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The European Charlemagne Youth Prize is awarded to youth-run projects that promote European and international understanding. The award highlights the daily work by young people across Europe to strengthen European democracy and supports their active participation in writing the future of Europe.

Awarded jointly and annually by the European Parliament and the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen, the prize for the best project is €7500, the second, €5000 and the third, €2500. As part of the prize, the three final laureates visit the European Parliament (in Brussels or in Strasbourg). The representatives of all the 27 national projects selected are invited to a four-day trip in Aachen, Germany.

Are you an EU resident aged 16-30 and working on a project that helps to change Europe? Then you could be the next winner of the European Charlemagne Youth Prize!


The future of the European project depends on young people: their association with democratic values, their willingness to embrace European identity and their active engagement in the political process. The European Youth Event aims at giving all young people access to European politics, showing them how they can actively engage in the political process. But what interests and motivates 16-30 year olds when it comes to politics, and what stops them from getting involved? 

In its effort to become more accessible and inclusive in the future, the European Parliament commissioned a Flash Eurobarometer Youth Survey amongst more than 18.000 young people in all 27 Member States.  Discover what young Europeans think about European politics and their role in it!

YOUTHIDEAS.EU is an online platform where young people can outline their own ideas on the issues that Europe is facing today and their ideas for the Europe of tomorrow.

All young people are also invited to share their ideas about the European Parliament’s initiatives for youth such as the European Youth Event, Euroscola, the European Youth Seminars, the European School Ambassador Programme and the Charlemagne Youth Prize.

Once an idea gets published on the website, other users can like and comment on it, which might result in a lively exchange that will help adapt, shape, and define ideas further.

Most questions include links to background information provided by the European Parliamentary Research Service.

Youth ideas are used to enrich the programme of the biennial European Youth Event (EYE), and are also an inspiration and input for other youth initiatives of the European Parliament. Moreover, the most concrete ideas will be forwarded to the Members of the European Parliament and other policy-makers, inviting them to join the debate right here.

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Make your voice heard: the EU is looking for your ideas on how it should change and what Europe’s future should look like.

Youth Network Event

The Youth Network Event is an annual co-creation and networking opportunity for youth organisations all over EU (with a focus on local, regional and disadvantaged youth) and the European Parliament.

The event provides a unique open dialogue environment between young Europeans and the European Parliament in a spirit of consultation and co-creation, in a fully participatory format.

TOGETHER.EU is a pan-European community that encourages everybody to participate in democracy. People like you are standing up to take action towards a brighter future in the European Union. Whether it’s by getting involved in the political process or helping promote the importance of voting – together, we can help democracy play its rightful part in the European Union.

Join the community. Have your say on Europe.