Schwarzkopf Europe Award


Since 2003, the “Schwarzkopf Europe Award” has been 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 award 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. Tomorrow’s decision-makers’ select personalities or institutions of today who shape Europe with their dedication for a liberal, diverse and sustainable world.

Through the Award and the young jury, the engagement of people who are standing for democratic values such us freedom of expression or preaceful co-existense and a sustainable environment but also fighting against repressive, undemocratic regimes, corruption, ill-treatment and corruption, becomes visible.

This year the Schwarzkopf Europe Prize was awarded to the Norwegian filmmaker Deeyah Khan. In her cinematic works and beyond, she impressively deals with religious and political fundamentalists and perpetrators of violence as well as their radicalisation and gives young migrants a platform. You can find more information about Deeyah Khan here.

Prior to 2010

2009 –  Mirsad Tokaca, Nataša Kandić und Vesna Terselic

2008 – Alexander Stubb (Finnish Politician)

2007 – Aliaksandr Lahvinets (university lecturer, Belarus)

2006 – Dieter Kosslick (Director Berlin International Film Festival)

2004 – Navid Kermani (author and Islamic academic)

2003 – Carla del Ponte (Chief Prosecutor of the Yugoslavian Tribunal)

The award for the “Young European of the Year” is given to young Europeans aged between 18 and 26 years who have distinguished themselves in an exemplary manner concerning their honorary commitment and dedication in the support of international understanding and/or the integration of Europe. Find out more!

The Margot Friedländer Award calls on young people to deal with the Shoah, remembrance work and human engagement against exclusion, anti-Semitism and racism in the present.

The Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe believes that European diversity can best be understood by experiencing it. Our travel grants seek to enable young Europeans to explore and discover their continent, while tackling current political or social questions. By travelling, grantees becomes ambassadors for a united Europe.

Curious how the foundation developed from its founding by Pauline Schwarzkopf 1971 in Hamburg and becoming the umbrella organisation for the EYP in 2004? Find out more about the foundation and its motivation.

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