UK Winner of European Parliament/Charlemagne Youth Prize: EurVoice
EurVoice, the outreach scheme of the European Youth Parliament UK, have won the UK national heat of the European Parliament/CYP competition.
This youth project will go forward as the UK's entry in the competition held across all 28 Member States of the European Union.
Aims of the Competition
The Charlemagne Youth Prize aims to encourage the development of European consciousness amongst young people. The Prize is awarded annually to a project which "fosters understanding, promotes the development of a shared sense of European identity and offers practical examples of Europeans living together as one community". Each Member State of the EU submits one project to represent their country. There is one overall winner and two runners up at the European stage.
What is EurVoice?
EurVoice is about young people finding their European voice. The European Youth Parliament UK launched EurVoice in 2010 as its very own outreach scheme; the intention was to extend European awareness to young people from disadvantaged areas.
EurVoice events begin with workshops where school groups are encouraged to discuss topics such as Britain's place in Europe and the European image of young people. The discussions in the workshops evolve into the design and creation of panel discussions.
Community leaders and public figures such as MEPs and business leaders are invited to sit on the panel discussions. The event then takes on a question and answer style format between the audience of students and the panel. Questions are posed based on the topics which have previously been discussed in the workshops.
The national entries were judged by MEPs and a youth representative. The jury felt the project was pro-active, innovative and mostly volunteer-led with some excellent results. They commented that "the prize, if the UK winner goes on to win the European round, would go a long way to extend the project to reach more audiences with a focus on young people aged 11-18 - it is a worthy winner".
Congratulations to EurVoice
The project is really inspiring as it promotes European consciousness amongst young people, helping them to consider the UK's place in the European Union. Everyone at the London-based team of the UK Office of the European Parliament wishes you good luck in the next European stage of the European Parliament/Charlemagne Youth Prize.
The three winning projects will be selected by the European jury on 23 April with the award ceremony taking place in Aachen on 12 May 2015.