Rules of the competition SMILE


‘60 years after Messina, giving a new impetus to Europe’


Article 1

The Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe (CVCE), a public undertaking with its registered office at Château de Sanem, L-4992 Sanem, listed on the Luxembourg Trade and Companies Register under number J43, represented by its Director, Marianne Backes, is jointly organising a free competition in connection with its participation in the European project ‘Sharing Messina Ideal a Lesson for all Europe’, launched by the Italian Council of the European Movement (CIME) to mark the 60th anniversary of the Messina Conference.


Article 2

This competition is open to anyone aged between 14 and 19 living in Luxembourg, Belgium or the Netherlands, excluding any children of permanent or temporary staff at the CVCE.


Article 3

Participants should indicate their last name, first name, age, country of residence, postal address, telephone number and email address on the registration form. By submitting a project in this competition, participants confirm their participation and agree to be bound by these rules. Only entries in which the participant has provided his or her full contact details shall be considered as valid and eligible for the competition. Any disputes concerning the interpretation or application of these rules shall be settled by the competition organisers. Participation in the competition is free of charge and voluntary.

Participants’ projects must be original and in multimedia format. The following entries will be accepted: videos, presentations (sequences of slides), drawings or photographs in digital format, and websites, based on the following question:

‘60 years ago, at the beginning of the European integration process, a major crisis threatened to undermine the path advocated by the founding fathers. The Messina Conference provided the impetus and the opportunity to identify specific, effective approaches and methods to revive the European integration process. In a European Union that is now highly advanced and has well-established institutions, a new crisis and a loss of public confidence in these institutions are again putting this common project at risk.

If we asked you today to find a way of renewing and strengthening the European project, what ideas and solutions would you come up with to give a new impetus to the ideals of peace, prosperity and solidarity between countries?’

Projects should be received by the selection panel no later than 19 May 2015. They may be sent by email to the address or in CD-ROM/DVD format by post to Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe, Château de Sanem, L-4992 Sanem, Luxembourg. They should be marked with the reference ‘SMILE competition’. Any projects received after 19 May 2015 will not be accepted by the selection panel.

The panel will be composed of representatives of the various partners of the SMILE project. Its decisions will be final.


Article 4

Each individual (with the same first and last name and the same address) may participate only once in the competition. The CVCE reserves the right to disqualify multiple entries by the same individual.

All participants waive any recourse.


Article 5

Once the entry period has closed, the selection panel will choose the three multimedia projects that it considers to be the most relevant, at its own discretion.

The winners will be contacted by the competition administrators to inform them of the prize that they have won.


Article 6

Various prizes will be distributed at the award ceremony, including:

  • a trip to Messina for the three winners and their accompanying adult;
  • various prizes related to the European and digital fields;
  • certificates for the participants


Article 7

The winning projects will also be given maximum visibility as they will be published on the organisers’ websites.


Article 8

Prizes may not be exchanged or redeemed for cash or any other type of good or service.


Article 9

The winners consent to their name being published on the website

Participants accept that their entry may not be returned and that it remains at the disposal of the organisers. The organisers reserve the right to use it in its entirety for the purposes of producing communication or educational material, without any payment or compensation to the participant. The projects may be published on the organisers’ websites. They may also be used by the organisers during educational events or initiatives. All participants who submit a project in this competition must own the rights for the submitted work. By submitting their project, they absolve the organisers of any liability or any costs or expenses of any kind that might be incurred as a result of the content of the project.

All projects submitted must be accompanied by a statement of consent from the participant with regard to the processing of his or her personal information in accordance with European directives and with the regulations in force in Luxembourg.


Article 10

Information concerning participants’ identity and contact details is gathered in order that checks may be carried out when the prize is awarded.

In accordance with Chapter VI of the Law of 2 August 2002 on the Protection of Persons with regard to the Processing of Personal Data, you have a right to access and rectify any personal information (Article 26).

You may exercise this right at any time by contacting the CVCE Legal Affairs Office (


Article 11

The CVCE reserves the right to amend the competition in accordance with the operating procedures, to cancel it at any moment in the event of factors outside its control or to change the prizes should circumstances so require. It shall not be held responsible if the competition has to be extended, cut short, amended or cancelled.


Article 12

These rules have been filed with the firm of Yves Tapella and Tom Nilles, judicial officers, at 14-16 rue du Canal, L-4050 Esch/Alzette, and may be consulted on the website A copy of the rules is available at the CVCE