The European Commission announces the winners of the writing competition: “What does an enlarged EU mean to you?”
Winner for the 15-18 age category:
This entry was chosen by the jury members for its excellent balance of personal experience of EU enlargement, backed up with strong arguments and facts and supported by a high standard of writing. The jury was pleased to note the overall high standard and maturity of entries for this age category.
Winner for the 19-25 age category: Anastasia Liopetriti, aged 22, from Cyprus
The jury decided that this was a well-written piece which captured the EU's principles and values and was embellished with personal points such as a bus journey. In particular, the jury enjoyed the description of borders, both imagined borders of the mind and physical borders, and of the process of breaking them down, and felt that the author illustrated this well.
Read the article here: English
The contest marked the 10th anniversary of the 2004 round of EU enlargement, with the accession of ten countries to the EU. Today, the EU perspective is open to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.
Over 450 entries were sent from the 28 EU Member States and from 7 candidates and potential candidates in Southeast Europe. The participants were judged, inter alia, on the clarity of their argumentation, the quality of their writing and on the originality of their ideas.
Juries from each participating country selected one entry from each age group (15–18 year olds and 19–25 year olds) for further evaluation by a European jury, consisting of:
Jacki Davis, Managing Director at Meade Davis Communications and launch editor of European Voice;
Claus Giering, Head of Unit for Communication at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Enlargement;
Domagoj Kovacic, Executive Director of the South East European Youth Network;
Jacques Rupnik, Professor at Sciences Po Paris.
The winners will be travelling to Brussels to receive their prizes and will have the chance to see the work of the European Commission and visit other EU institutions over the course of a two-day visit.