The European Award for Citizenship, Security and Defence



The European Award for Citizenship, Security and Defence is intended to reward outstanding efforts towards promoting European citizenship, and European security and defence awareness. The prize was first awarded in 2011, under the High Patronage of the President of the European Council.
The prize is organised annually by the association “Civisme Défense Armées Nation” (CiDAN), together with the European Interparliamentary Security and Defence Association, and with the support of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Information regarding the organisation is available now on this website, but you may write to :

euro-award@cidan.org if you have any question

Applications should be forwarded before 30 September according to the rules.


In 2016, the Jury for the European Award for Citizenship, Security and Defence met in the Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg, on Thursday 13 October 2016, under the Chairmanship of Robert WALTER, President of the ESDA. This jury included in particular representatives of the EU Military Committee, the EU Military Staff and the EUROCORPS.

The French Embassy in Berlin kindly hosted the Award Ceremony, on Monday 28 November 2016, in the framework of the Berlin Security Conference, organised by the Behörden Spiegel


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The 2016 winners are:

The European Award for Citizenship, Security and Defence goes to EuroDefense-Spain and EuroDefense-Portugal

for their organisation of the Vth EuroDefense Conference of Young Europeans and its follow-up.  70 young delegates, university graduates and military cadets, from six countries of the European Union met to exchange ideas, opinions and reflections in a multidisciplinary context on “The Defence of Europe: Past, Present and Future”,


Special Award “Military Ethics” to the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace (Department of Philosophy of the University of Stockholm),

for its training of young researchers, studies on military ethics, publications, conferences and networking of researchers, policy-makers, military practitioners, and the public, mainly in the Nordic States,


Special Award for “Remembrance” to the French association “Mondement 1914 – the soldiers of the Marne –  Joffre – Foch”,

for commemorating, each year and publicising, especially in 2014, the first battles on the Marne,  with the aim of informing younger generations, in connection with the Saxon Military History Association from Dresden, the Royal Fusiliers in  London and the German International School in Paris


Special Award “European Security and Defence Awareness” to Dr Carolin Rüger from the Institute for Political Science and Sociology of the University of Würzburg (Germany),

for her research work and teaching on the European Common Security and Defence Policy, and specifically for her comprehensive studies of the elaboration, implementation and perception of the policy by  a European public.


The medal of the President of the French Republic was also presented to each of the winners.

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© Behörden Spiegel, Klaus Dombrowsky