The EU launches a contest for young Europeans to come to Oslo to attend the official Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony

Brussels, 16-11-2012 — / — The European Union has today launched a drawing and writing contest for 8-24 years olds, with the four winners being invited to the 2012 Nobel Peace prize ceremony in Oslo. This contest is organised in partnership with the European Youth Forum. The four winners will be invited by the Presidents of the European Council, the European Commission and the European Parliament, to be part of the official delegation of the European Union that will travel to Oslo to receive this year’s Peace Prize.

Launching today’s contest, President Van Rompuy, President Barroso and President Schulz said, “The 2012 Nobel Peace prize is not only a recognition of the European Union’s past achievements: it also looks to the future. Our task is always to inspire the next generation of Europeans. That is why we want Europe’s youth, who are inheriting a continent of peace andwho will be responsible for Europe’s future, with us in Oslo”.

“The Nobel Peace prize is an opportunity to remember the importance of the engagement of civil society and EU citizens, especially young people, in bringing about peace on the continent. Active young people were driving forces in a Europe growing together and a strong European youth is a prerequisite for a continuation of peaceful developments towards a united Europe” said
Peter Matjašič, President of the European Youth Forum.

“Peace, Europe, Future: What does Peace in Europe mean to you?” This is the question put to young people from the EU and acceding or candidate countries aged between 8 and 24 years old. Children aged 8 to 12 should express their answer in a drawing, young people aged 13 to 24 in a short text of maximum 120 characters, in any of the 23 EU official languages.

The contest will be open until 25 November, midnight CET. The European Youth Forum will preselect the 16 best entries for each age group (8-12, 13-17, and 18-24). A jury will select three of the final winners (one per age group) who will win a trip to Oslo.

The 16 pre-selected entries from the categories 18-24 will also be posted on Facebook for a vote by the public. The candidate with the most votes will be invited to Oslo. This winner will also be invited to come to Strasbourg for a special event around the Nobel prize on 12 December, and so will the 9 runners-up.

The names of the winners will be announced during the week of the 3rd of December. Winners will attend the official ceremony on 10 December as well as the Nobel Peace Prize concert on 11 December.

Participants can take part in the contest and propose entries on:

More information:

Dirk de Backer, Spokesperson, European Council
+32 2 28 19768
Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, Spokesperson, European Commission
+ 32 2 29 53070
Jaume Duch, Spokesperson, European Parliament
+32 2 28 43000
Letizia Gambini, European Youth Forum
+32 491 04 13 78


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