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The contest Eurocompetition, organised by the European Commission, has been held from September to December 2008. Its aim? To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the euro and the Economic and Monetary Union.

Winning work by Viktόria Š. (Slovakia)

Winning work by Viktόria Š. (Slovakia)

The young artists whose posters you can see here, aged 10 to 14 years old, are students of schools of the Euroarea (that is the 16 countries in which the euro is used: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain). The students have been asked to express what the euro means to them, since most of them have never known any other currency than the euro. It was thus really interesting to give them the occasion to express themselves on the subject of the values the euro symbolizes and of their expectations regarding the single currency.

Georgina G. (Spain)

Georgina G. (Spain)

Therefore the goal of the contest was not only to reward the most artistic work of art, but also to arouse debates about the euro, discussions within classrooms, families and among peer students. The jury, made up of representatives of the European Commission and of the European Schoolnet, and by art teachers, have selected the winners in regard to their creativity, originality, but also and especially for the message their work passes on. Each “artist” had thus to write a short comment explaining his/her poster.

Frederieke M. (the Netherlands)

Frederieke M. (the Netherlands)

Altogether, no fewer than 1892 students have entered the competition. A winner and two finalists have been selected per contestant country and among them, a winner has been rewarded: Viktόria Š. (Slovakia), whereas a special mention has been awarded to Frederieke M. (the Netherlands) and Georgina G. (Spain).

More information: http://www.eurocompetition.net/ww/en/pub/ecfin/homepage.htm