The prize is given out by the European Parliament and the International Charlemagne Prize Foundation every year to young people aged between 16 and 30 who have been involved with projects helping to promote understanding between people from different European countries.
Representatives of the 28 national winning projects were invited to the award ceremony on 23 May in Aachen and awarded a diploma and a medal. The projects that came first, second and third received €7,500, €5,000 and €2,500 respectively.
The winners of the 2017 Charlemagne Youth Prize
Erasmus Evening (Poland)
Erasmus Evening is an online radio show for students considering to study for a period abroad as part of the Erasmus programme. It was broadcast on the student radio station Radio Meteor UAM at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. The guests were Polish students studying abroad and foreigners studying in Poland. The interviews touched upon various issues such as how to submit documents, how to select subjects, find a flat in another country, the differences between universities and opportunities they create, the education system and students´ everyday life.
Re-discover Europe (Denmark)
Re-discover Europe was an event that took place in Aalborg in the north of Denmark, featuring a parade with EU flats, talks about the future of Europe, a multicultural village about the city's rich diversity and a street party.
Are We Europe (the Netherlands)
Are We Europe is an online multimedia platform where young people can submit their stories portraying what it is like being European. The creators of the platform believe that with the current negative portrayal of Europe, it is important to present young Europeans with a new way of perceiving Europe.
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