On 14 October, Volonteurope member Gemeinsam leben & lernen in Europa (GLL) was invited to the European Parliament in Brussels to receive a European Citizen’s Prize.

Speaking about this year’s laureates, EP Vice President Sylvie Guillaume noted that they were involved in “helping the most vulnerable, fighting against discrimination, defending intercultural dialogue, campaigning for more tolerance, involving young people on European projects, acting for freedom of speech”. She thanked them for upholding the “European model based on rights, justice and democracy”.

Perdita Wingerter, GLL’s Chief Executive, said: “We – as a very small NGO – are very proud to be recognised by the European parliament. It shows that they see the value of civil society and the contribution of volunteering. At the awards ceremony in Brussels, I have met so many inspiring people, doing so much great work across Europe. We have so much in common, we can learn from one another and we can support each other. Being surrounded by my fellow prize winners, I really felt proud to be a European.”

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Notes to Editors

Volonteurope is an international network promoting volunteering, active citizenship and social justice in Europe and beyond. Volonteurope works at all levels, from the local to the international, and across the public, private and third sectors, facilitating exchange, fostering collaboration, and carrying out research and advocacy.

The European Citizen’s Prize is awarded every year by the European Parliament to projects and initiatives that facilitate cross-border cooperation or promote mutual understanding within the EU, and defend European values.

Gemeinsam leben & lernen in Europa is a grassroots, volunteer-led civil society organisation based in Eastern Bavaria, Germany that works at local, national and European levels to promote volunteering and equality, and combat discrimination.