Launch of the 2015 European Charlemagne Youth Prize
The competition for next year's European Charlemagne Youth Prize was launched on Tuesday, 2 December. Now in its eighth year, the prize is awarded to young people who have developed projects to foster understanding between people from different European countries. The deadline for submissions is 2 February 2015.
The Charlemagne Youth Prize is organised jointly by the European Parliament and the International Charlemagne Prize Foundation in Aachen and awarded each year for projects ran by people aged between 16 and 30.
The winning projects should provide models for young people living in Europe and offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community.
Past winners include youth exchange programmes and artistic and internet projects with a European dimension.
Prize money of €10,000
The three winning projects (chosen from the 28 projects nominated by national juries in the individual EU member states) will be awarded €5,000, €3,000, and €2,000 respectively. Their representatives will be invited to visit the European Parliament in Brussels or Strasbourg in the autumn.
Representatives of the 28 national winning projects will be invited to the Charlemagne Youth Prize award ceremony and the International Charlemagne Prize of the City of Aachen award ceremony during a four-day trip to Aachen in May 2015.
Our Europe, a Danish travel project, was awarded the first prize at the 2014 Charlemagne Youth Prize ceremony in Aachen University on 27 May 2014. The second prize went to the JouwDelft & Co youth congress from The Netherlands and the third to the Employment4U, a training project from Cyprus. Representatives of the three winning projects were invited to Brussels to meet President Schulz and other Members of the European Parliament on 1 and 2 December 2014.
• Launch of the competition and online applications:: 2nd December
• Deadline for applications:: 2nd February 2015
• Selection of the 28 projects by the national juries: 13 March 2015
• Selection of the three winning projects by the European jury: 23 April 2015
• Award ceremony in Aachen: 12 May 2015
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