European Commission launches children’s competition

THE EUROPEAN Commission (EC)has launched a drawing, painting and short film competition for school children, aged between six and 16 years old, from member and candidate countries, with the topic of climatic change.

The initiative will feature in Green Week 2005, which is due to take place from May 31 until June 3, when there will be conferences and exhibitions about the environment. The week aims to build awareness and motivate children and young people to help find solutions for serious environmental problems.

The competition which closes on March 15, is divided into two categories: drawing and painting for children aged between six and 10 years old, and the making of a digital video film for children aged between 11 and 16 years. The three best entries from each category will be awarded with a trip to Brussels, where they will receive a prize and the opportunity to visit the European Commission.

The 20 best entries will feature in the exhibition staged for Green Week 2005. The EC outlines that drawings and paintings should illustrate the eventual changes to local ecosystems caused by global warming, or ideas for ways to prevent atmospheric pollution and climatic changes. The video films must be no longer than three minutes and should show the causes of climatic change, as well as ideas that could contribute to an improved situation.

All entries should be contributed through a school, in digital format. For more details about the competition and its rules, consult the website