RECOMMENDATION 1234 (1994)1 on a European prize for
young writers and artists
1.The Assembly is well aware of the importance of encouraging young people and
promoting excellence in the fields of literature and arts in Europe.
2.With industrialisation and the development of contemporary entertainment, the fight
for the public's attention is hard. Awarding prizes is a classic way of drawing the
public's attention to what is considered of particular interest. Awards can thus enable
the public to appreciate what is outstanding at any given time and be of direct and
practical value to the development of the arts.
3.The Council of Europe has shown great initiative in European cultural issues and
should further strengthen and establish its leading role.
4.The Assembly therefore recommends that the Committee of Ministers:
i.set up, in the form of a partial agreement, a European prize for young writers and
artists. The prize, which should be awarded every year, should acknowledge outstanding
works in the fields of:
a.music and dance;
b.poetry, fiction and drama;
c.visual arts and architecture produced by young people throughout the area covered by
the European Cultural Convention;
ii.reach an agreement to include the award ceremony of the prize in an appropriate
European arts festival, held successively in each of the countries signatories to the
European Cultural Convention. The costs of the ceremony and of the promotion of the
prize-winning works of art should be borne by the country hosting the festival.
1.Text adopted by the Standing Committee, acting on behalf of the
Assembly, on 28 February 1994.
See Doc. 6958, report of the Committee on Culture and Education, Rapporteur: Mr