Rules of the Competition

Article 1: Theme of the competition

The European Parliament and the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen invite young people from all the EU member states to participate in a competition on EU development, integration and European identity issues.

The 'European Charlemagne Youth Prize' is awarded to projects, which:

  • promote European and international understanding,
  • foster the development of a shared sense of European identity and integration,
  • serve as a role model for young people living in Europe 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 online projects with a European dimension.

Article 2: Application deadline

The application deadline is 10 February 2014. Application forms are available through the websites of the European Charlemagne Youth Prize (www.charlemagneyouthprize.eu) and the national Information Offices of the European Parliament.

For more information regarding the competition please contact the national Information Offices.

Article 3: Participation requirements

Applicants should be 16-30 years old.

The participants must be citizens or residents of one of the 28 member states of the European Union.

Participants can apply, either individually or in groups; in the case of group and multinational projects, the project can only be submitted in one country.

Applications in all official languages of the European Union are eligible.

The projects submitted for the competition must have started and:

a) have finished within the calendar year (12 months) preceding the current application deadline or

b) be still running.

All applications must include the following information:

  • Title of the project
  • Applicant's surname, first name and name of the organization (if applicable)
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Contact address
  • E-mail address
  • Telephone number (mobile phone and/or landline)
  • Internet site: (if applicable)
  • Complete description of the project
  • Summary (1-3 pages) in, English, French or German
  • Declaration of EU funding (if applicable)

Applicants must keep a copy of the material as it may not be returned by selection juries.

Article 4: Exclusion from participation

The following projects are ineligible:

  • projects submitted by persons working in the European institutions and in the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen
  • academic theses and publications
  • projects which receive more than 50% funding through EU Institutions except if this funding is only for  initial start-up purposes of a project or covering solely current expenses of a programme, such as costs for participants, whereas the preparation, implementation and evaluation of the project is carried out on a voluntary basis
  • projects that have already received a prize awarded by a European Institution. This includes the final three winners of the previous editions of European Charlemagne Youth Prize Competition
  • projects submitted with incomplete applications or applications sent in several parts 

Article 5: Assessment criteria

The projects will be assessed according to the following principles:

  • must fulfil the objectives of the competition: promote European and international understanding; foster the development of a shared sense of European identity and offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community
  • priority will be given to projects created jointly by young people representing several member states
  • attention will be given to projects carried out on a voluntary basis

 

Article 6: Selection process

The winner of the European Charlemagne Youth Prize will be selected in a two-step process.

First step: national juries consisting of at least two Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and one representative of youth organizations will select one national winner from each of the 28 member states by 3 March 2014.

Second step: the European jury, consisting of three MEPs and the President of the European Parliament and four representatives of the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen will select the winner from the 28 projects submitted by national juries by 17 April 2014.

The decision of the European jury is final. The jury reserves a right to reject any entry that does not comply with the requirements of the competition.

Article 7: Prize

The prize for the best project is €5000, the second, €3000 and the third, €2000.

Representatives of the 28 national projects selected will be invited to the award ceremony in Aachen, Germany on 27 May 2014.

The prizes for the best three projects will be presented by the President of the European Parliament and a representative of the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen.

As part of the prize, the laureates will be invited to visit the European Parliament (in Brussels or in Strasbourg). 

Article 8: Copyright

The European Parliament and the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen reserve the right to  reproduce the contributed material for presentation, media and promotional purposes.

Article 9: Responsibility

The organisers cannot be held responsible for the cancellation, postponement or modification of the competition due to unforeseen circumstances, nor will they be responsible for any theft, loss, delay or damage during the transport of applications.

Article 10: Acceptance of regulations

Participation in the competition implies full acceptance of the above rules.