European Comission Writing Competition


‘We should look towards the future, but with a wisdom we gained from the past’

Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission

The year 2014 marks two important anniversaries which are an occasion to reflect on the achievements in European integration until now: 100 years have passed since the beginning of the first World War and 10 years since the biggest round of enlargement of the European Union (EU) with the accession of 10 new countries. Today, the EU perspective is open to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Kosovo*, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.

The European Commission is keen to learn more about what you think:

  • What can today’s European Union of 28 Member States learn from its past to help improve its future?
  • What does an enlarged European Union mean to you?

If you are between 15 and 25 years old, get creative today and win some great prizes! Share your views on one or both questions in an article (max 700 words) or in up to three blog features/articles (max 700 words altogether).

For the competition rules, please see the key links section.

Submitting your article

You can submit your entry in one of the following ways:

  • By email: Send your entry as an attachment (Word Document or an OpenOffice Writer File) to:
  • By post: Send your entry to:

    media consulta International Holding AG
    Attn: Rachel Harding
    Wassergasse 3
    10197 Berlin

  • On Facebook: You can upload your entry by clicking on the writing competition button located at the top of the EU Enlargement Facebook page:, which will lead you to the competition registration page. Please then follow the instructions provided to upload your entry as either a Word Document or an OpenOffice Writer File.
  • Directly at this link.

The deadline for submissions is 11 May 2014 (electronic delivery or registered mail).
No entries will be returned to competition participants. If you send your entry by post, please be sure to keep a copy for yourself.