Youth Charlemagne Prize:
- extracts from the award ceremony
- statements by the winners
Première transmission: 07/05/2013
Fin de production: 07/05/2013
Europe on Track, a Spanish youth media project, was awarded first prize at the 2013 Charlemagne Youth Prize ceremony on 7 May in Aachen University. The second prize went to the photo contest Discover Europe from Poland and the third to the Youth exchange project "The Story of my Live" from Estonia. The Charlemagne Youth Prize is awarded annually to projects that foster a shared sense of European identity and integration among young people.
The first prize was awarded by EP President Martin Schulz, the second by former EP President Hans-Gert Pöttering and the third by Mayor of Aachen Marcel Philip.
Spain - Europe on Track
EP President Martin Schulz said: "The Spanish project seeks constructive solutions to current problems - the loss of confidence in the EU and the alarmingly high youth unemployment in many Member States.
Europe on Track connects young people throughout Europe both offline and online, giving them the opportunity to express their views and making an original contribution to European integration, especially to the growth of a feeling among young people that 'we are Europe'."
Europe on Track was conceived by members of the European Students' Forum AEGEE-Europe as an answer to the loss of faith in the European idea in the current financial and economic crisis. It aims to capture young people’s vision for Europe in 2020, though photography, videos, interviews and blogs, and to compile a short documentary presenting their opinions.
Europe on Track gives young people a platform to share their ideas and present the faces behind youth policy research and statistical data. In the first, 2012, edition, six ambassadors travelled almost 10,000 km by train in one month, asking more than 400 young people the following questions: Where is Europe heading? How can we sustain our present and preserve our future? What do young people expect from the Europe of tomorrow?
Poland - Discover Europe
In his speech on the runner-up, Discover Europe from Poland, German MEP and former EP President Hans-Gert Pöttering said: "With 'Discover Europe' you have managed to focus youthful creativity and imagination on our united Europe. You recognise the European Union as our home and show that, in the midst of diversity, it is our values that unite us. "
Discover Europe 2013 is the 10th edition of a photo contest which aims to select the best pictures submitted by students from European countries. The main idea of the contest is to show, through photography, the beauty of Europe, its culture, traditions, customs and citizens.
Estonia - The Story of My Life
"The Story of My Life" (Estonia), which won third prize, was initiated to celebrate and support the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. It brought young people from Estonia, Finland, Austria, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, Slovenia and Germany together with active elderly people from two grass-root movements in Estonia.
Awarding the third prize, the Mayor of Aachen, Marcel Philipp, said that the participants "have developed a deeper understanding of cultural differences and also of what people have in common in Europe, and have learned to overcome prejudices - towards other generations and towards other peoples and cultures".
The three winning projects will receive funding of €5,000, €3,000 and €2,000 respectively. Their representatives will also be invited to visit the European Parliament in the coming months.
Representatives of the 27 projects which took part were invited to the award ceremony on 7 May in Aachen and were awarded a diploma and a medal.
The award ceremony was organised jointly by the European Parliament and the International Charlemagne Prize Foundation. It was hosted by Aachen University.
Welcome speeches were given by EP President Martin Schulz, International Charlemagne Prize Foundation Chairman Michael Jansen and Rector of Aachen University Ernst Schmachtenberg.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior, Aachen University
||Family picture - project winners of the 27 member States (2 shots)
||Cutaways, winners of the 27 EU member states (2 shots)
||Winners of the 27 member states enter the building
||2013 European Charlemagne Youth Prize panel
||Arrival of EP President, Martin SCHULZ (3 shots)
||Cutaway, ceremony room
||SOUNDBITE, Martin SCHULZ, EP President (In German): You are an optimistic generation. We in politics have to see to it that your dreams become a reality. Because if those dreams are disappointed - and we are on the track to that disappointment - then Europe will be part of the past. But if we manage to seize the optimism of this young generation and feed this into a reformed Europe, in which justice is the focal point, if we manage to achieve that, then we needn't be afraid about the future of Europe. We need your optimism and you need our struggle to achieve a fair Europe.
||Acrobacy show (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE, Marcel PHILIP, Mayor of Aachen (In German): Schuman, Monet, Adenauer, other great Europeans who we have to thank for the united Europe that has been created. But we shouldn't just look backward but create a bridge with the traditional Charlemagne Prize and the Charlemagne Youth Prize.
||Announcement of the 3rd prize winner (3 shots)
||SOUNDBITE Hans-Gert PÖTTERING, former EP President (In German): Young people with their creativeness and imagination have in this way focused attention on united Europe. They see the EU as our home in making it clear that despite all the diversiti in our values we are linked together through democracy, human rights, freedom, rule of law and solidarity.
||Announcement of the 2nd prize winner (3 shots)
||SOUNDBITE, Martin SCHULZ, EP President (In German): Dear winning team, I and the entire jury really found what you did fantastic. With your porject you are making a contribution to overcoming the crisis of confidence and you have made a contribution to generating a feeling that we are Europe.
||Announcement of 1st prize winner (4 shots)
||Family picture - 3 winners, EP President Martin SCHULZ, former EP President Hans-Gert PÖTTERING, Mayor of Aachen Marcel PHILIP and Chairman of the Charlemagne Prize Foundation, Michael JANSEN.
||Family picture with all the 27 participants (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE, Luis ALVARADO MARTINEZ, 1st prize winner, Europe on Track project (In English): We were very happy that our workhas been recognized and hopefully a lot of visibility will be given to the project and to the opinions of people that we've gathered around Europe. So, we are very, very happy.
||SOUNDBITE, Luis ALVARADO MARTINEZ, 1st prize winner, Europe on Track project (In English): It's giving a very positive message about Europe, specially now that, with this situation, people are losing a bit the faith in the European project. We wanted to give a very positive, fresh and young message to the young people and say 'look, we're going to bring your message and it will be heard, and we should work together'.
||SOUNDBITE, Magdalena PSUJA, winner of the 2nd prize, Discover Europe project (In English): It was quite amazing because I didn't even expect to be here as a national winner and after all the troubles we had organising this project, while lot of poeple didn't believe in us, it's a great feeling to show that if we do what we want to do and don't care what they say, we just, like, I'm here. I'm standing here, winning the 2nd prize and it's the most amazing thing in my life.
||SOUNDBITE, winner of 3rd prize, Anne-May KALDOJA, Story of My Lifre project (In English): My project was called Story of My Life and it was a project gathering young people from all over Europe and two groups of elderly people from Estonia. They were put to live together and debate about aging and age itself.
||SOUNDBITE, winner of 3rd prize, Anne-May KALDOJA, Story of My Lifre project (In English): Age is just a number. You can be active at any age, are you young or a doctor or engineer, it doesn't matter, you can do stuff and you can make a change in the world.