The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) has announced the launch of the 2021 edition of the CEB Award for Social Cohesion, the annual competition to acknowledge outstanding contributions to social cohesion across Europe. With the Covid-19 pandemic disproportionately impacting the most vulnerable, social action and innovation are needed more than ever. The CEB Award for Social Cohesion will bestow a €25,000 prize on a project that addresses pressing social issues.
The competition is open to small organisations and individuals from the CEB’s 42 member countries who can nominate projects at an early stage of implementation. The deadline for receiving applications is 12 April. ‘The driving force behind this initiative is our search for a way to give recognition to projects which contribute, each in its own way, to social cohesion in Europe. By drawing wider attention to such projects and rewarding them, we want to encourage more activities like these,’ said CEB Governor Rolf Wenzel at the virtual opening event.
In 2021 the CEB is also marking its 65th anniversary. “In the context of the work we have been carrying out for 65 years, every effort, every project, every initiative in the direction of creating inclusive, equitable societies counts – hence the CEB Award,” Governor Wenzel added.