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Is my project a good candidate for the competition?

We are looking for projects promoting European and international understanding; foster the development of a shared sense of European identity and integration; and provide role models for young people living in Europe and offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community.

I am not sure if my type of project would be eligible. How can I check?

Have a look at the “Past winners” section to have an idea of what type of projects won the Prize in the past.

Can I submit a recently completed project?

Yes. However, please consider that the project should be sufficiently mature so the jury can evaluate its results. If, for example, your project just started or if is still an idea, we suggest to submit it for next year’s edition of the Prize.

Is there a maximum number of applications?

No. Applicants are allowed to submit different projects.

How do I submit my project?

You fill in the on-line application and you may upload documents and pictures illustrating your project.

When is the deadline for submission?

22 February 2021 (23:59:59 CET)

Who should submit the application?

It is up to project team to decide. In some cases, it may be the team leader, a programme manager, a communication officer or just a regular participant.

In which language can I submit the application?

The application form is available in all official EU languages.

In which Member State should I submit my project?

In the case of group and multinational projects, the project should be submitted in one country only which is closely linked to the project.

Can I submit a project that had already been submitted for a previous edition of the competition ?

Yes. Projects that are not amongst the three final winners of previous editions of the Prize Competition can submit their project again.

Can I send the application also by email?

No. We suggest you prepare your application offline with the requested data, which you can then copy into the online application form.

Do I have to submit my application in one step?

Yes. Submit your application in one go as it is not possible to save the application and to return to it at a later stage.

Why do I have to fill out two project descriptions in the application form?

The brief project description should be in English, French or German, as it will allow the Prize Secretariat to refer to it as needed.

You may write the long project description in any of the official EU languages. It should show how it promotes European and international understanding, fosters the development of a shared sense of European identity and integration, and how it provides a role model for young people living in Europe.

What happens once my project is submitted?

Within one month following the submission deadline, national juries composed of Members of the European Parliament and representatives of national youth organisation will decide upon the national winners in all Member States. We then contact the winners and inform them about the next steps.

During the European Charlemagne Youth Prize Award Ceremony in Aachen on May 11th 2021, the three European laureates will be announced.

What do we get when we have been selected as a winner?

One representative per project will be invited to the Aachen Winners’ Week from 10th to 13th May 2021. Costs for the participation in this event are borne by the European Parliament and the International Charlemagne Foundation of Aachen.

All project representatives will receive a medal and a certificate from the European Parliament President and the Chairman of the International Charlemagne Foundation.

The prize for the best project is €7500, the second €5000 and the third €2500. As part of the prize, the three European laureates are invited to present their projects in the European Parliament in Brussels or Strasbourg.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Please send your enquiries in English, French, German or Dutch about the application process by e-mail to: