Young European of the Year

About the award

The award for the “Young European of the Year” is given to young Europeans aged between 18 and 26 years who have distinguished themselves in an exemplary manner concerning their honorary commitment and dedication in the support of international understanding and/or the integration of Europe.

The award sum is € 5.000. The award is intended to finance a six-month internship with a Member of the European Parliament or at another European institution. It is also possible to use the grant to finance a project which promotes European integration. Such a project has to follow the aims of the Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe and needs the approval of the Foundation’s board in order to be accepted.

Speeches and laudatios for the past Young Europeans of the Year can be found here.

+++ Call for nominations: Who should be the Young European of the Year 2019? +++

We are accepting nominations for the Young European of the Year Award 2019 until December 31st. The nominee shall be no older than 26 years by the end of 2019, be active in Europe, and show a remarkable commitment to European integration or international cooperation in Europe. Nominations can be submitted right here.

Before 2008:

2007 – Paul de Kuijer (the Netherlands)

2006 – Burcu Becermen (Turkey)

2005 – Tamas Boros (Hungary)

2004 – Anar Jahangirli (Azerbaijan)

2003 – Adrian Langan (Ireland)

2002 – Mjellma Mehmeti (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

2001 – Daciana Oana Mailatescu (Romania)

2000 – Tobias Bütow (Germany)

1999 – Lola Stoppleman de Almudévar (Great Britain)

1998 – Michael Schmitt (Germany)

1997 – David Stulik (Czech Republic)

The “Schwarzkopf Europe Award” is awarded to institutions or public figures who have distinguished themselves in an outstanding way by a committed and dedicated service to either European understanding or the growing together of Europe.

The Margot Friedländer Award calls on young people to deal with the Shoah, remembrance work and human engagement against exclusion, anti-Semitism and racism in the present.

The Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe believes that European diversity can best be understood by experiencing it. Our travel grants seek to enable young Europeans to explore and discover their continent, while tackling current political or social questions. By travelling, grantees becomes ambassadors for a united Europe.

Curious how the foundation developed from its founding by Pauline Schwarzkopf 1971 in Hamburg and becoming the umbrella organisation for the EYP in 2004? Find out more about the foundation and its motivation.

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