From 11 April until 9 September, those born in 1992 had an opportunity to express their views on the way the single market operates — doing so through photographs, video clips, articles, cartoons or indeed smartphone apps, and on any one of four themes. In the end, 380 young people from all 27 EU countries participated in the competition.
The 20 winning submissions (4 prize-winners in each of the five categories) will be presented on the occasion of the opening of Single Market Week today in Brussels at the offices of the European Parliament. Commissioner Michel Barnier and Toine Manders MEP will personally present the awards at a prize-giving ceremony; for all 20 winners, their prize includes a traineeship in the European institutions.
The four categories of the competition were:
- Education and citizenship (comprising 43 % of the projects submitted)
- Jobs and entrepreneurship (17 %)
- Culture and leisure (27 %)
- Consumers and the environment (13 %)
The five formats were:
- Video clip
- Smartphone app for Android, Apple, etc.
- Cartoon/comic strip
Kristine Pace from Malta won second place in the culture and leisure category. Her cartoon ‘What is culture?’ demonstrates that multiculturalism is an integral aspect of the EU and the single market and has a leading influence that gave inspiration for the design and that cultural exchange and the sharing of ideas across borders is very important to advance original thought.
It is the 20th anniversary of the European single market, which has transformed the way Europeans live, work, travel, study and trade with each other. It has provided enterprises with new opportunities to develop and to succeed in world markets.
Single Market Week, celebrating this 20th anniversary, is running from 15 to 20 October 2012 and feature events organised in cities across all 27 Member States of the European Union. These events will bring together European enterprises and citizens, as well as Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission, the European Council and the Member States, to celebrate and to consider the past, present and future of the Single Market.