The European Parliament Information Office in Spain, together with the Representation of the European Commission in Spain and the Secretary of State for the European Union, announces the 20th edition of Euroscola Contest
The main topic of the contest will be the role of the European Parliament as a democratic body and the Elections to the European Parliament
The competition seeks to bring young people closer to the European Parliament
, an institution whose decisions
have an impact on the daily life
of over 500 million people living in the European Union, and which will be holding elections in May 2014.
The Contest will take place on an online educational interactive platform:
The Contest seeks to:
• Promote the use of Internet and new technologies as educational tools.
• Get the EU closer to the young people, improving their knowledge of Europe and their involvement in its building.
• Promote the learning of European languages as an essential tool to unite Europe. To this end, the contest will take place in English too.
It is essential that the participating students speak other European languages, since the winners attending the Euroscola Programme in Strasbourg will have to interact with contestants from other countries using English or French.
• In addition, Euroscola 2014 will adopt a multilingual conciliatory view
which reflects the wealth of linguistic diversity, and the academic reality of students in Spain.
The knowledge of foreign languages brings us together and increases our prospects. Although participants will have to choose one linguistic version to compete in (Spanish, Catalonian or English), they will be able to do work or activities towards the Final Stage of the Contest in Galician, Basque, Catalonian or Valencian, as official languages in their Regions.
Teams will also be able to express themselves or complete part of the work or activities done towards the Final Stage of the Contest using other European Union official languages such as French, Italian and German, depending on the academic options provided at their schools, in agreement with the option to study two foreign languages that is available in Spain, as fostered by the EU, from Secondary Education onwards.
Registrations will be completed online at
The competition is open to all Secondary, High School and Intermediate Vocational Training centres located within the Spanish territory.
Contestants must register as teams
comprising 10 students
(aged 15 to 18
) and a teacher
, who will be the team leader
and its representative before the organisation of Euroscola. At a school internal level, work can be jointly coordinated by several teachers.
The same teacher can register as many teams as he/she can put together, and he/she will be in charge/accountable for all of them. However, only one team per school may compete for the final prize, based on the highest number of points scored.
can be completed online via the Competition website from from December 19th 2013 to March 15st 2014
The competition will start on February 3rd
and will end on April 10th
• Initial stage:
This period will take place between February 3rd
and March 21st
It will comprise the following tasks:
an introductory comic
, watching audiovisual materials
the topics of the contest through Euroscola’s accounts in diverse social networks
Teams will only need follow Euroscola in one social network, since the same information will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and Tuenti.
The contents of the comic, its links and the audiovisual materials will be evaluated during the initial stage with an objective test
The comic and the audiovisual materials will be included on the Euroscola website, where all the participant teams will have access to the same material.
- Preparation of the activity(ies) for the Final Stage
: Beginning of planning and communication tasks required to do the activities of the final stage. During this period, teams will have to make a blog where they will reflect the activities done in relation with the topics of the Contest.
• Final stage:
This period will start on March 24th and will end on April 10th
It will comprise the following tasks:
- Creating of a blog
detailing the initiative
that was developed by each team. Teams can use any free of charge platform for the creation and hosting of blogs, such as: WordPress, Blogger, Livejournal, Xanga, Edublogs, or any other technological platform that a team may wish to use as directed by its leading teacher
- Designing a plan
for the promotion and dissemination of their initiative
: Depending on the activity they chose, each team will have to devise how to gain as much exposure as possible.
- Liaising with Europe Direct centres in their area so that these provide their support and contribute to the initiative’s exposure. Teams will previously inform these centres about their initiatives
Contact information for all the Europe Direct centres located in Spain will be posted on the Euroscola website.
- Carrying out the proposed initiative to improve the policies of the European Union on the marked topics and providing evidence that it has been carried out.
will be published between March 24 and April 10
. Teams will receive detailed instructions on how to post blog URL’s on the Euroscola website This will be the only communication format accepted by the Contest organizers.
No later than April 10 at 18:00
, teams must post on their blogs a report on the execution of their proposed initiative
. The report can include media mentions (school web or blog, school magazine, local paper or online press, etc.) about the initiative, as well as pictures or videos showing that the initiative actually took place.
Teams are advised to get in touch and work together with their school’s Technology teachers to select the platform to be used to develop and host their blog. Likewise, teams are encouraged to seek counsel from their Language and Art teachers so that the end result of their work is better.
All teams entering the competition must abide by the regulations governing the use of resources by minors
, the right to privacy and copyright
. The teachers leading the teams entering the competition are in charge of instructing the young team members on safe internet browsing techniques that are to be used at all times. They will also be responsible for securing the minors tutors or legal representatives’ consent, if necessary, for the publication of images, pictures or videos developed during their participation in the Euroscola 2013 competition.
The EUROSCOLA competition is an educational Project fostering "Education in Values". All projects and proposals must be the result of the students’ reflection and of their original and documented proposals. ‘Plagiarised/copied’ works or works with no quality at all or with such a poor quality that they are testament to a lack of review work by the team itself will be disqualified.
All teams are reminded to always quote their sources
when publishing proposals including surveys, reports, pictures or videos.
