The European Disability Forum, Carlos V European Award

The European Disability Forum, Carlos V European Award

The award ceremony will be held on 11 May at the Monastery of Yuste (07/04/2022)

The jury of the 15th edition of the Carlos V European Award, which is organised by the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation, decided to deliver the award to the European Disability Forum (EDF), considering that “with its work it builds a more inclusive Europe and a more social, just and egalitarian Europe, and contributes to the process of European integration, to the values that the European Union defends and so that all citizens can live together in this common space under conditions of equality without suffering discrimination due to their social capacities”.

This is the second time that the Carlos V European Award is delivered to an organisation or project and not a person, where the previous case was that of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe in 2019.

The President of the European Disability Forum, Yannis Vardakastanis, thanked the awarding of this prize with the following message: “It is an honour to receive the Carlos V European Award on behalf of the European Disability Forum. It is a recognition of the deep commitment of the European disability movement to the project of the European Union, and of the 25 years of EDF proving that together we can build a more inclusive and equal Europe for 100 million persons with disabilities.”

The President of Yuste Foundation’s Executive Committee, Rosa Balas, who announced the decision of the jury, recalled the sad events in Europe in recent times, such as the “cruel and bloodthirsty invasion that has put us in check because it has brought war back to Europe”, and the Covid, a disease that does not disappear and that continues to cause “too much death and colossal losses”, she said. In this sense, she called for the union of Europe because “we cannot face the challenges and dangers alone, but together we are capable of improving outcomes and purposes”.

Europe is a living project that is built thanks to concrete achievements and one of them is the European Pillar of Social Rights, “the cornerstone to achieve a social, strong, fair and inclusive Europe”, the President of the Executive Committee stated. She, therefore, claimed the right of people with disabilities “to services that allow them to participate in the labour market and society and to an environment adapted to their needs as this is one of the principles of this pillar”.

According to Balas Torres, the strength of Europe lies in its diversity and in the great number of people that are part of it, because in her opinion, “Europe is a set of values, and institutions like the European Disability Forum make it possible because together, each with his or her different capacities, we build this common home known as Europe”, Balas concluded.

For his part, the Director of Yuste Foundation explained that the solemn award ceremony of the Carlos V European Award will be held on 11 May at the Monastery of Yuste, in an event presided over by His Majesty King Felipe VI, who will be accompanied by international personalities.

As regards the nominations received, the Director of the Foundation noted that the Foundation received 34 proposals from seven European Union countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and Sweden), where 32 was the number of eligible proposals and 18 the number of candidates nominated in this edition. In addition, “128 letters of support have been received from three countries (Belgium, France and Spain)”, he claimed.

European Disability Forum

It is a European NGO that brings together organisations representing 100 million people with disabilities and their families across Europe. The European Disability Forum celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, a period in which it has been defending the rights of people with disabilities and promoting their inclusion, caring for those who need it most and who suffer multiple discriminations simply because they have different capacities, valuing their dignity as people and the great value they are for society. It, thus, favours a more humane Europe that focuses on the well-being of its citizens, providing strong legal frameworks to defend inclusion, accessibility, freedom of movement, independent life, dignity, non-discrimination, active and effective participation in society, respect for difference as part of human diversity and other fundamental rights and freedoms.

Carlos V European Award Grants

Together with the European Carlos V Award, the Foundation is awarding ten Research and Mobility Grants on European Studies for researchers from all over Europe who are preparing a doctoral thesis in any discipline of the humanities and social sciences. In this sense, the director of Yuste Foundation explained that “the grants are related to the figure of the award winner, so the research subject is adapted to the curriculum of the recipient of the award”. The grants have three objectives: to support the development of research on European topics; the existence of a network of expert researchers at European level and to promote their mobility for participation in meetings.  As for the selected researchers, they become part of the Euro-Ibero-American Alumni Network of Yuste “which aims to exchange knowledge so that researchers work together and study specific issues that affect the future of Europe and look for possible solutions to the problems that arise”, said Juan Carlos Moreno. More than 100 researchers from different countries such as Italy, Cyprus, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Russia, Portugal, Mexico, Peru, Cuba and Brazil are currently part of the Network.


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