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Europa International wins Irish section of Charlemagne Youth Prize

07-04-2017

We are delighted to announce that Europa International, a project run by students at UCD, has been declared the winner of the Charlemagne Youth Prize for Ireland

The project will now go forward to the Europe-wide final and will be invited to attend the European Award Ceremony in Aachen, Germany on 23 May.

The Irish national jury comprised: Nessa CHILDERS MEP, Deirdre CLUNE MEP and Sarah HALSAM on behalf of Foróige.

Nessa Childers MEP said: "It was a pleasure to be involved in judging this year's Charlemagne Youth Prize. Although there can only be one winner from Ireland, it was inspiring to have three very vibrant entries showcasing great energy and enthusiasm for their projects."

Deirdre Clune MEP said: “I want to extend my congratulations to Europa International, and to the runners up. The Charlemagne Youth Prize is a fantastic opportunity for groups interested in the development of Europe, and for Europe itself as the high standard of entries this year testifies to.”

Sarah Haslam said: “Congratulations to all three projects who entered this year's Charlemagne Youth Prize. The standard was very high, however Europa International demonstrated exceptional strength in the area of promoting a shared sense of European identity. The practical actions taken by members of the project are outstanding and are a model on which others could easily replicate. I wish all three projects continued success.”

On behalf of Europa International, Yannis Lagdani (CEO) said: "Europa International is an opportunity to develop the sense of belonging to the values of the European Union: solidarity, multiculturalism and ambition. Through its Irish branch (Europa Dublin), Irish and international students in University College Dublin can organise events around values which unite them and break down borders. In that perspective, the jury of the Charlemagne Youth Prize honours Europa Dublin to represent these values on behalf of Ireland. Students from Ireland and from all around Europe; this project is only starting, please join us!"

Notes to editors:

Since 2008, the European Parliament together with the ‘Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen’ have each year been inviting young people from all EU Member States to submit projects run by and for young people for the Charlemagne Youth Prize. 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 visit the European Parliament. See: www.charlemagneyouthprize.eu

Europe International aims at promoting Europe and the European Union, through local events (at university level) or international ones. Founded by students from University College Dublin, Europa Dublin encourages discussions, from an Irish point of view, on the European Model, and on the European institutions. See www.facebook.com/EuropaDublin