My European Union, My Ireland, My EU50!
To commemorate 50 years of EU membership in Ireland, we want to celebrate with young people across the nation, to see their creativity and new ideas about Ireland and Europe. ‘MyEU50: The Ireland EU50 Youth Competition’ will run over all three levels of education in Ireland; Primary, Post-Primary and Third Level.
For Primary and Post-Primary Level, we have €2,000 up for grabs for the winning entry per level! So join us and let’s get creative about Ireland and Europe!
Further details can be found below!
MyEU50 opens for primary and post-primary level!
Deadline for submissions for primary and post-primary level!
Finalists and winners announced for primary and post-primary level!
Exhibition Day in Dublin for primary and post-primary level finalists!
MyEU50 opens for third level!
8 May 1945 – End of World War II in Europe
After years of war across Europe, the continent was devastated, leaving millions of people are dead, injured, or displaced, with cities, farms and industries damaged.
9 May 1950 – A plan for a new Europe
The French Foreign Minister, Robert Schuman, presents a plan for deeper cooperation between European countries. In his plan, coal and steel will be jointly managed together by European countries. These were to two industries use to make war. The 9 May is celebrated as ‘Europe Day’.
18 April 1951 – European Coal and Steel Community
Based on plan by Robert Schuman, six countries sign the Treaty of Paris to jointly run their coal and steel industries together. The six countries were West Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. The European Coal and Steel Community comes into being on 23 July 1952.
25 March 1957 – Treaties of Rome
Due to the success of the European Coal and Steel Community, the six countries expand their cooperation to other economic areas. They do this by signing two treaties in Rome, creating the European Economic Community (EEC), and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom). They come into effect on 1 January 1958.
August 1961 – The Berlin Wall is built
The Communist government in East Germany builds a wall across Berlin. It becomes a symbol of the separation of Eastern (Communist) and Western (Democratic) Europe during the Cold War, which followed after the end of World War II in May 1945.
30 July 1962 – The Common Agricultural Policy
The Common Agricultural Policy was established, giving EEC countries joint control over food production, to ensure quality food and providing farmers with a good living. However, since the 1990s, it has focused on cutting surpluses, raising food quality and promote sustainability.
1 July 1968 – The Customs Union
The six EEC countries remove customs duties on goods being imported between each other, helping trade grow between them. They also apply the same rules on imports from into the EEC.
1 January 1973 – From six to nine countries
Denmark, Ireland, and the United Kingdom join the EEC.
1973 – Oil crisis hits Europe
Following an Arab-Israeli war in October, Middle East oil-producing countries increase prices and restrict sales to certain European countries. This creates economic problems throughout the EEC.
June 1979 – First direct elections to the European Parliament
EEC citizens directly elect the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) for the first time. MEPs sit in pan-European political groups, not in national delegations.
1 January 1981 – Greece joins the EEC
Greece joins the EEC, becoming its 10th member.
1 January 1986 – Spain and Portugal join the EEC
Spain and Portugal join the EEC, bringing membership to 12 countries.
September 1987 – Erasmus begins
The EU beings the Erasmus programme, which helps EU university students go and study in other EU universities.
What is Ireland EU50?
Ireland EU50 is a programme of initiatives and events marking Ireland’s 50 years of EU membership since our decision to join the EEC in 1972. Ireland’s EU membership over the last 50 years has coincided with radical and transformative change across the social and economic landscape of Ireland. The EU has been a catalyst in the creation of the prosperous, peaceful and progressive Ireland we live in today and Ireland has too contributed to the development of today’s European Union. For more information on Ireland EU50 and the initiatives promoting the EU click the following link: https://ireland.ie/en/eu50/
What is 'MyEU50: Ireland EU50 Youth Competition'?
MyEU50 is a competition across all three levels of education in Ireland, Primary schools, Post-Primary schools, and Third Level Institutions, hosted by European Movement Ireland in partnership with the Government of Ireland. The competition’s aim is to mark Ireland’s 50 years of EU membership by challenging pupils and students to be creative and explore new ideas about Ireland and Europe.
Do I need to register interest in MyEU50 to submit an entry?
No, you can still enter a submission if you didn’t register your interests. Registering your interest in MyEU50 means that we will send you additional information and send reminders to submit your entry before the before the deadline.
When is the deadline for submitting an entry?
28 October 2022
When will the finalists and winners be announced?
The finalists for Primary Level and Post-Primary Level will be announced in November 2022.
Will our entry be made public?
Yes, a selection of entries will be shared online. Please make sure when submitting your entry that you have received media consent from all pupils/students in your entry and have submitted a media consent form along with your entry form.
When and where is the ‘Exhibition Day’?
The ‘Exhibition Day’ will be hosted in Dublin City Centre with a venue to be announced closer to the date. The day will be hosted late November/early December. Winning entries will be notified of the location and date.
Do I need previous knowledge of the EU to take part in the competition?
You need no prior knowledge of the EU to take part in the competition. We provide information and resources aimed at both Primary Level pupils and Post-Primary Schools students that you can use in as basis of your learnings about the EU in this competition.
Can I get support about the MyEU50: Ireland EU50 Youth Competition as we work on our entry?
Yes, the MyEU50 team are here to support you in preparing your entry. You can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01 662 5815.
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