First edition of the Coppieters awards

News / 10.11.15

The first edition of the Coppieters Awards kicks off today (11th November 2015) on the 10th anniversary of Maurits Coppieters passing away with the purpose of honoring individuals and organizations that, like Coppieters himself, stand out in defense of cultural and linguistic diversity, intercultural dialogue, defense of minorities, support for the right to self-determination, support for the national rights of peoples around the world, peace, democracy and a united Europe.

The main objective of the Coppieters Awards is to identify and support projects, persons and organizations that (1) have successfully managed to find innovative ways to stand for the above mentioned values (2) and embody the values of the Centre Maurits Coppieters.

Awardees may be invited to participate at the Centre Maurits Coppieters General Assembly that will take place in the presence of the Coppieters network of media and civil society organizations. Awardees may also be invited to participate in regional or global events that can serve as platforms to present their projects or ideas.





The selection process for the Coppieters Awards is guided by the principles of fairness, transparency and integrity. The steps outlined are intended to retain the integrity of the process whilst preserving a level of flexibility in the creation of an open and effective competitive procedure.

The selection process is as follows:

1 – Jury

The jury shall consist of the Advisory Scientific Council and the President of the Centre Maurits Coppieters who will lead the discussion.

2 – Nominations

Nominations are accepted for a period of 2 Months from the date of publication. (11th November 2015 to 11th January 2016)
Nominations can be formalised by:
Centre Maurits Coppieters’ Bureau members
Centre Maurits Coppieters’ honorary members
Centre Maurits Coppieters’ member organisations and associated member
Centre Maurits Coppieters’ collaborators, contributors and researchers
Members of the European Free Alliance group in the European Parliament
European Free Alliance’s Bureau members
European Free Alliance’s Honorary members
European Free Alliance’s member organisations and associated member organisations

3 – Eligibility screening and shortlisting

Awards may not be given Posthumously.

All submissions will be assessed and the above eligibility criteria must be considered and met. Up to 10 nominations will be shortlisted for the consideration of the Jury.

4 – Selection of finalists, final evaluation and decision

Finalists will be selected by an international jury of experts composed of scholars, practitioners and representatives of civil society organizations in the Centre
Maurits Coppieters network.

The Final decision will be taken by unanimity amongst the Jury. Should the Jury fail to achieve unanimity, the decision will be taken by an absolute majority
of votes in the Jury, alternatively by simple majority. Should the Jury fail to reach a conclusive verdict by simple majority, a final vote considering only the
nominees with more support will be held.

The projects, persons and organizations will be assessed on the basis of their work’s relevance, quality, clarity and innovation.

The jury will meet and decide on the winner of the Awards mid January 2016.

5 – Awards
There will be an individual award, for moral persons, and a collective award, for projects, juridical persons, organization and/or social movements.
The Awards do not consist of a monetary prize.


All nominations should be composted of the following elements:

1 – Proposal and motivation letter addressed to Xabier Macias, President of the Centre Maurits Coppieters with an explanation why the nominations
is tabled.
Postal address
EFA-CMC-EFAY (to the attention of Ignasi Centelles)
Boomkwekerijstraat 1/4
1000 Brussel


2 – Resume / bio of the nominated person / organization
3 – Other supporting documents with relevant information for the assessment of the Jury (if any)


The Awards ceremony will be held in Brussels during the first quarter of 2016.

For more information please DOWNLOAD the nomination guidelines.

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This Award and the Centre Maurits Coppieters is financially supported by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not liable for the content of the conference nor the opinions of the speakers at the awards ceremony.