Youth Essay Competition 2022

Clock Deadline: 26. September 2022.

Youth Essay Competition 2022


The Youth Essay Competition is organized by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. Every year, the competition aims to focus young minds on resolving a key societal challenge.


This year’s challenge

This year the competition asks young people to think about the theme: Our European economies are highly dependent on fossil fuel energies. How can future young entrepreneurs contribute to a more sustainable economy?


Do you have something to say on this topic and would you like to get your ideas out there? Then the YEC is for you! All you have to do is write a 2,500-word essay in English.


The YEC jury will then select three finalists who will attend the SME Assembly in November, where they will present their essays to the 500+ delegates gathered at the assembly.


Check you’re eligible

Before you even start work, the first thing you need to do is to make sure you’re eligible to enter. For this, you have to be aged 18-25 (inclusive) and a citizen of a country that participates in COSME – the EU programme for small and medium-sized enterprises.


The COSME countries are as follows: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Kosovo*, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.


Be on time

The deadline for sending your essays in is 26 September 2022.

You can upload them HERE or e-mail them to [email protected]. Any work received after 26 September won’t be considered. So manage your time well and be punctual!


The European Commission’s Directorate- General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs