Mr Şener Elcil, General Secretary of KTOS (Cyprus Turkish Teacher Trade Union), one of ETUCE Member organisations in Cyprus, has been awarded the 2016 European Citizen’s Prize for his continuous efforts put in the development of mutual understanding and peace, and for his strong advocacy for free quality education.

Since 2008 the European Parliament awards the European Citizen’s Prize every year to individuals and initiatives that facilitate cross-border cooperation or promote mutual understanding within the EU.  It is awarded upon nominations of Members of European Parliament and intended to acknowledge the work of those who through their day-to-day activities promote European values.

The national award ceremonies will be followed by a central ceremony, to be held in October in the Parliament in Brussels.

ETUCE would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mr Elcil upon this award showing deserved recognition for his commitment in favour of a more just and fair society throughout his career.