is the origin of the EC/EU Contests?
Contest is the successor to the Philips contest, which ran
from 1968-88, which brought together the winners from National
Contests. The then President of the European Commission, Jacques
Delors, was approached in 1987 about the European Commission
taking on the running of the Contest. After consulting with
the competent bodies and Committees, the Commission decided
to support the Contest.