Tuesday, 31 May 2011 13:52


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We can happily announce that E&M has won the European Charlemagne Youth Prize 2011!

The Prize 

The Charlemagne Youth Prize is organised by the European Parliament and the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen and is awarded for projects that foster a shared sense of European identity and integration among young people. The award comes with a prize of €5000.

The first prize was awarded by European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek to two of our editors (and co-founders) Christopher Wratil and Lucy Duggan at a ceremony in Aachen this morning. Presenting the award Mr. Buzek described E&M as "extremely original" and felt that "the main message... is that Europe is, can, and should be 'cool'." Collecting the Prize Christopher Wratil said "like many young people we live in Europe, and that is what the magazine stands for." Whilst Lucy Duggan reflected on how the project emerged, saying that "we were fed up with the perception that Europe is just the EU and ends somewhere behind Slovenia."

E&M is the first project from the UK to win the European Charlemagne Youth Prize. Every country nominates one project ("national winner") that then gets invited to Aachen, Germany, for the European final prize. Second prize went to the Greek project '"Balkans Beyond Borders" and third prize to the Spanish "Escena Erasmus Project."

E&M: The Project

E&M is an online lifestyle magazine created by young Europeans for young Europeans in 2007. Its motto is to "make Europe personal", because Europe is often identified only with politics and bureaucracy. Today, E&M is a platform that allows people to take the initiative, develop themselves and find like-minded individuals from across the continent. They approach Europe from a transnational perspective with authors and readers in over 20 different countries.

We would like to thank the European Charlemagne committee for awarding us this great honour, as well as the UK committee for selecting us to be the UK representative for the second year in a row.

We must also thank the hundreds of dedicated authors, editors, and partners who have helped us to reach out to the whole of Europe like never before! And of course, most of all we would like to thank our readers for continually inspiring us with fantastic stories from across the continent. It's your input and interest that helps us carry on exploring, writing, and sharing the many examples of how wonderfully diverse, amazing and interconnected Europe really is!  

Check out the official European Parliament press release!  

Carmen, Chris, Fabian, Fátima, Helya, Johannes, Juliane, Laura, Lucy, Marta, Martin, and Matt

Last modified on Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:50

If the Editorial team had an actual office it would have to stretch from the corner of Britain to the edges of Spain, Sweden, Germany and beyond. (With frequent trips to America too) .  The term 'from the editorial office' then, is very much a figure of speech. 

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