The European Charlemagne Youth Prize aims to encourage the development of European consciousness among young people, as well as their participation in European integration projects.
The youth prize is awarded jointly and annually by the European Parliament and the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen. It is awarded to projects undertaken by young people which foster understanding, promote the development of a shared sense of European identity 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 internet projects with a European dimension.
You can either apply as an individual or as a group. The application deadline is 23 January 2011.
The prize for the best project is € 5000, the second, € 3000 and the third, € 2000.
The prizes for the best three projects will be presented by the President of the European Parliament and representative of the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen.
Representatives of the 27 national projects selected will be invited to the award ceremony in Aachen, Germany on 31 May 2011. As part of the prize, the laureates will be invited to visit the European Parliament (in Brussels or in Strasbourg), too.
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