Youth initiatives

Young people have a central role in shaping tomorrow’s Europe. That’s why we organise a range of initiatives around Europe intended to help you learn more about economics, central banking and the ECB’s responsibilities, and to give you the chance to share with us your views and ideas on the topics that interest and affect you.

Model European Council at the ECB

On 28 and 29 March 2019, around 200 students from all over Europe participated in a Model European Council meeting at the ECB. They took on different roles, from interpreters to heads of state, and debated important European affairs, such as the future of the eurozone.

Photos of the event

ECB Youth Dialogue with Benoît Cœuré

Around 170 students joined our Youth Dialogue with Executive Board member Benoît Cœuré in Milan on 13 March 2019. He answered questions of students at Bocconi University about population ageing, gender equality, the future of cash and many other topics.

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Euro Video Challenge

What’s it like to visit the ECB for the first time? In 2017 we asked young Europeans to create a short, engaging video about economics in our Euro Video Challenge. A year later we invited the finalists to the ECB to let them experience economics first-hand.

Find out more about the Euro Video Challenge
Photos of the finalists’ visit


Sendung mit der Maus

On 3 October 2018 around 150 fans of Germany’s well-known children’s show “Die Sendung mit der Maus” had a great time discovering the ECB as part of a country-wide “open doors” event. Children and their families took part in fun activities and learned about the ECB, the euro and the EU.


Photos of the event
Find out more (in German)


Young economists’ competition at ECB Forum

Are you a PhD student in economics or finance? Do you want to present your research to policymakers and top academics? Apply to our young economists’ competition and win a trip to the ECB Forum on Central Banking in Sintra, Portugal – the final winner receives a €10,000 prize.

Find out more about the competition
Discover more about the ECB Forum on Central Banking


Generation €uro Students’ Award

Interested in economics? Want to learn more about the ECB and monetary policy? Then sign up for the Generation €uro Students’ Award, a competition open to teams of students from secondary schools in the euro area.

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