The European Award for Citizenship, Security and Defence
The European Award for Citizenship, Security and Defence is intended to reward outstanding efforts towards promoting European citizenship, and European security and defence awareness. The prize was first awarded in 2011, under the High Patronage of the President of the European Council.
The prize is organised annually by the association “Civisme Défense Armées Nation” (CiDAN), together with the European Interparliamentary Security and Defence Association, and with the support of the Behörden Spiegel.
Agenda 2020, providing the CORONAVIRUS crisis allows it
11 May : call for applications starts
30 September : deadline for receiving the applications
24 November 19h00 : award ceremony during the Berlin security conference (reported)
Meeting in the Ecole militaire in Paris on Tuesday 13th October 2020, the Jury decided on the following Awards:
The European Award, “Citizenship, Security and Defence” for the non-profit Organisation POST BELLUM (Czech Republic);
For the whole range of its activities, since 2001, aimed at recording memories, evidence and personal experience of the main historical events of the 20th Century, putting emphasis on life under totalitarian regimes. Using new methods to make history more appealing, POST BELLUM has contributed to the recovery and social cohesion of European society.
Special Award for “Peace and Security in Europe” to the non-governmental organisation LACHEN HELFEN e.V. (Germany);
For the whole range of its humanitarian action, since 1996, by soldiers and members of the police force taking part in external operations, adding to their normal activities by helping children living in conflict and crisis areas, and more especially for the building of a school in Mali – the first of its kind.
Special Award for “Remembrance and Reconciliation” to the charity “Western Front Way” (United Kingdom), “Le Sentier du Front de l’Ouest” (France), “De Western Front Way” (Belgium), “Der Westfront-Weg” (Germany);
For the project, launched in 2015, to mark a Garden Way in “No Man’s Land” along the WWI Front Line – an idea suggested in a letter written by a young Scottish soldier just before his death in 1915 – from Nieuport on the Belgian coast to Pfetterhouse in the southern Vosges, a distance of 1000km including some 700 municipalities. In March 2020 the Belgian section was complete with plaques in place and gardens planted in France. People may choose whether to walk or ride the route by bicycle along this “Via Sacra” conceived as a Way of Peace, Remembrance, Reflection and Reconciliation.
Special Awards by the Jury:
Brigadier Reimar Scherz (Germany),
For his attachment to Europe, its Defence and Security, to the idea that a strong Europe may be built only with the support of its citizens, and for his help in ensuring that the presentation ceremony for the “European Award for Citizenship, Security and Defence” takes place during the annual Berlin Security Conference, an exceptional setting for discussion of political, social, military, economic, and industrial questions.
Mr Laurent Borzillo (France),
For his thesis on European bi- and multi-national expeditionary forces, rewarded by the Universities of Montpellier and Montreal, for his seminars organised for French and German students since 2013 and for the seminars run by the Forum for Defence and Strategy.
The jury of the European Prize “Citizenship, Security and Defence” met, on October 1, 2019, in Paris, at the headquarters of the Federation André Maginot, 24 bis Boulevard Saint Germain.
After deliberation, the 2019 list goes to the following candidates:
- European Award “Citizenship, Security and Defence”
To the De Gasperi Foundation,
- Special award “European Awareness of Security and Defence”
to the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology of the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), for the master EuroMed : “the EU and the Mediterranean”.
- Special award “remembrance”
to the Albert Schweitzer International Centre, located in Niederbronn-les-Bains (Alsace/France)
- The Special Jury Prize
to the four-monthly magazine “The European – Security and Defence Union”
The award ceremony took place during the Berlin Security Conference on 26 November 2019
photo : Klaus Dombrowsky
Each winer has received the Medal of the President of the French Republic
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In 2018 the jury met in Paris on 30 October and the award ceremony took place on 27November during the Berlin Security Conference
You can see the winners at the address : https://cidan.org/winners/
Each of them, in addition to the Prize, has received the Medal of the President of the French Republic