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#Oekoropa: Teilnahmebedingungen© Goethe-Institut, Illustration: Tobias Schrank

General conditions of participation

Students 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 trip through Europe.

Jugendwettbewerb #oekoropa

Europe-wide youth competition on sustainable travel

  • Each team consists of at least 3 to a maximum of 4 pupils from general or vocational schools in EU member states.
  • The participants must be between 16 and 19 years old when the concept is submitted.
  • At least one student per team must be fluent in the German language and able to act as a team spokesperson. The other team members should have at least a basic knowledge of German.
  • Each team needs one teacher from the respective school who will digitally supervise the concept making. Each team will also be accompanied by this teacher on its possible journey through Europe.
  • A team may consist of pupils from different schools of one location given the supervising teacher agrees.
  • The concept must be written in German and submitted digitally via the # oekoropa website. Concepts on paper will not be accepted.
  • The pdf document “Conditions for Participation #oekoropa ” and, if participants are of minor age, also the document “Declaration on Supervisory Duties #oekoropa” located on this project website must be downloaded, signed and submitted digitally together with the concept and the registration form.
    The maximum total size for the documents is 15 MB.  
  • There is no entitlement to the prize. The jury’s decision is final. It is not possible to change or exchange the prizes. Prize claims are not transferable. Resale is strictly prohibited.
  • The ten teams that win the Sustainability Prizes agree to work together to develop an action recommendation for the EU Parliament.
  • The deadline for submitting the concepts is 15 November 2020
  • Please note that the Goethe-Institut reserves the right to alter dates.
  • Send your questions to oekoropa@goethe.de.


#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.

Kristina Cunningham

Kristina Cunningham Kristina Cunningham She works as a senior expert on multilingualism in the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture at the European Commission in Brussels. Her main focus is the implementation of the EU Council Recommendation on a comprehensive approach to language teaching and learning.

Education, multilingualism and youth work are areas that can be supported by EU programmes. In the school sector, the European Commission promotes "communities" for teachers through the School Education Gateway and eTwinning. Climate protection and environmental issues, as well as "Distance / Blended Learning" are currently very important topics in these areas.

What is your motivation to join #oekoropa?

It is a great pleasure for me to be a member of the jury for the #oekoropa competition. For several years now, young people all over Europe have been thinking about climate and environmental issues. The movement, which has gained a lot of strength thanks to Greta Thunberg, has taken on a whole new meaning since March 2020. Today, there is no longer a person in the economically strong regions of the world who does not think about how private and business trips can be planned and carried out more sustainably.

At the end of 2019, the European Commission had already taken the decision to make climate change and environmental challenges the eTwinning theme of the year 2020. This has led to an impressive number of interesting projects in school classes, which have enabled intensive cross-border cooperation for children and young people during the period of school closures. I am very curious to see what interesting ideas will be developed and elaborated through this Goethe-Institut initiative.

 I wish all participants* a lot of fun and good luck!