European Year 2012 Awards

As part of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012, the European Commission has launched the European Year (EY2012) 2012 Awards!

The aim of the awards is to celebrate organisations and individuals promoting active ageing through their activities.

The EY2012 Awards includes six categories:

  • Workplaces for all Ages, open to employers, trade unions and not-for-profit organisations that promote better working conditions for older employees;
  • Towards Age-Friendly Environments, open to regional or local authorities that create an age-friendly environment (inclusive and accessible local environment which facilitates active ageing and improves the quality of life of all generations);
  • Social Entrepreneurs, open to social entrepreneurs which are promoting active ageing and solidarity between generations;
  • Reporting on Ageing and Relations between Generations, open to journalists (written and audio-visual media) whose work have contributed to a better understanding of the challenges of an ageing population and the way to address them;
  • Life Story Challenge, open to members of the younger generation which are invited to tell the story of an active older person and present his/her noteworthy contribution he/she is making in the family, in society, or at work;

Generations@school┬áthis category recognises the most creative intergenerational projects realised under the ‘generations@school project’, open from March to 30 June.
Entries must be submitted in one of the official languages of the European Union through the online entry form, by the relevant deadline for each category. The work or activity submitted must have been carried out in an EU Member State, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.

Written entries that exceed 3 000 words have to include a summary of no more than 500 words. Audio-visual entries longer than six minutes have to include a summary of up to 1:30 minutes. Videos should be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and submitted as a link. Make sure that the content will be active until the end of 2012. Audio-visual entries must be accompanied by a short script (maximum of one page) summarising the entry.

The competition (with the exception of the ‘generations@school’ category) is open to all citizens of EU Member States until 1 September 2012.

The finalists in each category will be invited to the EY2012 Active Ageing Awards ceremony, which is planned to take place in Brussels in November.

All details are available here.