Schwarzkopf Europe Award

The “Schwarzkopf Europe Award” is awarded to institutions or public figures who have distinguished themselves in an outstanding way by a committed and dedicated service to either European understanding or the growing together of Europe. The awardee is selected by the price winners of the “Young European of the Year”, an award which is also granted by the Schwarzkopf Foundation, out of pool of nominations handed in by young people across Europe.

Until the 10th of June persons under the age of 35 were able nominate public figures or institutions eligible for the “Schwarzkopf Europe Award”!

The Award Winners

    • 2016 – IHA Germany e.V. , Flüchtlinge Willkommen, SOS Méditerranée
    • Which civil society initiatives have particularly touched in 2016? The Young Europeans (the winners of the prize “Young European of the Year”) have decided this year to award the Schwarzkopf Europe Prize 2016 to the three organisations SOS Mediteranée Germany, Inter European Human Aid Association and Flüchtlinge Willkommen which are working with central problem areas of fugitives.
    • Schwarzkopf-Europa-Preisträger*innen 2016Inter European Human Aid Association in Germany focuses on the protection and assistance on the EU borders. There, the initiative provides a quick and demand-driven assistance to fugitives and migrants thanks to a team of volunteers. The initiative Flüchtlinge Wilkommen brings flat shares and refugees together. They provide assistance on questions of co-habitation and financial solutions for private rooms for refugees. SOS Méditerranée Germany not only supports shipwrecked refugees in the Mediterranean sea thanks to the deployment of a rescue ship, but protects and guides fugitives and migrants with the help of medical and psychological care directly on board and provides them with support after their arrival in Europe.
    • Neil MacGregor2015 – Neil MacGregor
      The Schwarzkopf Europe Award 2015 was given to Neil Macgregor for his outstanding dedication to the European self-conception. The exceptional historian manages to unite cultural visions of the past, present and future in an extraordinary way. As an academic person he won’t remain in the alleged ivory tower of academia but coveys his historical knowledge in an innovative manner.
      André Schmitz-Schwarzkopf – Welcoming Speech for Neil MacGregor (in German)
      Prof. Dr. Hermann Parzinger – Laudatio of Neil MacGregor
    • Swetlana Gannushkina2014 – Swetlana GannushkinaThe Schwarzkopf Europe Prize 2014 goes to the human rights activist Svetlana Gannushkina, a 72 year old Russian woman that works in an impressive way for human rights. She fights especially for refugees and displaced persons in Russia and Europe and founded in 1990 the first human rights organization in Russia. Gannushkina, the developed legal bases for the rights of refugees with members of the Russian Duma, says that Germany’s refugee policy plays an important role in Europe. Ina Ruck – Laudatio on Swetlana Gannuschkina 2014 (in German)
      • Ulrich Beck2013 – Ulrich Beck Ulrich Beck received the Schwarzkopf Europe Award 2013. The jury of the Schwarzkopf Foundation, consisting of young people from all over Europe, chose the sociologist out of many candidates. Beck´s commitment for a general orientation according to the European common good and not according to straitened national policies in times of crisis, was one of the main reasons he was selected. He opens his scientific insights to the open debate and contributes to the creation of a European public.
        Ulrich Beck – Speech Award Ceremony 2013 (in German)
        Lukas David Mayer – Laudatio on Ulrich Beck (in German)
      • Martin Schulz2012 – Martin SchulzIn 2012, Martin Schulz has received the Prize. The President of the European Parliament was honoured by the Jury for his tireless advocacy for a solidaric and united Europe.
        Tobias Bütow – Laudatio auf Martin Schulz (in German)
        Video – Festrede Preisverleihung 2012 (in German)
      • Connie Hedegaard2011 – Connie HedegaardConnie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, received the Schwarzkopf Europe Award 2011 for her dedicated and tireless commitment in the fight against Climate Change.
      • Jean-Claude Juncker2010 – Jean-Claude JunckerThe jury of young Europeans decided for Jean-Claude Juncker because of his communication of the historical importance of European integration and cooperation and his exemplary management of the financial crisis. Additionally, he was honoured for his commitment to counteract casual emergences of nationalism in European politics. In the eyes of the young people Jean-Claude Juncker is shaping a Europe they can identify with.
      • sammelbild2009 – Mirsad Tokaca, Nataša Kandić and Vesna TerselicNataša Kandić (Founder and executive director of the Humanitarian Law Center Belgrad), Vesna Terselic (Founder and director of the Documenta Zagreb) and Mirsad Tokaca (Founder and executive director Research and Documentation Center Sarajevo) were jointly awarded the „Schwarzkopf Europe Prize“ 2009 for their tireless efforts for peace and understanding in South-Eastern Europe.
      • Prof. Dr. Christian Schwarz-Schilling – Laudatio on N.Kandić, V.Teršelić , M.Tokača (in German)
      • Alexander Stubb2008 – Alexander StubbThe Foreign Minister of Finland has always been a proponent of European unification. Teaching at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, at the College of Europe in Bruges, Strasbourg, Brussels, Helsinki and in the Caucasus, he has studied the European unification process in depth. His list of publications is endless and focuses on the difficulty of explaining the European Union to youngsters. Alexander Stubb´s political communication, with ease, precision, transparency and responsibility, should be seen as a model for politicians throughout Europe.
      • Aliaksandr Lahvinets2007 – Aliaksandr LahvinetsDuring the time of the “last dictatorship in Europe” Aliaksandr Lahvinets fights for a European future for Belarus, even though he risks a lot by doing so. His efforts include the publication of a number of essays and articles, which mainly deal with the development of relations between the EU and the future democratic Belarus. His real passion lies, however, in the education of young people about Europe. As a university lecturer at several universities in Belarus and an active participant in the Belarusian Robert Schuman Society, he organises events on European topics. He has made a considerable effort towards the creation of a young and new Belarusian generation, which is orientated toward Europe.
      • Dieter Kosslick2006 – Dieter KosslickDieter Kosslick has directed the Berlin International Film Festival since May 2001. He was honoured for his outstanding commitment in the domain of art and culture, especially in the film industry, that strengthens cultural exchange in Europe and generates European understanding. With his dedication, the award winner proves that cultural exchange is key for a successful European Integration and for the development of a European public sphere. Under his direction the Berlinale became a distinguished event within Europe and beyond, contributing to European networking, exchange and communication.
      • Navid Kermani2004 – Navid KermaniThe author and Islamic academic received the award for his contribution to the understanding between Europe and the Islamic world. As an Iranian and German citizen Navid Kermani lives and thinks in both worlds. In his publications, such as “A Life with Islam” (2001), “Brave New Orient” and “Reports on Cities and Wars” (2003) he does not shy away from exercising harsh criticism of the reality in the Islamic world. However he unites this with a thorough analysis of the causes as well as the effects of globalisation on people and faiths. It is precisely his mixture of authenticity and fiction that enables Kermani to reach a wide readership and to confront Europeans with the divisions and diversity of the Islamic world.
      • Carla del Ponte2003 – Carla del PonteThe Chief Prosecutor of the Yugoslavian Tribunal was the first winner of the Schwarzkopf Foundation “Young Europe” award which was initiated in 2003. Carla del Ponte is merited for her pioneering commitment in the Balkans, for her courage and her persuasiveness with which she contributed to the progressive change of the elite in South East Europe, pressing for more peace and accord. Again and again she demanded the unconditional support of the Yugoslavian Tribunal and was never afraid to criticise politicians of whichever background or origin.