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#oekoropa: Europe-wide youth competition on sustainable travelGoethe-Institut / Getty Images


EUrope-wide Youth competition on SUSTAINABLE travel 

Worldwide stay-at-home orders and border closings are presently determining our everyday lives. This is making us all the more aware of the value of personal encounters and of how strongly we are connected. Isolation requires sacrifices – especially when it comes to travel – but it also releases creativity. The greatest beneficiary of these radical restrictions is nature. 

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#oekoropa: General conditions of participation © Colourbox

General conditions of participation

Each team consists of 3 to 4 pupils aged between 16 and 19 years.


#oekoropa: Anmeldeformular © Goethe-Institut, Illustration: Tobias Schenk

Registration form

The concepts, written in German, must be submitted with a registration form and signed Conditions of Participation. The deadline is 1 October 2020.

Wegweiser mit Globus und zwei EU-Koffer © Goethe-Institut, Illustration: Tobias Schrank

The Concept

Each concept consists of two parts: the circular tour and an accompanying public relations strategy. 

Lolli © Goethe-Institut, Illustration: Tobias Schrank


In addition to unforgettable experiences, attractive prizes await you when you take part in the #oekoropa youth competition.

#oekoropa: Jury © Goethe-Institut, Illustration: Tobias Schrank


A jury of experts will decide the winners of the Sustainability Prize in October 2020.

The months of standstill give us time to ask questions:
Jugendwettbewerb #oekoropa How do we want to travel in Europe in future without polluting the environment? What can we do specifically against rising carbon dioxide emissions? How can we raise awareness of responsible mobility across Europe? 

These are the key questions of the Europe-wide, digital youth competition #oekoropa, which the Goethe-Institut is announcing effective immediately for the German EU Council Presidency. Pupils between the ages of 16 and 19 and teachers from all EU member states are invited to participate with their innovative concept for a climate-neutral journey across Europe. With the competition, the Goethe-Institut aims to demonstrate that travel is still possible in these times – at least as a concept, and later in a very real way. 

You, too, can join in from home!

Form teams on platforms, jointly create an innovative concept for circular tours from your hometown to the trio capitals of the EU Council Presidency (Berlin, Lisbon, and Ljubljana), and devise an idea for inspiring the public for a sustainable Europe.

The five teams that submit their travel concepts and fulfil all the criteria first will each receive €5,000 to implement sustainable measures at their school. The teams with the ten best concepts can start their journey in spring/summer 2021 and will receive financial support for this subject to the availability of budget funds. There is also an amazing prize for the Grand Prize winning team. It’s totally worth it! 

#oekoropa is a project by the Goethe-Institut, supported with special funds from the Federal Foreign Office for the German EU Council Presidency 2020.



You can send questions about the #oekoropa competition to the following email address: