The European Commission has launched the 2019 edition of an EU-wide contest for the "Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach".

This prize is awarded to outstanding works that improve citizens' knowledge and understanding of the European Union.

This year’s edition focuses on young people and on activities that enhance their civic engagement and resilience against misinformation. It will be awarded to innovative educational programmes, information and communication campaigns on the EU, collaborative projects promoting the participation of young people in the democratic process as well as activities that enable young people to experience the benefits of the EU.

Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, said: "The higher turnout of young people voting in the recent European elections shows their keen interest in the EU. Young people want to take responsibility for the European project. The Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach’ honours those who offer young citizens opportunities to do so. There are many great projects that deserve recognition, and I hope that many individuals and organisations will apply for this prize.

The Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach will be awarded to up to sixteen projects this year.

The contest is open to EU citizens and non-governmental organisations based in the EU. The deadline for applications is 29 October 2019 at 17.00 CET.

The award ceremony is set to be held in spring 2020. Awarded for the first time in 2017, the prize is a European Parliament initiative implemented by the European Commission.

More information is available here.