If you want to join us to celebrate the 3 winners of the Second European Social Innovation Competition, register your attendance request by clicking HERE. The Ceremony will take place at Arsenal, a former military headquarters turned into a conference facility (Chaussée de Wavre 950, 1040 Brussels). The venue is easily accessible by metro (Station Pétillon, Line 5) and by car (five-minute drive from the European district). The event is expected to start at 14.30 and close at 18.30, with lunch before and cocktail afterwards – consult the programme.
The Ceremony will mark the culmination of the Competition. From the 1,254 entries received to tackle the Job Challenge, the European Commission will award the 3 best ideas with a prize of €30,000 each from the 10 finalists which have been selected. Last year prizes were awarded by President Barroso. This year they will presented by Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Enterprise and Industry.
The event will provide a unique occasion to meet not only the finalists and winners, but all 30 semi-finalists of the Competition, to learn about their ideas, to advise on the problems they face and – why not? – to offer your support.
The Ceremony will conclude 2 days dedicated to social innovation in Brussels. On 19 May and 20 May (morning) the Commission is organising a Social Policy Innovation Conference to present the new Employment and Social Innovation programme and to explore ways to translate social innovation into systemic change.