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European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR)
News article6 April 2020Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations

Commission launches competition for aspiring young journalists

Today, the European Commission is launching the 2020 edition of the Youth4Regions competition for aspiring young journalists.


Today, the European Commission is launching the 2020 edition of the Youth4Regions competition for aspiring young journalists. Youth4Regions is a programme to help journalism students and young journalists discover what the EU is doing in their region. As of today, they can apply to participate in the eponymous competition, and based on their application, 33 winners will be selected. They will be invited to Brussels during the EU Week for Regions and Cities expected to take place in October 2020, where they will be able to follow trainings, receive mentorship from established journalists, work together with the latter in the pressroom and visit the EU institutions and media organisations. Successful applicants will also be considered for the Megalizzi – Niedzielski prize for aspiring journalists. Applications are welcomed from EU Member States, neighbouring and accession countries. The application form and the conditions for participation are available on the programme's webpage,, until 13 July 2020. A survey among former participants of the programme found that 18% of the respondents had received a job offer thanks to the programme and that 97% considered that the programme helped them improve their understanding of the EU and Regional Policy.

For more information:

Vivian Loonela – Tel.: +32 229 66712
Sara Soumillion – Tel.: + 32 229 67094