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Twenty-eight candidates for the European Charlemagne Youth Prize 2014

"Our Europe" wins 2014 European Charlemagne Youth Prize

Our Europe,a Danish travel project, was awarded first prize at the 2014 Charlemagne Youth Prize ceremony in Aachen University on 27 May. The second prize went to the JouwDelft & Co youth congress from The Netherlands and the third to the Employment4U, a training project from Cyprus. The European Charlemagne Youth Prize is awarded annually to projects that foster a shared sense of European identity and integration among young people.

The first prize was awarded by EP Vice-President Anni Podimata, the second by former EP president Hans-Gert Pöttering and the third by Mayor of Aachen Marcel Philip.

Denmark - Our Europe

The Our Europe project is extracting and communicating new and relevant information, stories and opinions from inside the European youth generation. Our Europe involves thousands of young people from 24 countries and promotes European and international understanding through an exploration of what is going on in and around the generation of young Europeans.

A team from Our Europe spent a year travelling through 24 European countries. They lived in the homes of young people and made hour-long interviews about existential, educational and working conditions and published radio programs, films, articles, interviews and pictures on their website. These aim to "enhance the understanding between young Europeans as the user can meet and hear opinions and circumstances for a homosexual man from Seville, a social entrepreneur from Athens, and an unemployed girl in personal crisis from Amsterdam, among many others". Additionally, in an experimental and successful Skype-session collaboration with 21 Danish schools, Our Europe talked live from Europe to 2,800 young Danish students.

Our Europe describes themselves as "cultural and political adventurers who want to bring other people on an explorative journey into the innermost heart of the European youth generation".

The Netherlands - JouwDelft & Co

JouwDelft & Cois a European youth congress that took place from 19 to 24 November 2012. It made an effort to find local-scale solutions to reduce youth unemployment in Europe. JouwDelft & Co. brought young active European citizens and policy advisors from all over Europe together to come up with a solution to this ever growing problem. Afterwards, a resolution about youth unemployment and the policies the youngsters suggested was made and was sent to the European Parliament in November 2013. Furthermore a European youth network linking ten different European countries was established, which can be used for projects like JouwDelft & Co. in the future.

Cyprus - Employment4U

Youth Dynamics hosted a youth training course from 13 to 20 April 2013. The week-long programme involved seminars, presentations, workshops, visits and discussions based on the topic of Youth Unemployment. 26 participants from 9 EU countries (Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Spain, Portugal, Lithuania, Poland, Italy) took part. The overall aim of the training course was to promote youth employability, improve young people's individual employability, the exchange of active job search strategies and to promote networking.


The three winning projects will receive funding of €5,000, €3,000 and €2,000 respectively. Their representatives will also be invited to visit the European Parliament in Brussels in the coming months.

Representatives of the 28 projects which took part were invited to the award ceremony on 27 May in Aachen and were awarded a diploma and a medal.

The award ceremony was organised jointly by the European Parliament and the International Charlemagne Prize Foundation. It was hosted by Aachen University.

Welcome speeches were given by EP Vice-President Anni Podimata, International Charlemagne Prize Foundation Chairman Michael Jansen and Rector of Aachen University Ernst Schmachtenberg.

Audiovisual material from the ceremony is available on request and will be made available on the website below.

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Charlemagne Youth Prize website with summaries of all 28 national projects:

More information on Our Europe:

More information on JouwDelft & Co:

More information on Employment4You:

Audiovisual website:

Further information:

Armin Wisdorff: +32 4 98 98 13 45 -

The national winning entries for the annual European Charlemagne Youth Prize, now in its seventh year, have been announced. Twenty-eight national projects were chosen from 370 projects in total. The competition is open to young people aged between 16 and 30 who have been involved with projects helping to promote understanding between peoples of different European countries. The three final European winners will be announced at an award ceremony in Aachen (Germany) on 27 May 2014.

As well as promoting European and international understanding, the winning projects should serve as role models for young people living in Europe and offer practical examples of Europeans living together, such as youth events, youth exchanges or Internet projects with a European dimension. This year's candidates submitted projects from different domains, such as fighting youth unemployment, organising European arts festivals and European youth camps and many more.

Selection of the 28 national winners from 370 projects on total

National juries in each of the 28 EU Member States consisting of at least two MEPs and one representative of a youth organisation selected a national winner. In total 370 projects from all 28 Member States were submitted to the national juries. This is the second best result since the launch of the Prize in 2008 but the first time that we have 28 national winners!

Selection of the final European winners

A European jury, consisting of the President of the European Parliament, three MEPs, and four representatives of the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize, will select the three final European winners, from the 28 projects submitted by national juries. The three winners will be announced on 27 May 2014 in Aachen.

Fostering a shared sense of European identity

Organised by the European Parliament and the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen, ECYP winners will be awarded €2,000, €3,000 and €5,000 as third, second and first prize respectively, for existing projects that foster a shared sense of European identity and cooperation.

Representatives of the best projects from each of the 28 EU Member States will be invited to Aachen, on 27 May 2014, to participate in the award ceremony. Winners will participate as well in the official Charlemagne Ceremony that will be awarded to Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, two days later on 29 May.

The Prize can be followed via Twitter on @EUyouthPrize and via the hashtag #ECYP2014

The latest information on the Charlemagne Youth Prize 2014 can be found on the website dedicated to the Prize:

List of the 28 national winners:

Charlemagne Youth Prize Webseite with links to the 28 national projects:
Further information on Our Europe:
Further information on JouwDelft & Co:
Further information on Employment4You:
Homepage of the audiovisual service:



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