14 Nov 2023
Commission announces winners of 2023 European Social Innovation Competition
Today, the European Commission has officially announced the three winners of the European Social Innovation Competition 2023. This year's challenge was "fighting energy poverty".
The announcement took place in the context of the European Conference “Social Economy: People, Planet, Action”, organised by the Spanish Presidency in San Sebastian within the framework of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The winners are (in alphabetical order)
- City of Eeklo (Belgium)
- EmpowerMed – consortium composed by the following entities:
- Focus Drustvo Za Sonaraven Razvoj (Slovenia)
- Associació catalana d'Enginyeria Sense Fronteres (Spain)
- Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain)
- Women engage for a common future (Germany)
- Geres groups energies renouvables (France)
- Milieukontakt Shqiperi (Albania)
- Sogesca s.r.l. (Italy)
- Drustvo Za Oblikovanje Odrzivog Razvoja (Croatia)
- Fundacio Institut de recerca de l’energia de Catalunya (Spain)
- Fundacion Ecologia y Desarrollo (ECODES) – Spain
Each of the winners will receive €50,000. Moreover, all 15 finalists of this edition will be invited to attend the European Social Innovation Academia in Brussels (31 January and 1 February 2024).
The winners are all social innovation projects with ambitious and impactful tools to tackle this year’s challenge: “fighting energy poverty”. The European Social Innovation Competition 2023 supports proposed solutions coming from social innovators to fight energy poverty in the broadest sense. You can learn more about the winning projects here.