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So Similar, So Different, So European Writing Contest

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Emeline Mauduit

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Participate in the writing contest organised by the European Commission Directorate for Enlargement in partnership with cafébabel. In 1000 words, tell us about your vision of enlargement of the European Union. The contest opens today.

The European Commission has just launched a writing competition entitled 'So similar, so different, so European'.

Young people from across Europe are invited to share their views in an article of max. 1000 words, on one or both of the following questions related to the enlargement of the European Union: 

- What is your experience in an enlarged European Union? 

- How can the enlarged European Union meet the challenges of the future?

"Our enlargement policy is a cornerstone of the European peace project. By helping our friends realize their European aspirations, we create shared stability and prosperity around our Union. I am sure that this writing competition will produce exciting and creative works and will inspire a new generation of young Europeans who will build our common home together in the future." – said Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.

The writing competition runs until 27 February 2015 (midday CET) and is open to young people aged 18-25 who are citizens of the 28 EU Member States.

National juries will select one winner per country, who will be invited to Brussels on a three-day study visit. Their winning articles will also be published by the European Commission and be offered to Europe’s leading media for publication.

For more information on the writing competition and on how to participate, visit the website

Contact: David Grivet (, Press officer at ICF Mostra, +32 2 537 44 00

For questions on EU Enlargement, please contact  Ms Anca Paduraru,, +32 2 296 64 30

Translated from Lancement du concours d'écriture “Si semblables, si différents, tellement européens”