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Writing Competition

"So similar, so different, so European."

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:

Country representing

First Name 

Last Name 

Essay name

AustriaMicha JosefBeiglböckZUR LAGE DER UNION

pdf(209 kB)
(EN)pdf(142 kB)
BelgiumRubenPeeters

MEER ZIELEN, MEER VREUGD?pdf(139 kB)

(EN)pdf(139 kB)(FR)pdf(117 kB)

BulgariaYordanGrizhov

КАКВИ СА ВАШИТЕ ВПЕЧАТЛЕНИЯ ОТ РАЗШИРЕНИЯ ЕВРОПЕЙСКИ СЪЮЗ?pdf(207 kB)

(EN)pdf(142 kB)

CroatiaAnđelaČagalj

LIJEPA NAŠA I NJIHOVA – MALI VODIČ KROZ EUROPSKI SANpdf(158 kB)

(EN)pdf(223 kB)

CyprusAnastasia LiopetritiWE HAVE A DREAMpdf(178 kB)
Czech Republic MarkétaKREJČÍ

KAM SAHÁ EVROPA?pdf(136 kB)

(EN)pdf(138 kB)

DenmarkKatrine Bundgaard Schow Madsen

PÅ BALKAN MØDTE JEG DE SANDE EUROPÆERE ET UDVIDET EU KAN HJÆLPE OS MED AT HUSKE VORES FÆLLES EUROPÆISKE FORTID.pdf(182 kB)

(EN)pdf(220 kB)

EstoniaTriinuLaukTHE EUROPEAN IDENTITYpdf(169 kB)
FinlandSatuHaapaniemi

EUROOPPALAISESSA MIELENTILASSApdf(172 kB)

(EN)pdf(139 kB)

FranceBerinaMulovic

MON 'EURO-COSMOPOLITANIE'pdf(173 kB)

(EN)pdf(140 kB)

GermanySimonHartmann

DAS SCHWEIGEN ATATÜRKSpdf(175 kB)

(EN)pdf(142 kB)

GreeceNikolaosToumaras

ΑΝΑΣΥΓΚΡΌΤΗΣΗ ΚΑΙ ΈΜΦΑΣΗ ΤΗΣ ΕΥΡΩΠΑΪΚΉΣ ΔΙΕΎΡΥΝΣΗΣ ΣΤΗΝ ΟΙΚΟΝΟΜΙΚΉ ΕΝΟΠΟΊΗΣΗpdf(143 kB)

(EN)pdf(139 kB)

HungaryPatrikMÁTYÁS

EGY MAGYAR VAGYOK EURÓPÁBÓL, EGY EURÓPAI MAGYARORSZÁGRÓLpdf(210 kB)

(EN)pdf(146 kB)

Ireland NiallLaneSAFETY IN WELL-ORGANISED NUMBERS: THE FUTURE OF THE EUROPEAN UNIONpdf(174 kB)
ItalyElenaCaterina

LETTERA ALL'UNIONE EUROPEA. DISTICO ALLARGATOpdf(171 kB)

(EN)pdf(138 kB)

LatviaArtjomsLiukonens

TIK LĪDZĪGAS, TIK ATŠĶIRĪGAS, TIK EIROPEISKAS.pdf(175 kB)

(EN)pdf(143 kB)

Lithuania JulijaLaurinaitytė

LAI SIENOS KRENTApdf(146 kB)

(EN)pdf(145 kB)

MaltaSarah ChetcutiWHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE IN AN ENLARGED EUROPEAN UNION?pdf(176 kB)
NetherlandsRebecca Jacobavan Raamsdonk

LEVE EEN UITGEBREID EUROPA, LEVE DE NATIONALE CULTUURpdf(174 kB)

(EN)pdf(144 kB)

PolandJakubReichert

BRAK TOŻSAMOŚCIĄpdf(174 kB)

(EN)pdf(117 kB)

PortugalAna MargaridaMeira

CARTA ABERTA À SERENA INQUIETUDEpdf(140 kB)

(EN)pdf(117 kB)

RomaniaCătălina-VirginiaCiobanu

ATÂT DE ASEMĂNĂTORI. ATÂT DE DIFERIȚI. ATÂT DE EUROPENI.pdf(216 kB)

(EN)pdf(118 kB)

SlovakiaVeronikaBundzíková

QUO VADIS, EURÓPA? KDE SA VZAL/A, TU SA VZAL/Apdf(177 kB)

(EN)pdf(120 kB)

SloveniaAna Škreblin Pirjevec

SE POČUTIM EVROPEJEC?pdf(173 kB)

(EN)pdf(116 kB)

SpainNoéExpósito Ropero

LA VIEJA Y JOVEN EUROPA: UN MUNDO LINGÜÍSTICO-CULTURAL.pdf(177 kB)

(EN)pdf(196 kB)

SwedenAdemirZilic

UTVIDGNINGEN - HOPPET OM EN BÄTTRE FRAMTIDpdf(163 kB)

(EN)pdf(113 kB)

United KindgomJamesBartholomeuszWHAT ARE THE LIMITS OF ‘EUROPE’? THE INTERNATIONAL AND INTERNAL CHALLENGES FOR EU ENLARGEMENTpdf(144 kB)

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.

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