The Megalizzi – Niedzielski prize for aspiring journalists


The Megalizzi – Niedzielski prize rewards aspiring journalists that show a strong attachment to the EU and its values.

The prize is awarded during the EU Regions’ Week to two of the participants selected for the Youth4Regions programme for aspiring journalists. A European Commission jury grants the awards by assessing the participants’ commitment to reporting on the EU, as well as the quality of their previous work and of their entry into the Youth4Regions programme.

The Megalizzi –Niedzielski prize honours the memory of Antonio Megalizzi and Bartek Pedro Orent-Niedzielski, young European journalists with a strong attachment to the EU and its values, who passed away after a terrorist attack in Strasbourg in late 2018.

The Megalizzi – Niedzielski prize for aspiring journalists


The 2020 winners are Anastasia Lopez from Austria and Francisco Sezinando from Portugal. We hope that the two winners will continue sharing Antonio and Bartek’s attachment to the European project and its values and that they will be journalists committed to reporting honestly about the EU and its benefits to regions and people.

How to enter the competition for the prize?

All participants selected in the Youth4Regions programme are automatically considered for the prize. Applications for the Youth4Regions programme for aspiring journalists 2021 will open on 5 April.