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It’s also yours: come and receive the Nobel Peace Prize 2012

Congratulations!

Did you know that you have won the prestigious Nobel peace prize? This year the European Union and its 500 million people were awarded this prize for turning Europe from a continent of wars into a continent of peace. The award will be presented in the Norwegian capital Oslo on 10 December 2012.

4 young Europeans – maybe you? – will be accompanying EU leaders to collect this prize.

Are you up for this?

Are you between 8 and 24 years old? Are you a national of an EU country, an acceding country or candidate country to the EU?

Then tell us: What does peace in Europe mean to you?

Get your pencils and paper – or a computer – out and send us your drawing (if you are between 8 and 12) or short text of maximum 120 characters (if you are between 13 and 24) by 25 November 2012.

The European Youth Forum, partner of the EU for this contest, will pre-select the 16 best entries for each age group (8-12; 13-17 and 18-24) and a jury will select three final winners (one for each age group).

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!

You could be one of the 4 lucky young Europeans winning a trip to Oslo and an unforgettable experience of the Nobel Peace Prize celebrations!

Rules of the contest “Peace, Europe, Future: what does Peace in Europe mean to you?”
Article 1 – On the occasion of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union (EU), the
European Council, together with the European Commission and the European Parliament, and in
partnership with the European Youth Forum, launches a drawing contest and a tweet contest on the
theme: “Peace, Europe, Future: what does Peace in Europe mean to you?”.
Article 2 – This contest is open to children of the 8-12 years age group (Group 1), teenagers of the
13-17 years age group (Group 2) and young adults of the 18-24 age group (Group 3) who are
nationals of an EU country, an acceding country or candidate country to the EU

Article 3 – The participants of group 1 are invited to create a drawing or an image (including
through computer software) on the contest’s theme, with a caption if necessary. The format of
drawing or of the image produced should not exceed an A4 size. The caption should not exceed
300 characters. For time constraints reasons, original drawings are to be kept by participants and
submission of proposition is to be done through a picture of the drawing (or any equivalent in
electronic format), via the online platform for participation (www.peaceuropefuture.eu). Only the
winner will have to send in his/her original drawing.
Article 4 – The participants of groups 2 and 3 are invited to formulate a response to the question
“What does Peace in Europe mean to you?” of no more than 120 characters

(space included) in any
of the 23 official languages of the EU, expressing their vision of the contest’s theme, with a short
explanation if necessary. This short explanation should not exceed 300 characters.
Article 5- Participants may propose only one entry. In the event of multiple entries submitted by the
same person, only the first one will be taken into consideration.
Article 6 – Participants aged below 18 (minors) have to submit their entry under the responsibility of
a parent/legal guardian. The name and contact details of the parent/legal guardian of the participant
should be clearly indicated in the form.
Article 7 – The deadline for receipt of entries is 25 November 2012, midnight CET. Entries should
be submitted only via the online form on (www.peaceuropefuture.eu).

Article 8 – The European Youth Forum, assisted by the social media teams of the EU institutions,
will pre-select the 16 best entries for each group. Pre-selected entries will be judged by a jury
composed of one representative of the European Youth Forum, representatives of EU institutions,
and one member of civil society who will chair the jury. Criteria of selection will be: 1/ For
drawings: message conveyed and artistic quality; 2/ Short text: message conveyed by the text and
inspirational character.
Article 9 – The prize will be an invitation to attend part of the official programme of the Nobel
Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, on 10-11 December 2012. For group 1 and 2, the European Union
will cover two flights tickets in economy class from/to any Member state, acceding or candidate
country to the EU, as well as accommodation (hotel room of standard quality chosen by the
organisers, the parent/legal guardian accompanying his/her child and his/her child are expected to
share a room), meals and transportation for two persons (one child and one accompanying
parent/legal guardian). For group 3, the European Union will cover the flight ticket from/to any
Member state acceding or candidate country to the EU, as well as accommodation, meals and
transportation for the winner. All national provisions regarding travelling of minors will have to be
respected and it will be the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian for the winners to ensure this.
Article 10 – In addition, the 16 pre-selected entries from group 3 will be submitted on the dedicated
Facebook page for users to vote to select their favourite. The author of the entry which will have
received the most votes by 2 December midnight CET will be awarded the prize indicated in article
9. The authors of the ten entries with the most votes (including the one with the highest votes) will
also win a trip to Strasbourg for an event due to take place at the European Parliament on 12
December. For these ten winners, the European Union will cover the flight ticket from/to any
Member state acceding or candidate country to the EU (or if necessary from Oslo), as well as
accommodation, meals and transportation.
Article 11 – Minors will remain under the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian who will be
accompanying them at all times, except during the official Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony
where minors will be supervised by two adults from the European Youth Forum, as parents/legal
guardians will not be able to take part in the official ceremony.
Article 12 – Winners and accompanying parents/legal guardian must be covered by an insurance
policy. The organisers will not be liable for any material, moral or physical damage suffered in the
course of the journey or during the stay, unless such damage is directly attributable to them or a
person under their responsibility.
Article 13 – Winners (through their parent/legal guardian, if applicable) will be contacted
individually towards the end of the week of 26 November or during the week of 3 December 2012.
If no response is given within 24 hours of initial contact, the person will be considered as having
abandoned the contest and the prize will then be awarded to the second best considered by the jury,
and so on. The drawing and short text of the winners, together with the names of the participants
will be published on the website (www.peaceuropefuture.eu) at the latest on 7 December 2012.
Article 14 – The participants understand that the copyright of the drawing or image, as well as of the
short text will be retained by the European Council on behalf of the European Union.
Article 15 – Parents/legal guardians of winners and/or winners themselves will be considered to
have implicitly accepted to be photographed and filmed for the purpose of the contest, and that their
image may be used in this context. In particular, photos and videos will be used for promotional
aspects of the contest and its results, including on websites of organisers and social media
platforms. They will be asked to sign a form to that effect, and in the case of minors, both parents
will be required to sign the form.
Article 16 – The European Union cannot be held responsible for force majeure, should the contest have to be modified or cancelled.
Article 17 – Submission of an entry assumes the acceptance of all contest conditions by the participants. No appeal on the organisation or on the results of the contest will be accepted. The jury’s decisions will be final.

The EU launches a contest for young Europeans to come to Oslo to attend the official Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony
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 thePresidents 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 and
who 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 3 rd 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: www.peaceuropefuture.eu

 

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