The Carlos V European Awards organised by The European Academy of Yuste Foundation will be held on an annual basis from now on and be open to individuals, initiatives, institutions and projects that have contributed to exalting the European Union. Awards will be delivered on the 9th of May, European Union Day, at the Monastery of Yuste.
Until now, awards were given every two years and only to highlighted celebrities, for their contribution to the idea of Europe. However, the reason for the changes to the eleventh edition is to recognise the contributions to the general knowledge and towards exalting the cultural, social, scientific and historical values of Europe, and building and integrating Europe from any sphere of society.
The director general of Exterior Affairs, Rosa Balas, and the director of The European Academy of Yuste Foundation, Juan Carlos Moreno, have informed about these novelties and that the call to submit candidacies is now open. The term shall run from today, the 5th December, until the 31st January 2017.
The director of The European Academy of Yuste Foundation said that candidacies must be submitted both in English and Spanish, and be endorsed by institutions, entities, associations, etc. Candidates must also belong to the sphere of the countries of European Union, the European Free Trade Association or candidate countries for adhesion to the EU, and ensure the acceptance of the award and the attendance of the award winners at the awards ceremony and any activities organised in this respect.
The financial allocation for this 11th Edition of the Carlos V European Awards is 30,000 euros. Documentation may be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by registered mail or delivered by hand to The European Academy of Yuste Foundation.
The Carlos V European Awards, an award that has been recognising the role carried out by the leading characters and driving forces behind the European building process since 1995, was created with the purpose of rewarding the individuals, organisations, projects or initiatives that have contributed to the general knowledge and exaltation of the cultural, social, scientific and historical values of Europe, as well as the building and integration process of Europe with their efforts and dedication.
The award shall be given by the Board of The European Academy of Yuste Foundation at the proposal of a jury formed by renowned celebrities in the scientific, cultural, historiographical, institutional, academic, social, or political spheres.
A total of 22 candidates from organisations of 7 countries of the European Union came forward in the last edition, and 17 was the total number of candidates nominated to receive a Carlos V European Award.
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During the presentation of the new edition, the director general of Exterior Affairs, Rosa Balas, said that the Carlos V European Awards will take a step forward by becoming an annual award, and she also highlighted that, as the ceremony will be held on or around the European Union Day, it will become a “regional, national and European event that will bring together the driving force behind the European building process”. She also said that the award is linked to the concession of European research and mobility scholarships for European studies.
Those who have received this award are inspiring examples for the rest of society and with their recognition, we have sought to give more visibility to the significant advancements achieved while remaining united in Europe. A good example of this is the last award winner, the Italian teacher, Sofia Corradi, the driving force behind the most important European student exchange programme: Erasmus.
In times where Europe needs role models that strengthen and reinforce the cohesion between countries to give answers to the pressing challenges of a globalised world, the Carlos V European Awards would like to place value on all the efforts and work of the role models that make possible a more robust, social and democratic Europe.