Model European Union Scotland has won the UK section of the European Charlemagne Youth Prize.
Since 2008, the European Parliament together with the ‘Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen’ have each year been inviting young people from all EU Member States to submit projects run by and for youth showing an active participation in the development of Europe.
Model European Union Scotland 2017, held under the patronage of the European Parliament, promoted cultural and educational exchange with the purpose of political empowerment, and was the first in the European family of MEUs to be held in Scotland, the UK, and the North-East of Europe.
Its organising charity, Bringing Europeans Together Association Scotland, was the first dedicated EU youth membership organisation registered as a Scottish Charity/NGO.
MEU Scotland will now join other projects from each EU Member State in Aachen, Germany for consideration of the overall 2018 European Charlemagne Youth Prize winners.
Gary Paterson, President of MEU Scotland said:
“It is a true honour to win the UK section of the prestigous Charlemagne Youth Prize, and to be recognised alongside the very best of European youth initiatives.”
“MEU Scotland started as a dream between a small group of passionate young Europeans who want to empower other young people to shape change in our shared continent.
“Organised without funding but plenty of passion, we have been thrilled to set so many landmarks for the EU youth cause, and to create such a powerful experience for our participants which has resulted in us planning for an even bigger 2018.”
“In these challenging times as we prepare for the fights ahead, it is crucial more than ever that young Europeans lead the change that they want to see in society. We are going to keep fighting to help more and more of them do so, and very much appreciate this honoured recognition of our efforts.”
Nicoletta Primo, Vice President of MEU Scotland said:
“We are absolutely delighted that MEU Scotland has won the UK place in the European Charlemagne Youth Prize. This is the first project of its kind to be held in Scotland and its success demonstrates the passion and engagement young people have for the European Union.
“By bringing together young people from Europe and beyond, MEU Scotland has contributed to the goals of European integration and to the emergence of European identity. We are thrilled and honoured to have won the UK place and we very much look forward to MEU Scotland 2018.”