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22/11/2011 Launch of the Charlemagne Youth Prize for 2012 – enter now!

Today is the opening day of the selection procedure for the Charlemagne Youth Prize 2012. Citizens of EU Member States between the ages of 16 and 30 can participate in this project which encourages understanding between people in different European countries.

Created in 2008, it is awarded every year jointly by the European Parliament and the Foundation for the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen. The competition has a first prize of €5,000, a second prize of €3,000 and a third prize of €2,000.

A variety of projects are selected every year such as youth exchange programmes, artistic projects and Internet-related projects. All the projects share a desire to improve European integration and serve as a model for young people living in Europe.

Projects must be submitted before January 23rd 2012. The three winning projects will be announced on April 5th 2012 and the prizes will be awarded in Aachen on May 15th.

To be in with a chance to win this prestigious prize, projects should be original and creative. An example of this is the 2011 winner – British online lifestyle magazine “Europe & Me”. Launched in 2007 by young Europeans for young Europeans, the aim of this site is to personalise Europe as it is too often reduced to a domain of politics and bureaucracy. The second and third prizes awarded were to “Balkans Beyond Borders”, a short-film project from Greece, and to the Spanish project “Escena Erasmus Project” which is mainly for Erasmus students and encourages cultural and linguistic exchange.

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