• S. Loesser

Application deadline for the Jugendkarlspreis extended

The application deadline for this year's Europäischer Jugendkarlspreis (European Charlemagne Youth Prize) has been extended. Candidates now have until 22 February to enter the competition, which is now in its fourteenth year.

Photo: The Jugendkarlspreis winners of 2019 © Helmut Rüland/Karlspreisstiftung

The Karlspreis (Charlemagne Prize) honours exceptional work performed in the service of the European Union. The idea for an award that promotes European unity caused Dr. Kurt Pfeiffer in 1949 to suggest: „einen jährlich zu verleihenden internationalen Preis zu stiften für den wertvollsten Beitrag im Dienste westeuropäischer Verständigung und Gemeinschaftsarbeit und im Dienste der Humanität und des Weltfriedens.“

"to found an annually awarded prize for the most valuable contribution in the service of Western European understanding and collaboration as well as in the service of humanity and world peace."

(Extract from Dr. Kurt Pfeiffer’s talk at a Corona Legentium Aquensis meeting [a literary society founded by Dr. Kurt Pfeiffer in 1946] on 19 December 1949)

Pfeiffer’s idea turned out to be a success and only a few days later, the proclamation of the prize appeared and three months later, the Gesellschaft für die Verleihung des internationalen Karlspreises der Stadt Aachen (Charlemagne Prize Society) was created in March 1950. The first ever Karlspreis was then awarded on 18 May 1950 to Pan–European movement’s founder Count Richard Nikolaus Coudenhove-Kalergi.

The Karlspreis was the first political prize granted in the recently established Bundesrepublik Deutschland – BDR (Federal Republic of Germany).

More recently, since 2008, the Europäische Jugendkarlspreis is jointly being awarded by the European Parliament and the Karlspreisstiftung (Charlemagne Youth Prize Foundation) in Aachen to projects from young people between 16 and 30 years of age, who make a contribution to a better understanding between the residents from different European countries. The projects are meant to serve as a role model for the young people living in Europe and should demonstrate practical examples for the Europeans’ living together as a community. Such projects might include educational or networking projects, virtual conferences, artistic projects or European online magazines for example. Also in times of the pandemic, when personal get-togethers are only possible in a very restricted way, there are numerous exciting undertakings with a European dimension.

The Jugendkarlspreis includes prize money of €15,000 in total. The main winner will receive €7,500, the runners-up €5,000 and €2,500 respectively.

Photo: The Jugendkarlspreis winners of 2018 together with Karlspreis winner Emmanuel Macron © Andreas Herrmann/Karlspreisstiftung

More information and application forms in 24 languages can be found online at www.charlemagneyouthprize.eu

For general questions, one can send an email to ECYP2021@ep.europa.eu

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