2014 is a EUROPEAN ELECTIONS year. That is why the European Parliament Information Office in Spain will watch over the strict compliance of the Organic Law 5/1985 and the Organic Law 2/2011, of the General Electoral Regime.
The European Parliament Information Office in Spain accepts no liability whatsoever for comments which could be made on the different Contest diffusion and promotion platforms during the election period, that is, from the publishing date of call of elections in the State’s Official Gazette, 54 days before the Election Day. However, the European Parliament Information Office in Spain will remove any comment which infringes the aforementioned regulations.
The weight of the proposed activities on the final score will be determined as follows:
• The value of the activities proposed in the Contest, in relation with the final scoring, will be as follows:
• The knowledge displayed by teams of the rights and benefits that come with being European and of the role of the European Parliament will be graded according to their performance in an objective knowledge assessment (final test): 50% of final score. Scores will be notified individually to each team.
• The initiatives/activities
done towards the Final Stage of the Contest in relation with the topics of the contest, which include planning, progress, start-up, repercussion, communication or diffusion, as well as a final initiative completion report
drafted by the team and their leader teacher. A Jury will value the blogs presented: 50% of the final score
The Jury will rate blogs according to the:
• Originality of the initiative: 5 marks
• Quality of the blog and its contents: 5 marks
• Inclusion of European Union values in the blog: 5 marks
• Execution and exposure of the initiative: 5 marks
Once the jury has scored the initiatives reflected on the blogs, plus the scores of the objective test a list of schools whose teams become winners, finalists or are amongst the top five teams per region
, will be published on the website of the Contest. In case the initiative(s)/activity(ies) and the results of the test fail to reach a minimum quality in a particular Autonomous Community or City, the Jury will be able to declare the Contest void in this Autonomous Community or City.
The Jury’s decision cannot be contested.
The competition winners will take part
in the Euroscola Programme at the European Parliament in Strasbourg
, and they will receive a grant
to help with travel costs. The amount of the grant will be determined based on the distance between the city where the school is located and the city of Strasbourg.
Participating in the Euroscola Programme is a unique, unforgettable experience that gives students the opportunity to experience the European integration endeavour first-hand. The winners of the Competition in Spain will be able to experience, together with winning teams from other EU countries, what it feels like to become a Member of the European Parliament for a day at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
Students will get to know the work that is done at the European Parliament first-hand by debating topics of interest for young people, engaging in negotiations with participants from other countries, and finally voting and reaching agreements on hot issues for Europe. The Euroscola Programme gives students the chance to interact and exchange views using a second language. These young students get to also represent their school and their region, in a knowledge sharing exercise that illustrates the diversity of the peoples of Europe and fosters cultural exchange.
Contestants will address the Parliament and speak in Parliament Commission meetings to debate and vote resolutions on pressing issues; they will practice foreign languages and will share their ideas with young people from other EU countries. Teachers will also be given a chance to meet up with colleagues from other countries and share classroom practices and educational information.
Further information on the Euroscola Programme is available on the Euroscola section of the European Parliament website:
There will be one finalist from each Autonomous Community. The top ten (10) teams from all the finalists will be the winners, regardless of their competing in Spanish or Catalan. Each winner team must come from a different Autonomous Community.
Having regard for foreign languages, there will also be a prize for the two (2) teams with the highest score among those competing in English, regardless of whether a team of the same Autonomous Community has won the competition in Spanish or Catalan.
Besides team members, each winning team may invite up to 14 additional students and 1 teacher from their school to participate in the programme. So that a new school can get to know the European Parliament with every new edition of the Euroscola, only those schools that have not won the competition in the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 editions may compete for the final prize. However, the aforementioned schools may compete for the prizes given out by each Autonomous Community or partner institutions, as these deem appropriate.
The European Parliament′s Information Office in Spain will provide contact details for all winning teams to the European Parliament Office in Strasbourg. The relevant party in Strasbourg will correspond with the teams to make the appropriate arrangements for the participation of the winning teams in the Euroscola Programme.
and the participation
in the Euroscola Programme in Strasbourg
will take place during the 2014/2015 academic year
, or else during the second term of 2015
, should such extension be requested by a large number of participants.
The European Parliament reserves the right to cancel or modify the terms of participation in the Euroscola programme in case of force majeure.
The European Parliament′s Information Office in Spain invites multiple national andregional organizations with interests in the topic of the contest to promote the Contest and contribute additional prizes. These prizes reach the teams through the appropriate Autonomous Community. Likewise, the students and teachers of the the five teams of each Autonomous Community will receive a European Parliament Diploma (one diploma per team).
The organization of Euroscola assumes no liability set forth by partner institutions and contributors in connection with prizes and selection terms & conditions.
An email address will be made available for teams on the competition website to make enquiries and report technical issues, provided these are made with sufficient time that a solution can be found that has no impact on equal competition terms for all teams.
Once published, the list of winners and runner-up teams
will be final
Registration in Euroscola 2013 implies acceptance of these rules.
All the teachers leading teams completing the final stage of Euroscola will enter a raffle to win an iPad. According to the regulations in effect, a notary public will oversee the raffle is done appropriately and legally.
The result of the raffle will be announced directly to the winner by the organizers and will be made public on Euroscola’s account in diverse social networks .