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Bringing the EU closer to citizens – Commission launches EU-wide contest for the #AltieroSpinelli Prize for Outreach




The European Commission has launched the 2018 edition of an EU-wide contest for the Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach. This prize is awarded to outstanding works that enhance citizens' understanding of the European Union and their motivation to participate in democratic processes.

The 2018 edition of the prize focuses on young people's interests. It will be awarded to works including innovative educational programmes or campaigns, pedagogic games allowing young people to experience Europe, and collaborative projects promoting the participation of young people in the democratic process.

Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Commmissioner Tibor Navracsics (pictured) said: "We need to bring the EU closer to young citizens in ways that inspire. I am pleased that the 'Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach' rewards quality works that enhance young people's understanding of the EU and promote their engagement in the democratic processes that shape its future. Giving visibility and European level recognition to such initiatives will help us reach this goal."

The 2018 edition of the Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach will include five prizes of €25,000 each. The award ceremony will be part of the 2019 European Youth Week which will take place from 29 April to 5 May 2019 and will address the topic of young people and democracy. The prize is a European Parliament initiative implemented by the European Commission. It was awarded for the first time in 2017. The 2018 contest is open to individuals who are EU citizens and to non-governmental legal entities. The deadline for applications is 7 January 2019.

More information, including the application documents and Rules of Contest, is available here.

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