2019 will be a crucial year for the future of Europe. It might bring decisions regarding the next EU multi-annual budget – including cohesion policy where much is currently at stake in particular for the local level and the partnership principle. Also, Europeans will elect a new Parliament, the composition of which will determine the political orientation of the EU in the years to come.
Europe needs its cities and regions and the social and solidarity economy to reach out to its citizens, detect their real needs and make them part of creating solutions to a number of challenges, such as unemployment or precarious work, social exclusion, discrimination and racism, climate change or increasing instrumentalisation of fears and isolation by extremist forces.
Since more than 20 years, REVES aisbl, the European Network of Cities and Regions for the Social Economy, is promoting co-construction of public policies driven by partnerships between policymakers, public administration and the social and solidarity economy. We believe in cities and regions, that – based on the principles of participation, citizen empowerment and solidarity – have the courage to experiment new forms of community welfare and an economy being at the service of society. The REVES Award is an important means to make these initiatives and their potential visible at EU level and suggest new lines of action for policy-makers.
REVES, in cooperation with jury members representing Social Economy Europe, the European Commission, the European Parliament, ESF Transnational Partnership Network, the Committee of the Regions, the European Economic and Social Committee, ILO and the OECD LEED programme is looking forward to receiving best practices of partnership driven by public authorities and the social and solidarity economy in the following fields:
- Specific local/regional programmes for the development of the social economy
- Strengthening peripheries and rural areas
- Innovative use of public procurement
- Active citizenship
To be eligible your project/initiative has to be based on a real partnership between social and solidarity economy (cooperatives, associations, foundations and others…) and public authorities (of any size). You will be asked to briefly outline the elements which make the presented initiative a real partnership.
Selection criteria include quality and best use of partnership, innovation at local and EU level as well as the potential for dissemination and upscaling (where appropriate).
Describe your initiative by replying to the questions in the online application form.
You have the possibility to submit your application in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Deadline for applications: 31 March 2019
Eligible applicants will have the possibility to present their initiative at a European conference which will be organized in late spring 2019 in Brussels.
The winner will receive a free year of REVES membership.
All eligible applications will be published in the REVES Yearbook 2019.