Diversity in youth organisations? – AEGEE, JEF and ESN take action

Do you think youth organisations like AEGEE represent all young people? Do you think all young people have a chance to participate in youth organisations? It is true that youth organisations are more accessible to certain groups of young people. But they are also working hard on new ways to engage all young people in their activities! JEF Europe, AEGEE-Europe and Erasmus Student Network has come together in late 2016 to discuss the issue of diversity and how to include young people from various backgrounds in their activities. Being the biggest youth organisations on the field representing hundreds of thousands [...]

AEGEE launches “Why European Parliament”

AEGEE-Europe launches a new online and offline campaign: YEP. YEP stands for Why European Parliament and aims at informing young people about the European Parliament as an institution, the democratic concept for which it stands, its functioning and competences. Besides, it aims at exposing its relevance in the daily life of young people, encouraging them to take an active role in it. The focusses of the project are, first of all, to train a pool of young multipliers on the above-mentioned objectives. These will afterwards form an informal network that will carry out numerous local and regional actions oriented at [...]

AEGEE supports the Istanbul Convention

On 15 February and 22 February, Bulgaria and Slovakia opposed the ratification of the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. While the European Union signed The Istanbul Convention on 13 June 2017, a number of EU countries have yet to ratify it. In the last few weeks, Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov withdrew from parliament a motion to ratify the Istanbul Convention and Slovak PM Robert Fico said he refused to ratify the treaty. As the world’s first binding instrument to prevent and combat violence against women, from marital rape to female genital mutilation, the [...]

Franck Biancheri Award 2018: and the winner is… Aegee-Salerno !

After, AEGEE-Delft in 2014, AEGEE-Paris in 2015, AEGEE Cluj-Napoca in 2016, AEGEE-Budapest in 2017… the winning antenna of the AAFB’s prestigious Franck Biancheri Award* in 2018 is … AEGEE-Salerno !!!! For this 2018 edition, the open call for applications launched to all AEGEE antennae resulted in a variety of highly interesting proposals that led to interesting discussions among the members of the Selection Committee. AEGEE-Salerno, winner of the “Franck Biancheri Award” in 2018, will dedicate the award to the shaping of a big 3 days event in spring 2018 in partnership with the Civic Education Working Group and the AAFB, on the following inspiring topic : “Are we up to make [...]

AEGEE’s Statement on the recent events in Catalonia

After years of increasing tension between the Spanish central government and the Catalan autonomic government, in September, the Catalan Parliament approved the call for a referendum on the independence of the Spanish region, which was prohibited by the Spanish Constitutional Court. On October 1st, 2017, the referendum unilaterally declared by the Catalan autonomic government regarding Catalonia’s independence took place. We condemn the violence and brutality occurred in different parts of the region along that day, resulting in hundreds of injured citizens. We defend the respect of fundamental human rights of all citizens, with special attention to the freedom of peaceful [...]

Statement on Gefira

AEGEE-Europe / European Students' Forum was founded in 1985 by a group of young people around Franck Biancheri. Our organisation is politically independent and strives for a democratic, diverse and borderless Europe, which is socially, economically and politically integrated, and values the participation of young people in its construction and development. Moreover, as stated in our Policy Paper on Migration: “our solidarity and our tolerance shall not refer only to every European citizen, but it also should refer to every human being who decides to migrate, everyone who attempts, everyone who risks his/her own life or flee to Europe to [...]

Policy Paper on the Summer University Project and the recognition of AEGEE as a provider of short-term youth mobility programs

01 | Introduction AEGEE-Europe / European Students’ Forum is a non-governmental, politically independent, and non-profit student organization which has around 13000 members from more than 200 cities in 40 countries all over Europe.[1] The mission of AEGEE is creation of borderless Europe, which could be implemented by giving the young people opportunities of cultural exchange, integration and travelling.[2] Visiting different countries is the best way to broaden the mind and share cultural diversity. However, quite a lot of destinations are still rather problematic for young people to reach, mostly due to bureaucratic (visas) and financial (high ticket prices) barriers. Moreover, [...]

Europe on Track training and opening conference in Budapest

By Rut & Ele  On the 15th of April, 2017, the ambassadors and project team started arriving in Budapest and Monday evening we finally all gathered together, offline, for the first time. Starting the Monday “fashionably” late, we went on a city tour, led by Luca Búr, to admire the beautiful architecture and fascinating history of the city. Budapest being known for its ruin bars, we ended the day at Szimpla, the city’s first and most famous ruin bar, known for its disoriented but charming environment. […]

AEGEE’s response to populism: European Planning Meeting Zagreb 2017

Long before President Donald Trump's victory, Europe's populist movements have been on the cusp of sweeping far-right, nationalist and euroskeptic parties into power across the continent in a series of upcoming elections. Once consigned to the fringes of the political scene, these parties now legitimately stand front and center alongside their more traditional counterparts. The word “populism” and “populist movements” are everywhere in the media. But what the concept means in the everyday realities of citizens of Europe? Opinions might differ. Many also claim that the upcoming European elections in several countries elections and the decisions citizens take might bring [...]