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05-11-2009

European Youth Prize 2010 - apply now

Have you been part of a project that encouraged a better understanding between people through Europe? Are you aged between 16 and 30? If so, you should enter the European Charlemagne Youth prize!

For the third year, the European Parliament and the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize will support existing projects that foster a shared sense of European identity and cooperation. This year, the organisers are specifically looking for examples of Europeans living together. The projects can focus on the organisation of youth events, youth exchanges or an internet project with a European dimension.

A national winner will first be selected and invited to the award ceremony in Aachen (Germany), where the three best projects will then be announced by the President of the European Parliament and representatives of the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize.

In 2009, the first prize of €5,000 was awarded to members of the European Student's Forum AEGEE in Poland. They designed and planned 'YOUrope needs YOU,' which is a series of workshops that aims to empower second level students all over Europe into becoming active members of society. The project involved training university students from different Member States to provide workshops on the EU. The project team is made up of seven nationalities working on a voluntary basis to actively engage young people in Europe. The second and third prizes went to Germany and France respectively.

Further information and application forms are available at www.charlemagneyouthprize.eu. Application must be submitted before 22 January 2010.



For further information, please contact:
Eimear Ní Bhroin, Press Officer, European Parliament Office in Ireland at eimear.nibhroin@europarl.europa.eu or visit www.charlemagneyouthprize.eu .