Laura Gaynor, the eighteen year old filmmaker from Sligo, Ireland has won the first prize in the Illustration Competition "Being a European Citizen: how do you see it?" organized by the EPP Group in the Committee of the Regions. She was commended for answering a rather difficult competition question in a simple and straightforward way. Her artwork won the contest just ahead of the illustration from Tiago Veras, architect and urban planner from Lisbon, Portugal, who will receive the second prize.
Laura and Tiago's works came among many other graphics, paintings, diagrams, cartoons and photos submitted by citizens of all EU Member States who tried to illustrate the complex concept of European Citizenship. The jury composed of Michael Schneider (EPP/CoR Group President), Joseph Daul (EPP/EP Group President), John Macdonald (Head of Task Force for the European Year of Citizens 2013, European Commission), Colm Lauder (Youth EPP Secretary General) and Hege Van Dijke (Centre for European Studies) had a very difficult decision to take, choosing from illustrations that came from across the continent.
Laura's winning illustration “Because I'm an EU citizen I have the freedom to study all over Europe” captures two students in similar position behind their desks, with different views behind their windows: one with the Irish fields and other with the famous Eiffel tower in Paris.
"Erasmus lets young people discover, learn and study the complexity of the European lifestyles, traditions, habits, differences and commonalities that we share on the continent. No matter whether we have the Eiffel Tower or Irish fields behind our window, we share the same possibilities and rights that Europe fuels us with. And isn't that the point that answers our competition's question?"
– compliments Jury President Michael Schneider.
Joseph Daul admires the work of 36-years-old Portuguese-Brazilian architect and urban-planner:
"I like very much Tiago's idea to compare the EU construction with a bike, which the citizens are driving together to create a common path".
Additionally, the Jury has decided to award 2 illustrations with an honorary mention:
Illya Rozenbaum (Belgium) “Europe. Ageing and Proud of It”
Miroslav Hajnos (Slovakia) “United in diversity is the motto of EU, but also motto of me as European citizen!”
Our winners: Laura and Tiago will visit the Committee of the Regions in Brussels during the Open Days event on 8th October 2013. They will not only get a chance to discover the European capital and receive their iPads but most of all a well-deserved round of applause.
In addition to these winning entries, many other illustrations submitted to the competition will be published in a book "EU Citizenship in 2020: what role for regions and cities", which will be presented to the public later this year.
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