Every two years, the Netherlands presents the EUR 50,000 Max van der Stoel Award to an individual or institution (including non-governmental organizations) for extraordinary achievement in improving the position of national minorities in the OSCE area.
Set up by the Dutch Foreign Ministry in 2001, the award is presented in honour of and named after the first Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), High Commissioner on National Minorities, who served two terms as Dutch Foreign Minister.
Persons, groups or institutions, who believe they have improved the position of minorities in the OSCE region, are encouraged to inform the OSCE field operations in their country or the relevant OSCE delegation in Vienna.
Nominations can only be submitted by Permanent Representations of OSCE participating States, OSCE Institutions and OSCE field operations.
Deadline: 30 June 2011/2013
Find out more about the award and about tjhe profile of previous winners on: http://www.osce.org/hcnm/45111