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The €uro Generation interviewed President Draghi at the European Award Event

This year's edition of the Generation €uro Students’ Award competition was characterized by a broadening of the participation of students, with more than 8,000 students registered in round 1, 260 assignments submitted in round 2 and 60 teams selected for the final round.

13 teams from 11 euro area countries won the 2016 competition (national teams and winners of the ECB's competition for European and international schools) and gathered at the ECB, in Frankfurt am Main, where they met President Mario Draghi, who had with them an enriching exchange of views on monetary policy, the future of the European Union but also, on a more personal note, on what it is to be a central banker.

Executive Board Member Benoît Cœuré awarded the students for their achievements and highlighted the creativity of their contributions at the award ceremony that took place together with the Governors of the participating national central banks. This Eurosystem initiative for the youth ended after two days during which students also visited the Deutsche Börse and attended the press conference on 21 April.

The competition aims to help the students in the euro area learn about monetary policy instruments, particularly interest rate decisions. Participants, aged 16 to 19, are challenged to simulate the role of the ECB’s Governing Council in determining the most appropriate interest rate for the euro area.

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