Rules of the competition
Article 1: Theme of the competition
The European Parliament and the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen invite young people from all EU Member States to participate in a competition on EU development, integration and European identity issues.
The 'European Charlemagne Youth Prize' is awarded to projects, which:
• promote European and international understanding,
• foster the development of a shared sense of European identity and integration,
• serve as a role model for young people living in Europe and offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community.
The projects can focus on the organisation of various youth events, youth exchanges or online projects with a European dimension.
Article 2: Application deadline
The submission deadline is 22 February 2021 (00:00 CET)
Applications must be submitted online via the website of the European Charlemagne Youth Prize (www.charlemagneyouthprize.eu).
For more information please send an email to ECYP2021@ep.europa.eu
Article 3: Participation requirements
Applicants must be between 16 and 30 years old and must be citizens or residents of an EU Member State.
Participants can apply, either individually or in groups; in the case of group and cross-border projects, the project can only be submitted in one country which is closely linked to the project.
Projects can be submitted in all official EU languages. Projects submitted for the competition must have started and:
a) have finished between 1 January 2020 and 1 February 2021 or
b) be still running.
All applications must include the following information:
• Applicant’s surname and first name (or surname and first name of the responsible contact in the case of a group or organisation)
• Country of residence
• Date of birth
• E-mail address
• Telephone number
• Website (if available)
• Title of the project
• Summary in English, French or German
• Complete description of the project in any of the official EU-languages
• Declaration of EU funding
Only projects submitted through the online form will be accepted.
Article 4: Exclusion criteria
The following projects are ineligible:
• projects in the planning stage which have not started
• projects submitted by individuals working in a European institution or for the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen
• academic theses and publications
• projects which have already received an EU prize or more than 75% European funding (such as, for example under: Horizon 2020, Erasmus+, Jean Monnet or another EU funding pro-gramme)
• the final three European winners of previous editions of European Charlemagne Youth Prize.
Article 5: Evaluation criteria
Projects will be evaluated according to the following principles:
• they must fulfil the objectives of the competition: promote European and international understanding; foster the development of a shared sense of European identity and offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community
• priority will be given to projects created jointly by young people representing several Member States
• attention will be given to projects carried out on a voluntary basis
Article 6: Selection process
The winners of the European Charlemagne Youth Prize will be selected in a two-phases process.
First, national juries consisting of at least two Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and one youth organisation representative select one national winner per EU Member State by 15 March 2021.
Secondly, the European jury, which consists of three MEPs, the President of the European Parliament and four representatives of the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen select the winner from all national winning projects submited by national juries in April 2021.
The decision of the European jury is final. The jury reserves a right to reject any entry that does not comply with the requirements of the competition.
Article 7: Prize
The prize for the best project is 7,500 EUR, the second, 5,000 EUR and the third 2,500 EUR.
One representative of each of the national winning projects will be invited to the award ceremony on 11 May 2021 and a stay of several days in Aachen, Germany
The prizes for the best three projects will be presented by the President of the European Parliament and representatives of the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen.
As part of the prize, the laureates will be invited to visit the European Parliament (in Brussels or in Strasbourg).
Article 8: Copyright
The European Parliament and the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen reserve the right to reproduce the contributed material for presentation, media and promotional purposes.
Article 9: Responsibility
The organisers cannot be held responsible for the cancellation, postponement or modification of the competition due to unforeseen circumstances.
Article 10: Acceptance of regulations
Participation in the competition implies full acceptance of the above rules.