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#oekoropa: Europe-wide youth competition on sustainable travel© Goethe-Institut


Under the #oekoropa we are looking for young people who have a desire for a green journey through Europe in 2021.
You are students between 16 and 19 years? Then join us and develop a concept for a climate neutral tour through Europa.
You decide whether your trip should be virtual or physical!
Submit your concept and win one of our prizes!

* The closing date for entries is November 15, 2020.


End of the Application period

The deadline for submitting climate-neutral travel concepts has ended.

The #oekoropa jury has reviewed the submitted concepts and has now decided on the ten winning teams of the Sustainability Award!

Below you can find out which 10 teams have won the sustainability award!

You can get to know all the teams that have won one of our prizes and their concepts on our landing page from December 11th: www.oekoropa.de

Take a look!


Explanatory video of the competition

#Oekoropa logo

  • 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?

Winners of our sustainability award

We congratulate the winners of our sustainability award (silver prize) on winning 5,000 €! The teams can now decide whether to use the money for their trip next year or for sustainable measures at their school/city. In addition, all teams and their teachers will receive a Goethe folding bicycle.

The winners are:

  • The team "Die FAIRreisenden" from Germany
  • The team "Eco Travellers" from Germany
  • The team "ErlebenEuropa" from Great Britain
  • The team "Girls Gone Green" from Romania
  • The team "GreenTeens" from Greece
  • The team "Green Traveller" from Denmark
  • The team "International Crew" from Germany
  • The team "RMGonTour" from Germany
  • The team "The Sustainables" from Romania
  • The team "TreecoTravel" from Great Britain

On behalf of the jury and the Goethe-Institut, we congratulate the teams on winning the sustainability prize! We would also like to thank all the submitted climate-neutral travel concepts. We are thrilled to see how many different, exciting and creative concepts have reached us from different EU countries!

Winners of our fast developer Award

We congratulate the winners of our fast developer prize (bronze prize) on winning 5.000 € for sustainable measures at their school!

These five teams were the quickest to submit their concepts for a climate-neutral trip to the cities of Berlin, Ljubljana and Lisbon in full.

 The winners are:

Find out what the teams like about the project #oekoropa and which sustainable ideas they want to realize with the prize:

Videoclips der Gewinnerteams

Everything important about the competition

#oekoropa: General conditions of participation ©Tobias Schrank

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 15 November 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 November 2020.

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

Hellgrünes Logo des Goethe-Instituts auf weißem Grund Logo EU 2020


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


Under the project #oekoropa we are looking for young people who are interested in a sustainable journey to the cities of Lisbon, Berlin and Ljubljana in 2021.
Submit your two-part concept on our website.
The first part provides a detailed description of your environmentally friendly round trip to the mentioned stations.
The second part describes a communication strategy with which you want to draw the attention of as many people as possible to your trip as well as to topics related to sustainable travel.
Each team consists of at least 3 to maximum 4 students
There is no limit on how many teams can participate per school. However, the different teams should develop their own, independent concepts.
Since this project is funded by the German Foreign Office during the German Council Presidency, only students from EU member states are addressed.
Due to the transition period, students from Great Britain may also participate.
Sometimes it can take a while until you receive the confirmation of receipt. If you still haven't heard from us after three days, don't hesitate to contact oekoropa@goethe.de.
- Each team member must be between 16 and 19 years old at the time of concept submission.
- Pupils from general or vocational schools in EU member states may participate.
- More information can be found on our website under "General conditions of participation".
Rapid Developer Prizes (Bronze):
- The authors of the first five concepts (parts 1 and 2), which are received by July 31, 2020 at the latest and meet all the criteria mentioned, will each receive 5.000 EUR for environmental protection measures for their school.

Sustainability Prizes (Silver):
- The ten teams with the most convincing concepts will receive 5.000 EUR and a bicycle for each team member as a gift.