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.
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 €5000, the second, €3000 and the third, €2000. As part of the prize, the three final laureates visit the European Parliament (in Brussels or in Strasbourg). The representatives of all the 28 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.
European Citizen’s Prize - an award for exceptional achievements
Each year, the European Parliament awards «The European Citizen’s Prize». This prize is intended to be an award for exceptional achievements in the following areas: Activities or actions by citizens, groups, associations or organisations having displayed an outstanding commitment to promoting better mutual understanding and closer integration between citizens of the Member States; or to facilitating cross-border or transnational cooperation within the European Union. This could also include activities or actions by citizens engaged in long-term, cross-border or transnational cultural cooperation contributing to the strengthening of a European spirit. Preference is given to projects linked to the current European Year.
Day to day activities giving concrete expression to the values entailed in the Charter of fundamental rights of the European Union.
Only Members of the European Parliament have the right to submit nominations - one per Member each year.
LUX Prize - supporting culture and the European identity
Since 2007, the European Parliament LUX prize casts an annual spotlight on films that go to the heart of the European public debate. The Parliament believes that the cinema, a mass cultural medium, can be an ideal vehicle for debate and reflection on Europe and its future. Cinema is popular, attracts different generations and is affordable.