The aim of this award, launched in 2014, is to shed a spotlight on the political importance of Roma integration in the EU enlargement process, to enhance the role of the civil society and to show the EU’s determination and commitment to enhance social inclusion of Roma people. Roma are part of our European societies and share a rich culture and history inextricably linked to Europe. However, their potential is still too often stifled. Therefore, the EU supports Roma inclusion, integration and empowerment to help them – in particular young people – to play a more active role in their local communities and thereby benefit the whole society. “Through today’s award, the EU honors people committed to be promotors of a more inclusive society. The selected winners are not only great actors of today, they are also the shapers of tomorrow,” said European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner Johannes Hahn. More information is available here.