Fantastic opportunity to work on European Commission-funded

cartoon project and to get your work published in England

by the National Youth Agency. Read on for details.


Treaty of Amsterdam - a cartoon guide


What’s this all about ?

The Youth Information Team at the National Youth Agency has been successful in an application to DG X of the European Commission to publish a cartoon booklet on the Treaty of Amsterdam .

Briefly, the project starts off with a consultation day looking at young people’s understanding of the Treaty of Amsterdam. This is followed by a period of writing and research. Up to 5 young cartoonists from around Europe are then invited to a two week working session in Leicester during which the final content of the booklet is agreed. After printing there will be a publication launch at the end of June.

The publication will be short (probably 48 pages), in English initially, and is aimed at young people in the UK. There will be a print run of up to 15,000.

We have a very tight schedule for this work. We received a letter confirming our successful bid on in early January 1998 and the Commission expects the project to be concluded before the end of June 1998 !


Who are we looking for ?

NYA is seeking applications from young people resident in the European Union who would like to work on the publication of this booklet by contributing cartoons or illustrations.

Ideally you will have trained as a cartoonist or can demonstrate strong skills in this area. Maybe you studied recently at college or art school and are looking for an opportunity to publish some work. Or you may just have a passion for drawing cartoons and need a chance to show how good you are.

You will have a strong interest in young people and education, be capable of working as part of a creative team and have an interest in presenting complicated subjects in an easy-to-understand way. You must have excellent English (the publication is in English only at this stage) and be prepared to travel to England for a working session of up to 2 weeks between March and May.

If you are selected we will pay for travel to the UK, accommodation and meals as well as a fee for your work which will be agreed in advance. This will be at the UK commercial rate.

You must be good at meeting deadlines and feel confident to work on your own to a clear brief. You will be in touch regularly with the NYA office and ideally you will have access to the internet.

You do not need to be an expert on the Treaty of Amsterdam or European politics to apply for this work, but you will have to show that you are interested to learn.


If you would like to apply

Please send us a letter of application. In the letter, tell us why you are interested in this project and how you would illustrate an aspect of European integration so it is funny, interesting and thought-provoking. Please also include a curriculum vitae and no more than five examples of your work with captions (translated into English where necessary).

Closing date: 2 March 1998

For further information please contact:

Jon Boagey

Senior Youth Information Officer

National Youth Agency, 17-23 Albion Street, Leicester, England

Tel: 00 44 116 285 6789 between 10.00h and 17.00h

Fax: 00 44 116 247 1043


The National Youth Agency is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Access for people in wheelchairs is available in sections of the Agency’s building.


Additional Notes


Here is a rough timetable for the project:

January onwards: selection of young cartoonists from across Europe.

February: introductory conference inviting discussion and comment about European integration and the Treaty of Amsterdam from young people, the youth service and others.

March: drafting text.

April: opportunity for successful cartoonists to attend working sessions in Leicester, England to finalise the text and develop cartoons/ illustrations.

May: bring together final text and illustrations for booklet.

Early June: print up to 10,000 copies.

June: Launch. Hopefully on time and at the conclusion of Britain’s EU Presidency. (End June).