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Results of the competition for the best student papers on the European Union

September 24 2020 | Belgrade

Results of the competition for the best student papers on the European Union

The top three papers pronounced at the competition for the best student papers on the European Union, announced by the Ministry of European Integration on 15 June 2020, are the following:
1.    The meaning of solidarity in European integration: Schuman’s vision and challenges of crises (first prize)
2.    Contextual aspects of the concept of solidarity in the European Union in the 21st century (second prize)
3.    The European Union’s key reasons for supporting the Republic of Serbia in achieving the goals of the environmental component of sustainable development (third prize)

The Ministry of European Integration organised this competition to directly include young academic citizens in an open and argumentative debate regarding crucial aspects of the accession process and membership of the Republic of Serbia in the European Union.

A total of 12 papers were submitted to the Ministry. Ten papers met the basic criteria and standards set out in the competition documentation. Two papers were sent after the deadline (after 9 August), and were disqualified due to their failure to meet the basic criteria for paper submission. 

The decision on the three top-ranked papers was made by a committee composed of Jelica Stefanović-Štambuk, Ph.D, a professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, Vladimir Vuletić, Ph.D, a professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, and Maja Lukić Radović, Ph.D, associate professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade.

Having read and marked all the papers, the competition committee noted that the papers had met assessment criteria and that they were at a satisfactory academic level. There were no cases of content misuse or plagiarism among the submitted papers.

The members of the competition committee also agreed that the competition for the best individual student papers on European integration and Serbia’s accession to the European Union was an important initiative of the Ministry of European Integration, which contributed not only to a more quality and complex consideration of the EU topic, including all processes and transformations implied in Serbia’s integration into this community, but also to raising the awareness of young students about the importance of academic writing and approach to topics that are essential for the entire society.

The competition committee concluded that the theme of the competition contributed to raising public awareness of the importance of European integration for the Serbian society.

Minutes on the evaluation of papers submitted for the Competition for the best student papers on the European Union organised by the Ministry of European Integration can be downloaded here.