Read the Winning Entries to the TEPSA Student Contest 2020

With the support of the Europe for Citizens (EfC) Programme, the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) organised a student contest on the theme of “solidarity in the EU”, open to high-school, undergraduate, and graduate students from the TEPSA network and beyond.

Today, we are pleased to publish the winning submissions to the TEPSA Student Contest at the High School, Undergraduate, and Postgraduate levels. Our winners are invited to attend TEPSA’s EU@Work seminars taking place in Brussels in October 2020, with travel and accommodation costs covered.

High School and Undergraduate students were required to submit a short essay reflecting on the theme of solidarity in the EU. They  provided concrete recommendations to policy makers in their chosen topic area. Graduate students were required to submit a short policy brief reflecting on the theme of solidarity in the EU. They  provided concrete recommendations to policy makers in their chosen topic area.

High School level winner: “Solidarity Beyond Borders: EU Enlargement in the Western Balkans”, Vlad Șipoș

Vlad Șipoș is a student at Colegiul Național Bănățean in Timișoara, Romania. We felt that Vlad’s contribution was a strong academic contribution to the conversation surrounding Western Balkans enlargement. This unique and relevant topic, discussed in a skillful and convincing manner, demonstrated the author’s dedication to the future of European solidarity.

You can read Vlad’s policy paper here.

Undergraduate level winner: “Fostering Solidarity through a Reformed EU Asylum Policy”, Chiara Mingozzi

Chiara Mingozzi is an Undergraduate Student from the University College, Cork. We felt that Chiara’s contribution was a strong case-study based essay, demonstrating a detailed and consistent understanding of solidarity as a concept, and culminating in concrete policy recommendations towards integration.

You can read Chiara’s policy paper here.

Postgraduate level winner: “Climate Change and Environmental Protection: Ensuring Intergenerational Solidarity”, by Arun Mahato

Arun Mahato is an MA Student at the Institute for European Global Studies, University of Basel. We found his paper to be reflective of the current state of affairs regarding EU Climate policies and provided with extensive, bold, and up-to-date recommendations.

You can read Arun’s policy paper here.

Postgraduate level winner: “Addressing Coordination Issues in the COVID-19 Crisis to strengthen long-term Solidarity in the European Union”, Joël Christoph

Joël Christoph is a French MA-ML Student at Johns Hopkins University SAIS and Tsinghua University. We felt that Joël’s contribution demonstrated a high level of analysis, with thorough and convincing argumentation. Joël’s policy paper reflected the key priorities of the COVID-19 recovery, and gave detailed recommendations to ensure their success.

You can read Joël’s policy paper here.