This year's annual European Charlemagne Youth Prize was launched this month. The prize, now in its third year, targets young people who have been involved in projects helping to promote understanding between those from different European countries. The deadline for submitting projects is January 22, 2010.
Jointly organised by the European Parliament and the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen, the prize is open to projects undertaken by 16 to 30-year-olds. The winning projects should serve as role models for young people living in Europe and offer practical examples of living together as one community. Youth exchange programmes, artistic and internet projects with a European dimension are among the projects selected.
The three winning enterprises will be awarded funding of EUR5,000, EUR3,000, and EUR2,000 respectively. The winners will also be invited to visit the European Parliament.
Last year, the Polish youth project "YOUrope needs YOU!" won. Through a series of high school workshops run by university students, it used informal methods to convey to teenagers facts about Europe. Second and third prizes went to the "European Festival of university theatre of Albi" (France) and to "Gumboot Diplomacy" (Germany).