CEB Award for Social Cohesion shortlists five projects

25 May 2021

PARIS (25 May) – The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) is pleased to announce five shortlisted projects for the second edition of the CEB Award for Social Cohesion.  

The annual competition launched in 2020 recognises outstanding contributions to social cohesion across Europe and bestows a €25,000 prize on a project that addresses pressing social issues in one of the CEB’s 42 member countries.   

Selected among more than 120 nominations the shortlisted projects for 2021 include:

  • Missing Children Europe by Fédération européenne pour enfants disparus et sexuellement exploités, Belgium
  • Welcommon Hostel by Wind of Renewal, Greece
  • El Sistema Greece Youth Orchestra by El Sistema Greece
  • Hope has address - Razeni social bakery&catering by Eco-Association Razeni, Republic of Moldova
  • Small Projects Istanbul, Turkey   

A Preselection Panel comprising five CEB staff members with expertise in social projects, sustainability and evaluation reviewed all nominated entries and assessed them on impact, sustainability and innovation/replicability.  

An international Jury of experts will meet in a few weeks to select the winner, who will be revealed at the virtual Award ceremony on 11 June.  

For more information about the shortlisted entries and the CEB Award for Social Cohesion please visit 

Set up in 1956, the CEB (Council of Europe Development Bank) has 42 member states. Twenty-two Central, Eastern and South Eastern European countries, forming the Bank's target countries, are listed among the member states. As a major instrument of the policy of solidarity in Europe, the Bank finances social projects by making available resources raised in conditions reflecting the quality of its rating (Aa1 with Moody's, outlook stable, AAA with Standard & Poor's, outlook stable, AA+ with Fitch Ratings, outlook stable and AAA* with Scope Ratings, outlook stable). It thus grants loans to its member states, and to financial institutions and local authorities in its member states for the financing of projects in the social sector, in accordance with its Articles of Agreement.