Kurz bestows Europe-State Award for the first time

Recognition for civil-society, media and youth for their contribution to a common Europe

Vienna, 13 June 2015 - On the occasion of the European Forum Wachau, which takes place at Göttweig monastery,  Federal Minister, Sebastian Kurz today presented the first Europe-State-Aaward.  “There is an exceptionally high number of committed citizens and organisations in our country, who have committed themselves to strengthening Europe-awareness. This award was created especially for them, in honour of their tireless contributions.” The Europe-State-Award, which was provided for by the government programme following an initiative by the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs is awarded for the first time this year on the occasion of the 20 year anniversary of Austria’s EU accession. It is endowed with a total of € 10.500 in three categories of € 3.500 each for projects in the fields of civil-society, reporting on Europe and youth. The winners were selected from around 130 applications from all federal provinces.

Federal Minister Kurz also thanked the nine members of the body of experts and the advisory board for the in depth and time consuming examination of the applications. “I am very glad of the great interest and want to take this opportunity to thank all of the applicants from the bottom of my heart for their participation and even more for their commitment to Europe. The winning projects represent some of the most important European themes for the future – from a Europe of chances and of standing together up to a Europe of active citizen participation and an active youth”, Sebastian Kurz closed.