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To help with that two lucky people will be picked to take a Eurotrip this spring and the catch, do tasks! Starting in Helsinki and finishing Brussels you will travel through 16 countries.

This is something I was sent from talktoeu

Having spent the last 7 months engaging Irish Citizens in EU politics and answering their questions, we thought it would be a good idea to put into practice a lot of what the EU preaches. We are aiming at the 18-30 demograph since they have been shown to be the least interested in politics. So, we’ve decided to engage them on their own turf via a campaign fueled and documented by social media.

We can’t give away much on the tasks or route for now, but we’ve designed them to reflect a lot of the issues and concerns that have popped up over the course of the talktoeu campaign.

The website is Below is the Press Release:

Tuesday 26th January 2010 Today sees the launch of Eurotrip, an exciting new competition which affords two thrill-seeking and fun loving multi-media adventurers, the opportunity to experience a once in a  lifetime trip around Europe this Spring. This once-off initiative will see the winning duo undertake an all expenses paid trip around Europe – but with a twist. The winners will be provided with an itinerary, which will require them to cover no less than 16 countries in just 20 days – no small feat – and, if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, they will also be given 12 uniquely quirky and challenging tasks, designed to test their limits and that of Ireland’s EU membership.

The two lucky winners will be asked to share their findings along the way online, by tweeting and facebooking each day, talking about the places they visit, the people they meet and the challenges they face.

If you have attitude and enthusiasm and require a new challenge for 2010, Eurotrip could be for you. Kicking off in Helsinki and finishing in Brussels, Eurotrip will include visits to Berlin, Prague, Ljubljana, Rome and Paris, with an eclectic mix of challenges on the way. Upon successful completion of the tasks, the cameras, laptops and GPS given to the contestants at the start of the trip to record their journey, will be theirs to keep as their final prize. Euro-trip is organised as part of the “Talk to EU” public information initiative funded by the European Commission.

TV personality, Baz Ashmawy who was on hand to launch Eurotrip, said “When I heard about this trip I just wanted to get involved. What a great way to travel around Europe and not only that, undertake some fun and interesting challenges. One thing I’ve learned when travelling, is that you have to roll with the punches along the way. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is up for it – be they students, graduates or someone who just fancies a break from the day job”.

Adding to this, Colin Hetherington from Zoo Digital said “The aim is that this trip will unearth some interesting findings and insights on what it means to be European. We’re encouraging those interested to visit the website and to get involved.  We’re looking for creative entries that stand out from the crowd and we’re encouraging interested participants to upload a video to showcase their personalities”.

Closing date for entries is the 10th March at 5.00pm. All entrants must be over 18 and free to travel from the 1st to the 21st April.

Best of luck to anyone who enters!

(PS I hate college, I have exams while this is on. 🙁 )

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Author: Stephen

Cork born and bred, proud European and Irishman. Involved in many organisations and politics. Also writes for and UCC Express.

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