EuropeanConstitution.eu, a non-profit association dedicated to promoting the adoption of a European constitution, European federalism as the means for democracy, and European integration in general, set up the Jean Monnet Prize for European Integration to honour Jean Monnet’s life and dedication to European integration by rewarding projects that support this ideal in a concrete and apolitical manner for European citizens. The winning project receives a €1,500 grant.
Where other prizes may reward public figures of high standing, the Jean Monnet Prize focuses on citizens’ personal engagement for Europe and activities that impact the day-to-day life of Europeans. Our prize is a small-scale initiative, and we are proud of this grassroots aspect.
The Jean Monnet Prize is an open competition. It can reward any project contributing the strengthening of European integration and of the European spirit. This object is purposefully kept broad, in order to increase the diversity of competitors.
Projects need to be either implemented or under implementation; the Jean Monnet Prize does not reward projects that have yet to be implemented or that seek funding in order to start their implementation. This is to meant to improve the assessment of the project’s concrete impact for citizens.
There are no criteria imposed on the applicants, and we encourage all to apply, in particular young people, women and disenfranchised groups. The application process is entirely free and no expenses are asked of participants at any point.
2020 edition of the Prize
The 2020 edition is organised under the patronage of the European Parliament and in partnership with pro-European partners. As for the previous editions, the call for applications will be open from 9 August to 9 October, and the results unveiled on 9 November — anniversary of Jean Monnet’s birth.
Given the current sanitary restrictions, it is unlikely that this edition will feature a prize ceremony. However, this option is open and, in any case, will strive to organise such an event for future editions of the Prize.
All applications must be made online at: https://europeanconstitution.eu/JMP2020-application.
No paper or email applications will be considered. Between the mobilisation related to the current COVID-19 crisis and the upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe, we are convinced that 2020 will be a year of tremendous citizens' engagement.
For any further information you can contact EuropeanConstitution.eu at jeanmonnetprize(at)europeanconstitution.eu.