Young Europeans Award

Location: Germany, France, Poland

Time frame: ongoing, since 2015

Project Partners: Franco-German Youth Office (DFJW/OFAJ), German-Polish Youth Office (DPJW/PNWM), Fondation Hippocrène, Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation

“Europe isn't an abstract idea, it's a daily experience!”

The Young Europeans Award is a trilateral contest under the patronage of the three Foreign Ministries of the Weimar Triangle partner countries that encourages dialogue and exchange between young people from Germany, France and Poland who are motivated to work together to shape a vibrant and future-oriented Europe. In the spirit of the “European Neighborhood Policy”, each edition of the contest invites a fourth non-EU guest country.

During the contest period 2017-2018, the United Kingdom will be invited to participate as a guest country.

Young Europeans Award 2017-18

Young people under the age of 21 from Germany, France, Poland and the guest country may submit a group project on the designated competition question »To be or not to be... a European?« on the project website and win a trip to Warsaw with award ceremony in autumn 2018. Applications should be submitted by no later than March 1, 2018.

The contributors may freely choose the thematic focus of their project: they may for example engage with the geographical, cultural, artistic, journalistic, societal or political aspects of the question in a variety of creative forms.

Contest submissions are reviewed and evaluated by an international jury. The international competition jury 2017-18 consists of:

  • Volker Schlöndorff (director, screenwriter and producer, DE), President of the Jury
  • Nora Hamadi (artist, author and film maker, FR)
  • Véronique Cayla (president of ARTE-France, FR)
  • Thomas Harding (British author and journalist, UK)
  • Basil Kerski (Director of the European Solidarność Center in Gdansk and member of the board of trustees of the Allianz Cultural Foundation)

Previous Competitions

  • 2015-16


The guest country for the 2015-2016 program year was Ukraine.

Students aged 14 to 16 from the German Gabriele-von-Bülow-Gymnasium in Berlin, the French Collège Pierre Falanc in Belèves, the Polish Szkoła Podstawowa Zespołu Szkół im. Królowej Jadwigi in Jerzykowo and the Ukranian Melitopolska spetsializovana shkola-internat III stupenya “Tvorchist” ZOR in Melitopol', Zaporiz'ka Oblast  participated in the Young Europeans Award with a group project on the theme question “How far does Europe reach?” and won a trip to the European institutions in Brussels. In their project “The colourful face of Europe”, the teenagers studied stories of migration in their own families as a way to better understand current migration-related issues in Europe.

The award ceremony was held in Brussels on 20 September 2016, with all three European Ministers from the Weimar Triangle in attendance.

All submitted projects were viewed and evaluated by the international jury of the competition edition 2015-16:

  • Volker Schlöndorff (director, screenwriter and producer, DE), President of the Jury
  • Anna Radwan (President of the Polish Robert Schumann Foundation, PL)
  • Nora Hamadi (artist, author and film maker, FR)
  • Antione Godbert (former Director of the French “Erasmus +” - Education and Training Agency, FR)