Nominations open for Coppieters Awards 2020

Coppieters Awards recognise those that stand for cultural diversity, minority rights, peace, democracy and the right to self-determination

News / 02.12.19

Nominations for the fifth edition of the Coppieters Awards are now open.

The main objective of the Coppieters Awards is to identify and support projects, persons and organisations that (1) have successfully managed to find innovative ways to stand for cultural and linguistic diversity, intercultural dialogue, the defence of minorities, support to the right to self-determination, support to the national rights of peoples around the world, peace, democracy and a united Europe, (2) and embody the values of the Coppieters Foundation.

Awardees may be invited to participate at the next Coppieters Foundation General Assembly in the presence of our network of media and civil society organisations. 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 Coppieters Foundation who will lead the discussion.

2 – Nominations

Projects, persons and organisations can be nominated for this award.

We have noticed an over-representation of men in the nominations and award decisions. To correct this and ensure gender balance, for the 2020 Coppieters awards, we will only consider women nominees.

The deadline for nominations is: 25 September 2020.

The nominees should stand for:

  • cultural and linguistic diversity, intercultural dialogue and the defence of minorities;
  • the right to self-determination;
  • collective rights of peoples in Europe and/or around the world;
  • peace and democracy;
  • a united Europe.

Nominations can be put forward by:

  • Coppieters Bureau members;
  • Coppieters honorary members;
  • Coppieters member organisations and associated member organisations;
  • Our collaborators, contributors and researchers;
  • Members of the European Free Alliance group in the European Parliament;
  • European Free Alliance Bureau members;
  • European Free Alliance Honorary members;
  • European Free Alliance member organisations and associated member organisations.

All nominations should be composted of the following elements:

  • Proposal and motivation letter addressed to Xabier Macías, President of the Coppieters Foundation with an explanation as to why the nomination is tabled;
  • Resume/biography of the nominated person/organisation;
  • Other supporting documents with relevant information for the assessment of the Jury (if any).

These should be sent to:

Postal address: EFA-CMC-EFAY (to the attention of Ignasi Centelles), Boomkwekerijstraat 1/4, 1000 Brussel, België



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

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

A decision will be taken unanimously. Should the Jury fail to reach unanimity, the decision will be taken by an absolute majority of votes, or alternatively by simple majority. Should the Jury fail to reach a conclusive verdict by simple majority, a final vote will be held and the nominee that obtains the highest number of votes will be selected.

There will only be one awardee per category (individual and/or collective).

The Jury will meet and decide on the winner at an online meeting in October 2020.

5 – Awards

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

The award ceremony will be held in Brussels (place to be confirmed and subject to change) during the second half of 2020 or first half of 2021. Alternatively and depending on the current covid19 related restrictions the ceremony may take place in a new format, including online / stream, to be defined.

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This award and the Coppieters Foundation are financially supported by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not liable for the content of the award ceremony nor the opinions of the speakers at the event.

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