Deadline looms for lucrative EU youth competition

Young people aged between 16 and 30 who are involved in any cross-border multi-cultural project are being encouraged to enter an EU-wide competition offering €10,000 in prize money.

Young people aged between 16 and 30 who are involved in any cross-border multi-cultural project are being encouraged to enter an EU-wide competition offering €10,000 in prize money.

The 2014 European Charlemagne Youth Prize will be awarded in May to the project that best promotes cooperation and mutual understanding between young EU citizens.

Potential applicants must be speedy though - the deadline for submissions is January 20. The contest is organised jointly by the European Parliament and the International Charlemagne Prize Foundation in Aachen.

Suggested projects eligible for consideration include the organisation of youth events, cultural exchanges or internet projects with a European dimension. The winning projects should serve as role models for young people living in Europe and offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community.

An Irish jury will select a national winner in early March and then an international panel will judge 28 entries from each member state in April. The prizes will be awarded in Aachen, Germany on May 27, 2014. The winner scoops a cool €5,000, second prize is €3,000, while third place wins €2,000.

The deadline for applications is January 20, 2014.