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Douglas Biow, Director MEZ 3.126, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-3470

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What is the Euro Challenge?

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS YEAR'S COMPETITION WILL HAVE A DIFFERENT FORMAT THAN PREVIOUS YEARS.

The Euro Challenge is a national competition open to teams of 9th and 10th grade students and is supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. The competition begins at the regional level. This year's competition will be conducted differently than in past years as teams will submit videos of their presentations instead of traveling to Austin to compete in person. In Texas, the regional competition videos will be due by 4:30 p.m. CST on Wednesday, March 25. We're hoping this format allows more teams in Texas to compete.

Students compete in teams of 3-5 students. There may only be one team per school.

The best teams from each U.S. region travel to New York City to compete in the national finals in the spring at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Conditional on an annual grant, winning teams can win awards and a trip to Washington generously offered by The Moody's Foundation.

Please note:
• Lodging (2 nights hotel) and round-trip airfare to New York will be covered for the winning team.

Additionally, all teachers who lead a team will receive special consideration for the EUCE Brussels Program. Through the Program, select U.S. high school teachers and college students will travel to Brussels in June 2015 to participate in group meetings and tours with EU officials and delegations. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the EU AND to see Belgium! (Round-trip airfare, hotel accomodations, and some meals will be paid for through funding by the European Commission.)

What do teams do for the competition?

For the competition, students are asked to make a 15-minute presentation in which they are required to:

  1. Describe the current economic situation in the euro area (the economic region consisting of the 17 EU member countries who have adopted the euro).
  2. Select one economic-related challenge confronting the euro area as a whole (see list below), and pick one of the 17 member countries of the euro area to illustrate that challenge.
  3. Recommend a policy or policies for addressing the challenge you identified in the country you selected. Be sure to include in your recommendation a discussion of how having a single currency may or may not affect the policy choices for addressing the challenge.

Teams can choose one of the following economic-related challenges:

  • Slow growth
  • High unemployment
  • Inflation
  • Adapting to technological change (raising productivity)
  • Globalization (including immigration)
  • Aging (including health care)
  • Living with a single monetary policy
  • Sustaining the social system (welfare state)
  • Coping with a housing market slowdown
  • High government deficits and debt

Rules and guidelines for the video competition will be posted soon.

RockportFulton













2013 Texas Regional Winners
Rockport-Fulton High School


What type of assistance will teachers have?

We certainly know that your 9th and 10th graders aren't experts on the EU economy, so we want to do everything we can to assist teams to be successful. Check out the Resources Page where we have some links and articles to get your students started. There are also some fantastic resources available at the Euro Challenge website - the "official" website of the competition.

What are the goals of the Euro Challenge?

  • Increase students' knowledge and understanding of the European Union and the euro
  • Promote an understanding of economic challenges facing European Union member states
  • Support local learning standards related to global studies and economics
  • Foster economic and financial literacy and understanding of economic policy issue
  • Develop communication, critical thinking and cooperative skills.

Who is eligible to participate?

All high schools in Texas are eligible to participate. Please note that only one team per school may compete.

Where can I get more information?

Please contact the CES Outreach Coordinator, Sally Dickson, at ces@austin.utexas.edu or 512-232-4311.

Important Dates

Fall 2014: Registration for the Euro Challenge opens
Wednesday, March 25, 2015: Videos due for the Texas Regional competition
Spring 2015 (date TBA): semi-final and final rounds in NYC
June 2015: Brussels trip for Texas high school teachers

How do I register?

Click here for registration information.

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