Status: 26.09.2023, 14:10 p.m.
Carsten Schneider (SPD), Federal Government Commissioner for Eastern Europe, takes part in a press conference. © Patrick Pleul/dpa/Archivbild
An "East-West Dragon Boat Friendship" from Riesa in Saxony, a co-learning space in Fürstenberg an der Havel in Brandenburg or the food rescuers from Halberstadt in Saxony-Anhalt: A total of 106 committed people were awarded the "machen!2023" prize on Tuesday. This award recognises projects for cohesion in rural areas in eastern Germany.
Berlin - "The award winners are proof that the people of East Germany are ready to get involved on the ground and bring about real change, and we support that," said Carsten Schneider, the Federal Government's Commissioner for Eastern Europe. He had launched the competition with prize money totalling 500,000 euros together with the German Foundation for Engagement and Volunteering.
According to the information, more than 850 project ideas were submitted in the categories "Quality of Life & Togetherness", "Intra-German and European Exchange", "Young Generation" and "Shaping the Future". Dpa