European Youth Parliament Finland – EYP Finland ry won the second prize of Charlemagne Youth Prize in an award ceremony in Aachen, Germany on 28th May. EYP Finland won the prize with its Your Active Citizenship project, which helps youth to get to know EU and brings European issues closer to them using inspiring and practical methods. In Aachen, EYP Finland was represented by Yannika Rönnqvist, Board Member of EYP Finland.
European Parliament with Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen rewards projects that among other things foster the development of a shared sense of European identity and integration, and provide role models for young people living in Europe and offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community.
The project has been running since 2010 and has involved thousands of young Europeans. For several years, the project has consisted of a national school tour and four Regional Sessions around Finland. Sessions simulating the working of European Parliament develop the presentation, debating and language skills of young participants and increase their knowledge of Europe. The projects runs almost completely on a voluntary basis.
Third prize of the Charlemagne Youth Prize went to Austria for Muslimische Jugend Österreich project that aims to increase mutual understanding between Muslims and Jews. First place was awarded to an Italian radio station Europhonica_IT that shares news and stories about EU. Representatives of all three projects will be invited for a visit in the European Parliament.
More information: Matti Lötjönen, President of EYP Finland
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