Youth Essay Prize Competition: first winners and the second call

The competition was announced at the beginning of 2017 with a first cut-off date of 31 March, with a view to holding a second call to follow later in the year.

The call invited young (under 30 years) citizens of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to submit essays of up to 3,000 words in English on any topic relevant to the Association Agreements & DCFTAs of their countries with the EU.

The essays should be of good analytical and linguistic quality, and preferably choose a theme where the author is able to demonstrate knowledge in some depth through studies, research or professional experience. The essays should have an interesting argument or proposition to make. The winning prizes will be published here.

There are to be up to six prizes to be awarded, with the winners to receive prize money of 500 euro.

YEPC first winners and the second call

From the first call two prizes have now been awarded, to:

We congratulate both authors. The jury remarked: “Dinu’s essay is a very professional piece of policy analysis. Bogdan’s essay is a remarkably mature and moving contribution from a high school student”.

Short-listed runners-up were:

  • Marina Rabinovych from Odessa, Ukraine.
  • Rodian Rusnac from Chisinau, Moldova.

Second call: submissions are now invited, following the same guidelines as indicated above. Submissions can be addressed at any time up until 31 August 2017, by e-mail to There remain up to four prizes to be awarded.