15th Anniversary of EU Enlargement

15th Anniversary of EU Enlargement project co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union, action “European Remembrance”.


The European Union was fundamentally changed in 2004 when it enlarged to Central and Eastern Europe.  European idea and transform an economic union into a union of shared values, peace and solidarity were the foundation for the enlargement of the European Union 15 years ago.

In this project we have joined the partners from Eastern European countries – Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland which entered the EU in 2004 – with the aim to share different points of view and experience which we got during the last 15 years. It is important to share opinions about the situation in our countries before and after entering the EU, how it has affected people’s lives, education, culture, economics, etc.

AIMS of the project “15th Anniversary of EU Enlargement”  are:

1. to raise awareness of citizens about an important historical, economic and political event in 2004 – the enlargement of the EU, which was the largest expansion of the EU in terms of territory, number of states and population,

2. to involve into the project social organizations, town municipalities, museums, libraries, universities and schools for cross-sectorial cooperation to achieve more success in this project,

3. to create the stable network of Eastern European countries with the aim to disseminate the values of the EU among European and neighbouring countries, to strengthen the EU on its eastern border, to work together for the benefits of the EU.

MAIN ACTIVITIES: This anniversary is an excellent starting point for analyses and debates on the Eastern countries’ transition from dictatorship to democracy and their 15 years integration and achievements after the EU expansion. Conferences and seminars with presentation of analyses how the EU accession influenced democratic standards and practices in Eastern European countries, photo exhibitions (the theme- comparing the past and the present), video with interviews will be organized in every partner-country. An international conference with final analyses and a common photo exhibition will be held at the end of the project.

OUTCOMES: The final goal of these project’s analyses, TV debates,  public events, photo exhibitions, video is to promote the achievements of European expansion process and to advance future development of the EU. The network of EU countries will be created also for this purpose as a result of the project.


Europe has a rich tradition and a youth population that is creative, passionate and politically engaged. With the aims of promoting the changes that occurred when the EU Enlargement involved their country, changes that are visible through the cities, the countryside and the environment, Unique Projects created the photography competition called “15th Anniversary of EU Enlargement. The photography competition will ask people in different age to answer the question “What did the European Union bring to you and your country?” through photographs.

Participants must send or upload in Instagram account up to three photographs: Representing the influence of the EU enlargement in their country.

Whether it is a community center built with EU funding or a strong friendship made through an Erasmus exchange program, participants will show the impact of the EU in their region and on their personal lives. Photographs may show, by way of example, a monument, a road, a natural or urban landscape, persons, a dish, all representing how the photographer feels the presence of the EU where they live and their hopes for the future.

The competition is addressed to people from 16 years old. People who live in the following countries: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland, regardless of their nationality, may apply. There is no participation fee for applicants. Each applicant may apply once. Prospective applicants can find the rules of the photography competition below. For any additional information, participants are encouraged to contact the organizing team via e-mail at the following address: 15euremembrance@gmail.com.  Participants can also put their pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #photo-competEU. This hashtag has to be written following the country you are taking the photos from (ex: photo-competEULatvia / Poland / Estonia or Lithuania. Participation to the competition implies the full approval of the below-mentioned rules.

1. Participation eligibility and registration procedure

1.1. Participants shall reside in one of the four countries of the European Union that were quoted before (Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Poland and be aged from 16 years. Staff members of partners are not eligible to participate in the competition.

1.2. By entering the competition, participants accept these competition rules.

1.3. Participants shall submit their photographs between 1st of April 2020 at 8.00 a.m. and 30th of June 2020 at 4.00 p.m. (Brussels time, UTC+2). Any entry submitted outside of this time frame shall not be considered.

1.4. Submitting photographs through e-mail address:

1.4.1. Participants shall submit their photographs at the following email address: 15euremembrance@gmail.com

1.4.2. The subject of the email shall be: “(name of the country the photos are taken from) – Name – Surname – Nationality – 15th anniversary of EU Enlargement”.

(Ex. Janis Kalnins-Latvian-15th anniversary of EU Enlargement)

1.4.3. The body of the email shall contain:  The name, surname, date of birth and place of residence of the participant; One title for each of the photographs (clearly indicating to which photograph the chosen title corresponds) and a brief description of the photographs (200 words maximum). The description should be in Latvian, Estonian, Polish or Lithuanian. The applicant is also encouraged to send a self-translation in English.

