Charlemagne Youth Prize winners in the European Parliament
The Charlemagne Youth Prize exists for ten years already and this week all winners - past and present - were invited to the European Parliament to celebrate.
The winners visited Parliament on 21-23 November. During the three-day visit the young Europeans enjoyed the opportunity to explore the Parliament's visitors centre Parlamentarium and the House of European History. They also met President Antonio Tajani, while the 2017 winners presented their projects to the culture committee.
The winners from this year saw the award as a major recognition of their voluntary work, stimulating them to continue and broaden their activities.
“You can feel that something what you do voluntarily is helping other people and is appreciated,” said Gabriela Jelonek, from Poland, who got the first prize for her radio show about Erasmus called Erasmus evening. After being awarded the Charlemagne Prize she was even offered jobs in radio stations in Poland and abroad.
“It was the first time we got a broader recognition. It gave us a focus and the confidence to continue,” said Ties Gijzel, from the Netherlands, representing the website Are We Europe where young people from all over Europe contribute stories on a monthly basis.
Also Monika Elend, from Danish project Re-discover Europe, welcomed the prize: "It inspired us to do more.” Together with other young people, she organised an event in the city of Aalborg about the future of Europe and multicultural diversity.
Your chance to win
Registrations have opened for the 2018 edition. If you are aged 16-30 and involved in a project with a European dimension, you can apply until 19 February. Group applications are strongly recommended.
The prize for the best project is €7,500, the second €5,000 and the third €2,500.
More information and the application form can be found on the Charlemagne Youth Prize website.
This year's Charlemagne Youth Prize has been awarded to the Erasmus Evening radio show from Poland. The ceremony took place in Aachen, Germany, on 23 May.
About the prize
The prize is given out by the European Parliament and the International Charlemagne Prize Foundation every year to young people aged between 16 and 30 who have been involved with projects helping to promote understanding between people from different European countries.
Representatives of the 28 national winning projects were invited to the award ceremony on 23 May in Aachen and awarded a diploma and a medal. The projects that came first, second and third received €7,500, €5,000 and €2,500 respectively.
The winners of the 2017 Charlemagne Youth Prize:
- Erasmus Evening (Poland)Erasmus Evening is an online radio show for students considering to study for a period abroad as part of the Erasmus programme. It was broadcast on the student radio station Radio Meteor UAM at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. The guests were Polish students studying abroad and foreigners studying in Poland. The interviews touched upon various issues such as how to submit documents, how to select subjects, find a flat in another country, the differences between universities and opportunities they create, the education system and students´ everyday life.
- Re-discover Europe (Denmark) Re-discover Europe was an event that took place in Aalborg in the north of Denmark, featuring a parade with EU flags, talks about the future of Europe, a multicultural village about the city's rich diversity and a street party.
- Are We Europe (the Netherlands) Are We Europe is an online multimedia platform where young people can submit their stories portraying what it is like being European. The creators of the platform believe that with the current negative portrayal of Europe, it is important to present young Europeans with a new way of perceiving Europe.
Follow the prize on Twitter using the @EUYouthPrize hashtag and the event with #ECYP2017.