank you to everyone who nominated or a submitted a project.

    The winning projects will be announced on 8 July.

    Winners will be personally contacted.

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  • Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 

    The Sakharov prize is awarded for a particular achievement in one of the following fields:

    • defence of human rights and fundamental freedoms, particularly the right to free expression,
    • safeguarding the rights of minorities,
    • respect for international law,
    • development of democracy and implementation of the rule of law.
  • European Charlemagne Youth Prize - for all very motivated young Europeans 

    The European Charlemagne Youth Prize aims to encourage the development of European consciousness among young people, as well as their participation in European integration projects. The Prize is awarded to projects undertaken by young people that foster understanding, promote the development of a shared sense of European identity, and offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community.

    Awarded jointly and annually by the European Parliament and the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen, the prize for the best project is €7500, the second, €5000 and the third, €2500. As part of the prize, the three final laureates visit the European Parliament (in Brussels or in Strasbourg). The representatives of all the 27 national projects selected are invited to a four-day trip in Aachen, Germany.

    The prizes for the best three projects will be presented by the President of the European Parliament and representative of the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen.

  • LUX Prize - supporting culture and the European identity 

    LUX Prize has been building bridges across Europe, by shedding light on films that go to the heart of the European public debate. The selected films raise awareness about some of today’s main social and political issues, and they reflect the beauty and diversity of European cinema.

    As of 2020 the LUX Prize transforms into the LUX – the European Audience Film Award. The new award aims at strengthening ties between politics and citizens, not merely by inviting European audiences to become active protagonists when voting on their favourite films. The aim is also to get audiences engaged in debates about Europe, in ‘living Europe’ emotionally by watching inspiring European films.