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Nominations for the Democracy Award accepted from June to August

Ministry of Justice
Publication date 18.6.2014 10.51
Press release -

This year, the Ministry of Justice gives the Democracy Award to a project, a group or an innovation that promotes local democracy. Nominations for award winners will be accepted until 30 August. Nominations may be submitted by private individuals, associations and other organisations.

The award,10,000 euros, will be divided among four winners. One of the winners is elected by a public vote, and the remaining three winners will be selected by a jury consisting of three public figures.

The award ceremony takes place on Democracy Day, 14 October, in connection with a seminar held in Helsinki. Short video films of the winners will be shown at the ceremony. Democracy Day is celebrated as part of the European Local Democracy Week, an event launched by the Council of Europe.

The Democracy Award is presented biennially. The objective is to increase awareness of civic society and to identify best practices for fostering active citizenship. It is important to draw attention to the forms of action and the actors that promote local democracy because the future of democracy depends on the opportunities and willingness of citizens to make a difference in their local environments and in society at large.

The Ministry of Justice coordinates the work behind the Democracy Award. This year, partners include the Ministry of Finance, the Finnish Slot Machine Association, the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, the Finnish Federation of Settlement Houses, and Yle morning TV. The President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö is the patron of the award.

The previous Democracy Award, presented in 2012, was on the theme of participation and opportunities for children and young people to influence decision-making.

More information:
Maria Wakeham-Hartonen, Senior Inspector, tel. +358 2951 50416
Niklas Wilhelmsson, Senior Planning Officer, tel. +358 2951 50348
E-mail: [email protected]

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