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.

In 2017 the jury met on Thursday 12 October in the Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg,

The award ceremony took place on Tuesday 28 November in the framework of the Berlin Security Conference, organised by the Behörden Spiegel

the 2017 Awards are attributed to the following candidates :

  • The European Award for Citizenship, Security and Defence to the Lithuanian Institute, « House of Arts and Education », together with its Partners in Hungary, Lithuania, Montenegro and Portugal.

For the project « The Road of the Citizen in the Mirror of History » which is intended to remind young people that Human Rights should not be taken for granted and to show how belonging to the European Union helps to defend these rights and to feel more secure than in the isolated past.

  • A Special Award for « Remembrance » to the Commune of Auchy les Mines

For the exceptional participation of the population of this small town in commemorating, in 2014 and 2015, the hundred year anniversaries of the First World War, through many rich and varied activities and in particular, by welcoming delegations representing the British regiments which fought in the Battle of Loos (September/October 1915), including numerous schoolchildren.

  • A Special Award for « Innovation » to Madame Elodie Ferreira

For her work on the representation of conflicts and trauma in museums and memorials, for setting up her website « ComMemories » with the aim of modernising Remembrance and making it an inspiration, not a burden, for her practical guide « Speaking about tragic events with your child », to encourage the publication of her books on « Remembrance explained to children » .