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The application period for the Writing Competition is now over. Thank you for your participation! We received over 700 applications of a very good level from all over the European Union, with lots of original thoughts of an enlarged European Union and the challenges that it faces. A jury came together and had a tough job of selecting the best winning essays which can be found here:
|Austria||Micha Josef||Beiglböck||ZUR LAGE DER UNION
|Cyprus||Anastasia||Liopetriti||WE HAVE A DREAM|
|Denmark||Katrine||Bundgaard Schow Madsen|
|Estonia||Triinu||Lauk||THE EUROPEAN IDENTITY|
|Ireland||Niall||Lane||SAFETY IN WELL-ORGANISED NUMBERS: THE FUTURE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION|
|Malta||Sarah||Chetcuti||WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE IN AN ENLARGED EUROPEAN UNION?|
|Netherlands||Rebecca Jacoba||van Raamsdonk|
|United Kindgom||James||Bartholomeusz||WHAT ARE THE LIMITS OF ‘EUROPE’? THE INTERNATIONAL AND INTERNAL CHALLENGES FOR EU ENLARGEMENT|
Did you know that, as a result of successive enlargements, the European Union (EU) is the largest economy in the world, with more than 500 million citizens? It has more weight internationally than ever before. The EU's enlargement policy supports the membership preparations of those European countries which aspire to join the EU. Thereby it helps to make Europe a safer place, and promotes democracy and fundamental freedoms, while consolidating the rule of law in the aspiring countries. Croatia, the latest country to join the EU, became the Union's 28th Member State in 2013. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland (negotiations with Iceland have been put on hold following the decision of the Icelandic government), Kosovo*, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey are candidates or potential candidates. Some of them are already in the negotiation process or waiting to start, while others have the prospect of membership when they are prepared. The European Commission is keen to learn more about what you think:
- What is your experience in an enlarged European Union?
- How can the enlarged European Union meet the challenges of the future?
Share your views on one or both questions in an article (max 1.000 words) and win great prizes!
The rules of the competition and promotional toolkit in all languages are here.