Silvana Koch-Mehrin nominated the German initiative „ProQuote Medien“, which is advocating a binding quota for women on the executive level in the media, for the “European Citizen’s Prize”.
Counting by now on about 150 members and 4000 supporters, “ProQuote Medien” fights for a quota of 30% women in the executive level of all print and online media, TV and radio until 2017. Having started off with an open letter to editors and publishers, the initiative is now acting comprehensively as a pressure group for the quota by campaigning, creating public awareness or initiating discourse. More information on the initiative can be found on www.pro-quote.de.
The “European Citizen’s Prize” is awarded each year by the European Parliament. This prize is intended to be an award for exceptional achievements in the following areas:
- Activities or actions by citizens, groups, associations or organisations having displayed an outstanding commitment to promoting better mutual understanding and closer integration between citizens of the Member States; or to facilitating cross-border or transnational cooperation within the European Union. This could also include activities or actions by citizens engaged in long-term, cross-border or transnational cultural cooperation contributing to the strengthening of a European spirit. Preference will be given to projects linked to the current European Year.
- Day to day activities giving concrete expression to the values entailed in the Charter of fundamental rights of the European Union.
Only Members of the European Parliament have the right to submit nominations.