Jean Monnet Prize for European Integration

As part of our efforts to promote European integration and federalism, we are proud to present the Jean Monnet Prize for European Integration. Awarded annually, this prize recognises and celebrates achievements that contribute to supporting and strengthening European integration.

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What is the Jean Monnet Prize for European integration?

The Jean Monnet Prize for European Integration aims at honouring Jean Monnet’s memory and life achievements. It does so by rewarding talented individuals or groups having contributed to supporting or strengthening European Integration through a project they designed and implemented. The winning project receives a 1,500€ grant.

What is a project contributing to European integration?

EuropeanConstitution.eu takes a broad view of European integration and believe it is as much about the people than about institutions. Many projects can therefore be considered to contribute to European integration or promote the European spirit.

You create or facilitate exchange programmes within the EU? Apply! You contribute to language learning or cultural encounters? Apply! Your project promotes the discovery of European history or shared knowledge about our heritage? Apply!

We believe that people’s imagination and creativity are endless; this is why we are opening wide the range of projects we can support. If your project relates to the EU, we want to hear about it!

When can I apply?

The Jean Monnet Prize is awarded annually on 9 November, on the day of Jean Monnet’s birth.

The application period for the 2019 edition will run from 9 August to 9 October. During the application period, a link will be provided to the online application procedure.

Past editions

In 2018, the Jean Monnet Prize was organised under the patronage of the European Commission Representation in France. For its work to advance mobility and the first-hand discovery of Europe for all youths, #FreeInterrail won the 2018 edition of the Jean Monnet Prize for European Integration. Political Critique and UE Lib’ were recognised as runners-up. Read here for more information about the 2018 edition.

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Activists Martin Speer and Vincent-Immanuel Here, initiators of the #FreeInterrail campaign, recipient of the 2018 Jean Monnet Prize.
Read more about Jean Monnet

Jean Monnet was born in Cognac, France, on 9 November 1888. Through his family’s cognac business, he travelled extensively, including to the United Kingdom and the United States. He contributed to the war effort of both World Wars by aligning the war industries of Allied powers and, during World War II, worked tirelessly to prepare the US industry for the country’s direct involvement. Jean Monnet also served as Deputy Secretary General of the League of Nations during the inter-war period.

After 1945, Monnet became an influential supporter of European unity, including through his Action Committee for the United States of Europe and led to the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community, the first European institution endowed with supranational powers, of which he became the first president. A strong supporter of European federalism, Jean Monnet has been called “The Father of Europe” and was instrumental in setting up what became the European Union.

Read more about Jean Monnet, including in his own words at the Jean Monnet Foundation.