Terms and conditions

All schools and organisations in charge of extra-curricular school activities can encourage their students to submit entries to Spring Day for Europe 2010 activities and competitions, which are open to all the registered schools.

If you are a teacher and wish to register your school, please go to the registration page.
Spring Day for Europe 2010 edition focuses on “Citizenship and Fundamental Rights” as the main umbrella theme and on a number of sub-themes, considered to be of great importance in facing European challenges:

• Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion
Climate change

All topics as presented in the activities and competitions can easily be integrated into the school curricula.

Only entries supported by a school or an organisation in charge of extra-curricular school activities will be considered. The entries must result from classroom activities which are organised, supervised and assisted by a teacher or a group of teachers.

Participants and number of entries
There is no limit to the number of entries that may be sent by a school.
There is no limit on entries per student or group of students.
All entries must be submitted through the Spring Day website.

Activities: Groups (preferably) but also individual students can submit an entry.
This year teachers and their classes will have the opportunity not only to take part in the Thematic Podcasts activity but also to vote for the best entries! Podcasts consist of interviews on very interesting subjects. Please vote based on the criteria stated for competitions. The deadline to vote for an entry is 30 June 2010. Only registered users will be able to vote (one vote per user). Users will be able to vote on all participating entries.

Competitions: Groups of three to five students can submit an entry.

The deadline for submissions is 31 May 2010. Any entries submitted after this date will not be considered.

Competition Evaluation
Following the closing date, evaluation will be carried out by a panel of judges in two phases: in May and in June 2010. The judges will select the winning entries according to the following three main criteria:

Creativity and originality in presenting the subject proposed. Contributions should represent the relevant age group in the competition. They should demonstrate significant originality and initiative in concept, style, layout and design.

Clarity in ideas and conclusions expressing the subject to convey a relevant and convincing message and demonstrate an understanding of the theme. The message expressed in the video, the picture for the video gallery and the title chosen should be closely related to one other. The overall presentation should be informative and entertaining, so as to successfully raise awareness among other youngsters.

Quality of the entry particularly regarding content but also considering aesthetics.

Competition prizes
A jury composed at national and European level will select the ten best entries per competition topic (i.e. EU-related topics, Climate Change and Biodiversity). The prizes will be awarded to the entries that in the opinion of the judges best present the subject proposed. The decision of the judges is final, and no discussion will be entered into in relation to their decision.
Prizes will vary according to the competition topic chosen:

EU related topics (Citizenship and Fundamental Rights, Lisbon Treaty, Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion): 10 years of European economic and monetary union commemorative coins collection, a magnifier, two CDs (European anthems of the 27 Member States of the European Union and Sounds of Revolution) and a certificate.

Climate change: an extreme digital video camera, 3 awareness-raising DVDs on the climate change topic, and a certificate.

Biodiversity: binoculars, an optical and a digital magnifier, a make-yourself birdhouse kit and a certificate.

Winners will receive their prizes by post. All the winners will be announced on the Spring Day for Europe 2010 website.

Legal and ethical issues
European Schoolnet reserves the right to modify the rules and awards at any time. Any notifications on possible changes will be published on the website and will apply from the publication date. Before submission, special attention should be given to the following points:

• All participants must comply with European copyright laws (for example, if music is used in the video entry, copyright protected music cannot be used).

• Entries may not contain statements, facts, information or quotations that could denigrate or harm any person or group of people.

• Entries may not contain statements, images facts, information or quotations that may encourage persecution of people on the grounds of race, opinion, nationality, sex, religion, profession or other persuasion, nor may entries encourage crime or the breaking of laws.
Please note that it is assumed by European Schoolnet that all persons photographed or filmed have given their permission for publishing the visual material.

Disqualification of entries
European Schoolnet may decide to disqualify an entry if it has not been submitted in time, partly or as a whole, or if the entry breaks any of the rules under “Legal and ethical issues”.

Reproduction rights
All entries are the property of European Schoolnet and the European Commission. Both organisations have the right to improve, edit, expand, modify and reproduce the entries from the date of submission.

General information
The activities and competitions are published on the Spring Day for Europe 2010 website. Spring Day for Europe is a European campaign managed by European Schoolnet on behalf of the European Commission. If you experience any type of problem in the process of submitting us your entry for an activity or a competition, please contact your National Teacher Adviser in the first place.
Content and rules related questions for activities and competitions can be addressed (in English, Spanish or French) to Gabriela Collado at the following email address: gabriela.collado@eun.org