Generation €uro Students' Award 


Congratulations to the 2017 National Winners from Summerhill College, Sligo

National Winners 2016/2017, Summerhill College, Sligo

(Pictured with Governor Philip R. Lane)


Useful documents

About the competition

The Generation €uro Students' Award is Ireland's leading economics competition for Transition and 5th Year students.

Every year we search for Ireland’s brightest young economists to enact the role of the European Central Bank’s Governing Council, perform their own analysis of the economy and set what they believe is an appropriate interest rate for the euro area.

Students can enter the competition in teams of three to five, with a nominated teacher acting as mentor.

Participants are tested over three different rounds - a quiz, a written analysis and a presentation.

Successful teams who proceed to the second round are asked to analyse economic conditions and determine what they believe to be the appropriate interest rate for the euro area. Three finalists will be chosen to attend the National Finals in March 2017, where they will present their finding to a panel of senior economists at the Central Bank. 

The winning team and teacher will then travel to the ECB in Frankfurt for an award ceremony where they will meet ECB President Mario Draghi and the winning teams from across Europe.

Throughout the competition the Central Bank in on-hand to help teachers and students alike ,through providing updates and additional resources for both students and teachers both on this page and on our Facebook page.

This year's competition schedule:

Round 1 Online Quiz: 10 October 2016 - 2 December 2016 (Stage complete)

Round 2 Submission of written economic analyses: 12 December 2016 - 31 January 2017 (Stage complete)

Round 3 National Final at the Central Bank of Ireland: 3 March 2017

Round 4 European Award Event at the European Central Bank: 5 April 2017


If you have any questions about the competition or any of the stages, please get in touch with us at or give us a call on 01 224 6294.(Please do not contact the Central Bank of Ireland or the ECB outside of the competition channels as to do so may risk disqualification.)