1.4.4. The e-mail must include from 1 – 3 photos as attachments:

The first photograph (named as follows: Name_Surname_Photo_1.jpg);

The second photograph (named as follows: Name_Surname_Photo_2.jpg).

The third photograph (named as follows: Name_Surname_Photo_3.jpg).

1.4.5. The attachments must have a combined maximum size of 20 MB. Each photograph must be in .jpg format (for landscape-oriented photographs) Photographs that are the product of an original work by the applicant and that have been post-produced through photo editing tools shall be accepted, provided that the original image has been shot by the applicant and belongs to them.

1.5. Submitting photographs through Instagram:

1.5.1. Participants upload photographs on Instagram with the hashtag #photo-competEU. This hashtag has to be written following the country you are taking the photos from (ex: photo-competEULatvia / Poland / Estonia or Lithuania.

1.5.2. Photography should be with a brief description of the photographs (100 words maximum). The description should be in English or Latvian, Estonian, Polish or Lithuanian.

2. Acceptance of applications

2.1. The participants shall receive a confirmation of reception of the material sent via e-mail.

2.2. Organizers retain the right not to accept the participation of applicants who do not comply with the conditions, the topic and spirit of the initiative, or who intend to participate with photographs inciting hate, discrimination or violence.

3. Composition of the Jury and selection process

3.1. In order to ensure the quality and the transparency of the selection process, the Jury will be composed of experts in the field.

3.2. After the application is closed, all participants that comply with the acceptance criteria mentioned in this document will be considered by the jury.

In case of a large number of applications, a shortlist of up 20 applications (per organizing countries will be drawn.  Shortlisted participants will be published online in the project Facebook page “15th Anniversary of EU Enlargement” in order to allow the public to vote. Each participant will clearly indicate the author, the title and the description of the author.

3.3. There will be three winners, per organizing country, in this competition, selected by the jury for the jury’s prize.

3.4. Once the application of all participants is done, the jury as at least four weeks after the deadline of the application, which is on the 30th of June 2020, to choose the three winners.

4. Publication of the photographs and competition results

4.1. The winners will be selected and announced in August 2020, four weeks after the closure of the application process.

More information about the exact location will be published on the 15th Anniversary of EU Enlargement and on social networks at a later date.

4.2. The 1st prize winner will get Momentfoto Fujifilm Instax Mini 9

4.3. 2nd place winner will get Toshiba Canvio Basics 2.5 “1TB external hard drive

4.4. The 3rd prize winner will own a Smart Bracelet Samsung Galaxy Fit e R375 Black

5. Rights and Obligations

5.1.  The organizers of the photo competition reserve the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify and withdraw any photograph that does not comply with the requirements.

5.2. The participant shall be the sole owner and author of the photographs. The photographs shall not be subject to third-party rights.

5.3. The participant authorizes the European Association “World-our Home” and any EU institution to publish the photographs on its website and on its social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube) in the context of this competition. The terms and conditions of the concerned social network platforms also apply.

5.4. The photographs shall not infringe upon the copyright, trademarks, or any other intellectual property rights of any third person or entity, or violate any person’s rights of privacy or publicity or any contract rights. They shall not contain trademarks owned by third parties, copyrighted material owned by third parties, names, likenesses or other characteristics identifying celebrities or other public figures, living or dead, or images for which the participant has purchased or otherwise secured the rights from an image bank.

5.5. Participants must have obtained the consent of any persons represented in the photographs for use of the photographs by the European Association “World-our Home” or other European institutions for all purposes related to the competition or intended to promote EU activities.

6.Use of photographs by the European Association “World-our Home” and other European institutions

6.1 Participants authorize the European Association “World-our Home” and any EU institution to use the photographs entered in the competition in any event they may organize, in their activities and in publications such as their websites, any kind of printed publication, posters, advertising, billboards and in an exhibition open to the public.

6.2. Participants shall protect any photograph against image misuse by any third party. The organizers of the photo competition assumes no responsibility and is not reliable for any image misuse.

6.3. Winners’ name will be published on the Facebook page of the Remembrance project “15th anniversary of EU Enlargement”, on the website of each partner associations and the project website “15euremembrance.com”  also on the Instagram account of the project “15EuRemembranceEn”.

7. Confidentiality and protection of personal data

7.1. For the processing of this competition, the European Committee of the Regions observes the rules set in Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 and Decision No 1247/2002/EC (OJ L 295, 21.11.2018, p. 39 – 98).

7.2. No personal data is shared with third parties for direct marketing.