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AEGEE-Europe’s Newsletter – 15th February

Dear AEGEEans,

Welcome to the February edition of AEGEE-Europe’s newsletter. The new month has brought a big change to the association: AEGEE has moved its headoffice to a new location in Brussels. Official launch of AEGEE’s Social Responsibility Fund is also connected with this month.

Among other news, in this month’s edition of the newsletter, you will find AEGEE’s positions on the Communication of the Commission Rethinking education: investing in skills for better socio-economic outcomes, as well as to the results of the European Council Meeting on the next Multinannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the period of 2014-2020.

Have a good reading and see you at the EBM!

Yours,
Comité Directeur

News from AEGEE

New Location of AEGEE-Europe’s Headoffice

From this week, the head office of AEGEE have has a new address: Rue du Noyer 55, 1000 Brussels. Placed in the center of Brussels, in walking distance from the European Institutions, it corresponds better to the needs of our association. We are looking forward to welcoming you here.

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See pictures taken during moving on AEGEEan Facebook page.

AEGEE’s Social Responsability Fund Launched!

AEGEE’s Social Responsability Fund is a support fund to make possible for economically disadvantaged members to participate in the complete AEGEE experience, by reimbursing travel-related costs and participation fees..

You can apply to the ASRF for any event or conference which is related to AEGEE field of work. The more related it is to AEGEE, the more opportunities you have to receive the support for it.

Special Open Call for Agora Rhein Neckar: You can present your request for support to attend Agora Rhein Neckar until Friday Feb 22nd.

More information including Working format, Selection Criteria and Applicaiton Form you can find: /for-members/social-responsibility-fund/

Conflict Resolution in the Caucasus Area

From 7th-11th of February, AEGEE-Bakı organised a Conflict Resolution Meeting which brought young peacemakers of different regions of Europe and the Middle East to the capital of Azerbaijan, to share experiences and best practices of their work within their local communities. President Luis Alvarado Martinez, Projects Director Miguel Gallardo Albajar and Liaison Officer towards OSCE Alin Florin Calin attended the event as AEGEE-Europe’s representatives and took the opportunity to meet with Azerbaijan’s Youth Council (NAYORA), the Azerbaijan Youth Foundation, and the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan. Future collaboration for new projects on conflict resolution was discussed, with a special focus on the situation of the region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
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Concept Development Meeting regarding a project for the European Elections 2014

At the end of January, about 10 of our members gathered in the CD house to develop a concept for a project on the topic of the European Elections 2014! Two days of fruitful discussions led to lay the ground for the basic structure of the project, the aim and objectives and lots of ideas to encourage young people to take an active part in the European Elections in 2014. Soon you will hear more about it!
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Beyond AEGEE

What kind of Europe do we want for 2014-2020?

AEGEE-Europe sadly acknowledges the poor outcome reached by the EU head of states, regarding the European Union’s Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-202, which was agreed upon during the summit of the Council of the European Union on 7th and 8th of February. A last minute agreement was reached, which seems to satisfy rather those EU members states which prefer to keep the European Union’s means of action limited.

MFF

For the very first time, the overall expenditure limit of the MFF has been reduced compared to the previous budget. “What kind of commitment to Europe are the heads of Members States showing to their citizens by cutting the budget of the EU for the next 7 years?” asks Luis Alvarado Martinez, President of the European Students’ Forum (AEGEE-Europe).

Read more: /what-kind-of-europe-do-we-want-for-2014-2020/

AEGEE-Europe’s Position on Rethinking Education

AEGEE welcomes the initiative of the European Commission inviting the Member States, the European Parliament, the European Council, the European Economic and Social Committee, and the Committee of the Regions, to reform the structure of the Educational Systems in Europe. We agree that the current education model is outdated and does not match a society that has changed at high speed through the last decades.

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However, we regret that the Commission does not address education in all its dimensions, but chooses to focus only on its impact on the employment rate of young people. We acknowledge the importance of education in solving the issue of unemployment, but we consider it necessary to truly “rethink education”.

Read more: /aegee-europes-position-on-the-communication-of-the-european-commission-rethinking-education-investing-in-skills-for-better-socio-economic-outcomes/

Student conference in Aix-en-Provence with US students on the topic “Ecocide: Perspectives on the Environment”

JuniataEvery year, AEGEE-Europe co-organizes an annual Student conference bringing together European students with US students to debate on different topics, in partnership with the JUNIATA COLLEGE (Baker Institute for Peace & Conflict Studies) and the Institute for American Universities.

Our supporter Professor James Skelly is coordinating the next one, which will take place in Aix-en-Provence (France), from the 14th to 16th of March 2013. This year the conference will be focusing on the topic of: “Ecocide: Perspectives on the Environment“.
In the following links you can download all the information.

Flyer: http://www.intranet.aegee.org/group_file/view/3/3856
Information: http://www.intranet.aegee.org/group_file/view/3/3855
Application: http://www.intranet.aegee.org/group_file/view/3/3854

External Opportunities

Photo contest about UnEmployment

The ILO Youth Employment Programme is organizing a photo contest to shed light on youth employment issues, the challenges young people face in the workplace as well as their power to overcome them.

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The objective of the contest is to highlight the challenges young people face in the workplace, as well as innovative ideas to address them. Photos submitted by participants should capture youth at work (in different places and under various conditions) in a creative and original manner.

You can win prices up to 1000 USD.

Deadline: 15th of April 2013

Read more: http://www.ilo.org/employment/areas/youth-employment/work-for-youth/photo-contest/lang–en/index.htm

Have your say and win one of the seducing prizes!!

TrendenceFill in the trendence survey and have your say about what YOU expect from your future career and how satisfied you are with your studies.

You can win on of 5 Amazon vouchers of each €500 or one of 10 Amazon vouchers of each €200 

To participate please click here:   https://collector.s.trendence-survey.com/nq.cfm?q=7368649f-df3c-4342-aa2f-58df663ca0c4&nqurlgbe=125

The survey gathers student opinions (ca. 350.000) from across Europe and explores differences and similarities that exist among the individual countries. It  is quick and easy to fill out. Your answers will be anonymous and your data will be legally protected. After completing the survey, you can compare your answers to the average results of students in Europe.

More info about the trendence GBE:  https://www.facebook.com/graduatebarometereurope

The European Parliament – ‘why should I care?’

EPCHave you ever wanted to express YOUR passionate opinion about the significance of the European Parliament to the lives of EU citizens? Have you ever itched to participate in a pan-European initiative alongside other young and like-minded individuals? Have you ever dreamt of MAKING A DIFFERENCE in the European integration project?

In the frame of the future European Parliamentary Election 2014, the European Policy Centre is launching a call for entries in order to promote the European Parliament! If you wish to share your interest for Europe, and tell in an innovative and convincing manner why the European Parliament matters to you and why there is a need to vote in the 2014 European parliamentary elections, this is your chance!

More about the call here: http://www.epc.eu/prog_forum.php?forum_id=30&prog_id=1