The Greek youth media project “Europe on the Ground” won the first prize at this year’s Charlemagne Youth Prize ceremony held May 15 in Aachen. The prize was awarded by President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, who positively commented on the Greek project promoting cultural diversity and multilingualism within Europe.
“We need more European debates on European issues, if we want to strengthen European democracy. There is an increasing awareness of how much we depend on each other, how we are intertwined with each other. The Greek winner of the Charlemagne Youth Prize is helping to create a more European public,” added Schulz.
“Europe on the Ground” is an innovative youth media project that sends multicultural teams of over 50 young citizen journalists and amateur photographers to 10 European capitals each year. The young participants are given four days to write articles and produce photo galleries on subjects related to European culture and society. All contributions are then edited by professional journalists and published in six languages on the European online magazine www.cafebabel.com. The project aims to improve understanding between the people of Europe by making Europe more concrete for young citizens, and to use innovative forms of European journalism.
The second prize went to Europe Meets School, an exchange program for Erasmus students (Czech Republic) and the winner of the third prize was the “Cycle Me Home” project, a documentary road-movie (Hungary).
The three winning projects will receive funding of 5,000 euros, 3,000 euros and 2,000 euros respectively. Their representatives will also be invited to visit the European Parliament in the coming months.