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AEGEE / European Students’ Forum expresses solidarity with Armenian young people defending their fundamental rights

From June 19 AEGEE has attentively followed the recent stand-off and major public discontent over the increase of the electricity price in Armenia. AEGEE strongly condemns excessive use of force by the Police aimed at dispersing the crowd on the morning of June 23, resulting in arrest of more than 250 civic activists. We are, furthermore, extremely troubled with the use of force against journalists and representatives of different international media channels. The freedom of assembly and freedom of speech are fundamental democratic values which shall be respected and accordingly not restricted. Simultaneously, AEGEE expresses its support and solidarity to representatives [...]

AEGEE / European Students’ Forum expresses solidarity with Armenian young people defending their fundamental rights2015-08-03T10:00:04+00:00

Reaction to Statement on Policy Orientation for a Social Europe

On Tuesday 9th June, the commissioner on Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labor Mobility Marianne Thyssen released a statement on policy orientation for a Social Europe pointing out the willingness of the European Commission on “taking the social dimension on board of all its policies”. Marianne Thyssen This willingness is encompassed with the intention of establishing “minimum standards, expressed in benchmarks” covering aspects such as the duration and level of unemployment benefits, minimum income or access to child care or basic health care. AEGEE-Europe as a student organization that is aware of the critical situation that many young [...]

Reaction to Statement on Policy Orientation for a Social Europe2015-08-03T10:02:02+00:00

Young people gathered to debate solutions to key challenges on the Day of Europe

In the beginning of May, celebrations of Europe Day took place across the continent. Commemorating the 65th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration provided an opportunity for Europe to reflect on all the strides that have been made in terms of cooperation and integration. While it cannot be disputed that significant progress has been made, it is crucial to be critical and to be aware that many more achievements have to be made for the European Project to be considered a success. As European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker pointed out: ‘The European Union was born in the aftermath of a terrible [...]

Young people gathered to debate solutions to key challenges on the Day of Europe2015-08-03T10:08:53+00:00

65 years after Schuman declaration – AEGEE’s anniversary conference: application open

AEGEE / European Students’ Forum is celebrating its 30 anniversary of empowering young people to shape a better Europe. You are invited to attend the anniversary conference under the theme of 'Schuman declaration 65 years later - wishes of the young generation for Europe’ at the venues of the European Economic and Social Committee. During the event on the 8th of May, 4 panel discussions will take place, starting at 13:00. They will tackle the issues of: European integration: social, political, economic integration - where are we heading? Democratic innovations & active citizenship Jobs & growth Education & learning mobility. [...]

65 years after Schuman declaration – AEGEE’s anniversary conference: application open2015-05-05T10:27:33+00:00

Young Europeans observing Estonian elections with record turnout

March 1, 2015: Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament) Elections At the end of February AEGEE-Europe deployed 22 observers to Tallinn in order to cover the thirteenth parliamentary election of the republic of Estonia. The mission's primary aim was to observe the elections and give a general assessment. In pairs of two, the observers visited over 60 polling stations located in Tallinn, its surroundings and in the country’s second city, Harju county and Tartu. Unique to Estonia is the possibility to vote online, but given the specifics involved, the mission limited themselves itself to observation of the standard procedure in which ballot papers are used. Our overall assessment [...]

Young Europeans observing Estonian elections with record turnout2015-08-03T10:05:33+00:00

AEGEE-Europe’s Reaction to the Council Proposal for the Revision of the Visa Directive

AEGEE-Europe has always been advocating for the right of free movement in Europe. With a strong belief in a unified, diverse and borderless Europe, AEGEE has been among the first Pan-European associations promoting Youth Mobility as the core action to empower students and young people in Europe to take an active role in society. Thus, AEGEE-Europe is extremely disappointed by the Council Proposal on the Directive on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, studies, pupil exchange, remunerated and unremunerated training, voluntary service and au pairing. Modifying the scope of the directive, the [...]

AEGEE-Europe’s Reaction to the Council Proposal for the Revision of the Visa Directive2015-08-03T10:16:01+00:00

AEGEE-Europe Reaction to the Council Proposal for the Revision of the Visa Directive

AEGEE-Europe has always been advocating for the right of free movement in Europe. With a strong belief in a unified, diverse and borderless Europe, AEGEE has been among the first Pan-European associations promoting Youth Mobility as the core action to empower students and young people in Europe to take an active role in society. Thus, AEGEE-Europe is extremely disappointed by the Council Proposal on the Directive on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, studies, pupil exchange, remunerated and unremunerated training, voluntary service and au pairing. Modifying the scope of the directive, the [...]

AEGEE-Europe Reaction to the Council Proposal for the Revision of the Visa Directive2015-02-09T15:09:33+00:00

Threat to free movement: security and Schengen restrictions in Bulgaria and Romania

The recent terrorist attacks on the cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo and the hostage taking in the Jewish supermarket just outside of Paris have caused a major disturbance in European Union’s security policies. AEGEE-Europe acknowledges the grave and deep impact of these events, but would like to express its concern with recent developments around the heightened security threat and the stricter regulation of the Schengen Area. According to Romanian MEP Traian Ungureanu, Romania’s and Bulgaria’s chances to join the Schengen zone have diminished sharply now that Germany and France have become more cautious [1]. Some Schengen countries fear that accession of Bulgaria [...]

Threat to free movement: security and Schengen restrictions in Bulgaria and Romania2015-08-03T10:18:40+00:00

European Parliament Conference of Presidents (EP president and political group leaders) with Chair of the EU High Level Group on Own Resources

On Thursday 8 January a European Parliament Conference of Presidents took place. It was chaired by the EU High Level Group on Own Resources lead by Mario Monti. The report on EU’s Own Resources that was published last month was presented under the idea of reforming the EU funding system. AEGEE / European Students’ Forum has been monitoring the developments on the area of own financing of the European Union with special interest, predicting it as one of the most important challenges that the European institutions have to face with. As members of the organization European Movement, AEGEE welcomes the [...]

European Parliament Conference of Presidents (EP president and political group leaders) with Chair of the EU High Level Group on Own Resources2015-08-03T10:19:33+00:00

European students cast a critical eye on Moldovan parliamentary elections

On the weekend of the 30th of November AEGEE-Europe deployed 22 young observers to the parliamentary elections in Moldova. In pairs of two the observers visited around 50 polling stations,  that were spread out across different neighborhoods of Chisinau. During all stages of election day (opening, voting, closing and counting) no major irregularities were observed. In general everything was well organized, all necessary materials were present and stations opened and closed on time. A big number of international and national (partisan) observers were present. However AEGEE-Europe observers noted some procedural irregularities.  Due to the failure of the national online voter [...]

European students cast a critical eye on Moldovan parliamentary elections2015-08-03T10:19:51+00:00