“Armut und Gesundheit in Deutschland” is the association that Gabi Bischoff President of the Workers’ Group at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), proposed last year, and which won. Awarded annually and worth a total of EUR 50 000, the prize is intended to reward initiatives by civil society or private organisations that have made a significant contribution to helping other people and so actively embody EU values such as humanity and solidarity. “Our prize is especially about solidarity,” said Ms Bischoff.
On 22 July she visited the association which is dedicated to providing medical treatment to the poor and socially disadvantaged.
Read more about the project here.
The EESC has made combating poverty and social exclusion one of its priorities under the current presidency, in order to further social, economic and territorial cohesion in Europe. It has already drafted a number of opinions on the subject, including a proposal for a European minimum income and fairer taxation policy.