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Europe on Track 2 empowers European youth to become actors in the construction of the Europe of tomorrow

AEGEE-Europe launched on Wednesday 9th April the project Europe on Track 2. After presenting the project in the press conference at the European Parliament, six ambassadors divided in two teams began their traveling by train all over the European continent during one month, with the objective of interviewing young people from various backgrounds about their vision of Europe. To set the context, the results and the documentary from the first edition (winner of the 2013 European Charlemagne Youth Prize) were presented to the audience. Then the project coordinators introduced the features of Europe on Track 2, which this time focuses on encouraging [...]

Europe on Track 2 empowers European youth to become actors in the construction of the Europe of tomorrow2014-04-15T10:30:08+00:00

Welcome to the new EU-EaP priorities expressed by the European Parliament

On Wednesday 12 March 2014, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on assessing and setting priorities for EU relations with the Eastern Partnership countries (2013/2149(INI)). The Eastern Partnership Project of AEGEE-Europe warmly welcomes and supports this resolution. Regarding points 5, 13, 15, 43 on the role of youth, education and civil society exchanges, the Eastern Partnership Project of AEGEE-Europe would like to emphasise that our objectives are: Enhancing bilateral cooperation in the field of education and culture between youth from EaP and EU countries Strengthening EaP youth participation by promoting active citizenship in the region Developing solidarity between young people [...]

Welcome to the new EU-EaP priorities expressed by the European Parliament2014-04-08T18:05:49+00:00

AEGEE demands more equality in the procedures of EP elections

Being actively involved in raising awareness of the upcoming European elections and trying to increase young voters’ turnout, we have identified a number of impediments that under certain circumstances limit citizens’ opportunities to participate in the elections. In a previous article, AEGEE put forward a debate about inequalities that exist in the EU Member States regarding the minimum age to be eligible to vote and to stand as a candidate. This time we address the issue of the different national rules that determine the right of citizens to cast their votes when residing or traveling abroad on the day of [...]

AEGEE demands more equality in the procedures of EP elections2014-02-28T11:18:43+00:00

Mc Kinsey report highlights some of the problems behind youth unemployment

“In Europe, 74 percent of education providers were confident that their graduates were prepared for work, but only 38 percent of youth and 35 percent of employers agreed” states the Mc Kinsey report, which was released Mid-January 2014. This statement, based on a meticulous research carried out toward 5,300 youth, 2,600 employers, and 700 post-secondary education providers across 8 countries, brings to light the difference of perspectives and the lack of clear understanding among Education providers on the reality of the situation for young people willing to enter the job market. This research reminds us that apart from the lack of [...]

Mc Kinsey report highlights some of the problems behind youth unemployment2014-02-26T16:43:12+00:00

Common parliament, different rules

In the light of the forthcoming elections to the European Parliament, AEGEE organises different local and European level activities within the Y Vote 2014 Project to raise awareness of the elections and to increase young voters’ turnout.  As a result of various discussions, opinion exchanges and comparisons, several concerns about eligibility for participation in the European elections in each Member State have been identified. Namely, the rules that determine requirements for minimum age to be allowed to vote and to stand as a candidate differ from country to country. Should these inconsistencies exist is a controversial question. Since the requirements for [...]

Common parliament, different rules2014-01-30T16:49:41+00:00

Choosing a leader for your EP2014 Campaign

The political family in Europe has a wide variety of colours, representing the diversity of our continent also at the level of the ideas. In the European Parliament there are seats for hosting all the options of the political arc; and under the roof of the plenary room, eurosceptics exchange ideas with pro-Europeans, nationalists debate with federalists, and different political groups ally themselves to approve their proposals since no group has a majority to do it on their own. As a consequence of the Lisbon Treaty, and following the recommendation of the European Parliament known as the Duff Report, in [...]

Choosing a leader for your EP2014 Campaign2014-01-24T11:29:42+00:00

The European Parliament steps forward for the improvement of volunteering

Recently, the European Parliament voted a report written by the rapporteur Marco Scurria, on “volunteering and voluntary activity in Europe”, where the objectives for this institution are established. The European Parliament expresses  concern about the follow up to the European Year of Volunteering 2011 (EYV) and the implementation of the ILO Manual, a guide about recognition of volunteering, by Member States. EYV set some objectives that now the European Parliament encourages to promote: Creating an enabling environment for voluntary activities; enhancing the quality of voluntary activities by empowering organisers of such activities; giving due recognition to voluntary activities; raising public [...]

The European Parliament steps forward for the improvement of volunteering2014-01-09T14:27:59+00:00

Greek universities: when austerity threatens recuperation

Austerity has been the recipe of European Commission to get out of the crisis. Even when it is true that the drastic reduction of income made impossible for most governments to keep the expenses at the level of the years before 2008, this is a dangerous strategy if kept for too long. Austerity is a temporary solution to adjust to a new situation and cannot compromise fields of the economy that should contribute to the future growth, which is the long term exit to the crisis. Some of these sectors are obvious: education, science and research, which are at the roots [...]

Greek universities: when austerity threatens recuperation2013-10-24T12:41:03+00:00

EVA: Does Erasmus make you a better European citizen?

The first meeting of the Erasmus Voting Assesment project (EVA) took place last week in Brussels, at the office of AEGEE-Europe.  This new project aims at answering fundamental questions concerning active citizenship and participation in democratic processes of young students, and in particular the ERASMUS students. Through an in-depth survey, the project will measure the feeling of “being European” among young students and, furthermore, assess any possible existing correlation between having been an ERASMUS student and the level of engagement in the European society. In addition, this project aims to investigate the voting behaviour of Erasmus and university students across [...]

EVA: Does Erasmus make you a better European citizen?2013-10-22T11:57:24+00:00

Impressions on the EP plenary on Youth Employment

Yesterday the European Parliament held a session dedicated to Youth Unemployment. It was a very interesting session to follow, where almost all voices agreed on some points such as the seriousness of the situation in some of the countries and regions and the need for a strong action from the European Union. We learned at the very beginning that the Lithuanian Presidency has adopted Social Inclusion of NEETs (youth Not in Education, Employ or Training) as its priority on Youth policy. We in AEGEE celebrate this decision. Commissioner László Andor began by presenting all the actions taken on the European [...]

Impressions on the EP plenary on Youth Employment2013-09-11T08:54:40+00:00