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EESC Design Eleven – 2011 European Design Award For A Sustainable Present

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is launching the second edition of a competition to design an innovative, sustainable and creative design product, including packaging, with a strong civil society message.

The purpose is to create an innovative design product with packaging and carrying the EESC logo, which will be officially adopted by the EESC as a promotional item for its members to use during official visits and on other selected occasions.

The winning design will be produced and distributed in a limited edition in 2012/2013 as part of the EESC’s communication strategy.


Design students and young designers are asked to be confronted with a quite increasing global change, by creating innovative and pertinent solutions, through a process of participative design (final users taking part in the design process) and/or co-design (cross-generation team-building – young and elder designers collaborations).

By this initiative, the EESC is taking on a double challenge: fostering sustainable, innovative, smart and creative design, and investing in sustainable public procurement by promoting a new, social-driven, environmentally-friendly form of communication tools: a promotional gift, with functional and ethical qualities.

The design award, initiated by the European Economic and Social Committee, intends to support smart and sustainable European products, by the same time putting focus on the work of organised civil society.

The second edition of the European Design Award For A Sustainable Present will be focusing on a quite important issues: Intergenerational solidarity in times of an ageing population.


The winning design will be produced and distributed in a limited edition in 2012/2013 as part of the EESC’s communication strategy.

The winning designers (1st, 2nd and 3rd prize-winners) will be informed by the EESC in writing and invited to Brussels for the awards ceremony and the opening of an exhibition of selected entries.

  • 1st prize: €7,000
  • 2nd prize: €4,000
  • 3rd prize: €2,000


  • Entries must be designs suitable for low-cost production. Production costs may not exceed €20,000 (not including tax) for 200 – 300 units, including packaging and delivery to Brussels. The use of highly fragile materials should be avoided. The limited series production process must be guaranteed by the winning designer and will be followed up in collaboration with the EESC Design Eleven board of advisors.
  • The competition is open to design students and professional designers, either as individuals or teams, born or resident in one of the 27 European Union Member States.
  • Entrants must declare that they are the owners of their designs and that no rights of third parties will be infringed by their publication.
  • All entries must be the original work of the designer and not in production.

How to enter?

The registration for this competition is done in two steps:

  1. Register yourself
  2. Submit your product