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AEGEE-Europe’s Reaction to “ERASMUS FOR ALL: The EU Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport”

AEGEE-Europe acknowledges the programme presented on November 23 by the European Commission that will substitute, among other programmes, the current “Youth in Action”. The new programme, called “Erasmus for All”, will include all the funding possibilities for youth, education, mobility, sport and culture, and include a significantly increased budget. AEGEE-Europe welcomes the focus on education and vocational training, with the focus on individual mobility and a clear simplification of the mobility programs for students, with the predictable result to reduce bureaucracy and simplify the procedures. However, AEGEE-Europe considers the proposal, as submitted, deeply unsatisfactory. The programme leaves aside the non-formal [...]

AEGEE-Europe’s Reaction to “ERASMUS FOR ALL: The EU Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport”2012-11-30T10:35:05+00:00

Position Paper on Languages in Europe: A Clear European Language Policy, Ensuring Effective Communication and Equal Rights for all Citizens

Topicality European integration from its start has been a multilingual process. Europe’s history has been defined by a variety of nations, all having their own language. On top of the big national languages, that have seen their usage spread far beyond the borders of Europe in the colonial era, every region in Europe has its own regional language and often language borders do not follow national borders, creating linguistic minorities across the border. The current language policy of the European Union guarantees the use of all national languages (currently 23) in official documents and debates in the Parliament. In practice [...]

Position Paper on Languages in Europe: A Clear European Language Policy, Ensuring Effective Communication and Equal Rights for all Citizens2012-11-30T10:31:26+00:00

Position Paper on Youth Mobility: Simplified Visa Procedure for Unremunerated Trainees or Volunteers

Topicality The freedom of movement and access to mobility is one of the fundamental rights of all residents on the European continent. Moving forward the strive towards economic social and cultural integration and self-identification of Europeans united in their diversity faces the obstacles of visa and border policy inherited from the XIX century. Today more and more young people from all over Europe choose the opportunity to voluntarily contribute to the development, promotion and spreading of common European values. However most of the volunteers from European but non-EU countries coming to EU member states for developing and managing projects aimed on [...]

Position Paper on Youth Mobility: Simplified Visa Procedure for Unremunerated Trainees or Volunteers2012-11-30T10:31:58+00:00

Contribution of AEGEE-Europe to the European Commission’s White Paper: Youth Policy

“European values, mobility in Europe and Europe in the world” 1) At the beginning of the 21st century, Europe is facing a big challenge: the institutional concept  has to evolve into a concept uniting its people. In order to develop a truly European identity and to share common values, Europe’s citizens have to add the European dimension to their way of thinking and to start looking behind the borders of their nations. The decision-makers of tomorrow are among the Youth of today. We, the European students of AEGEE, wish to express our vision of the future. We share a European [...]

Contribution of AEGEE-Europe to the European Commission’s White Paper: Youth Policy2012-11-29T22:53:38+00:00

Statement for Europe: A European Students’ Vision for Real European Citizenship

Introduction Europe needs to make a decisive step forward in order to face the challenges of the next millenium. Nation states and the European institutions in their present shape are not sufficient to secure peace and stability in Europe, to solve environmental problems and to balance between the forces of the market and the social needs of the citizens of Europe. The decision-makers of tomorrow are among the students of today. We, the European students of AEGEE, wish to express our vision of the future. We share a European spirit and believe in a Europe without borders. Our European experience [...]

Statement for Europe: A European Students’ Vision for Real European Citizenship2012-11-29T22:48:48+00:00

Declaration of Greek & Turkish Friendship – 1997

We, AEGEE members AND young people of Greece and Turkey aware of our past and history, recognising the differences and the common elements of our national identities, aspiring to a peaceful coexistence and cooperation of our countries in the future, hereby declare our awareness that between the two countries there are disputes; our strong belief that these disputes derive primarily from aggressive claims on sovereignty rights, prejudices that were spread throughout the peoples in the past, and the infringement of international treaties whenever it happens; our certainty that solutions to every dispute must be political and based on mutual respect, [...]

Declaration of Greek & Turkish Friendship – 19972013-02-13T13:10:04+00:00

Position Paper: For a European Youth-Policy in the Union

Position paper on the European Union youth policies. Introduction The role of Youth in the European construction has been acknowledged by many sides. But still, in many cases this recognition is only made of empty wordings. Young people in Europe are called to be active players in the European construction. At the same time the Youth policies in Europe are stuck into wonderful projects with very few resources. Hereby AEGEE makes itself promoter of more realistic Youth Policies across Europe by using three main methods: 1)       networking: the creation of trans-national networks of partner organizations and institutions facing similar problems [...]

Position Paper: For a European Youth-Policy in the Union2012-11-30T10:30:01+00:00

Position Paper: What Can Students Bring to the People to People Link Dimension of the New Transatlantic Agenda?

Position Paper AEGEE is an independent, international, interdisciplinary, widely spread association of European students. As such it has always been striving to foster and strengthen the contacts between young people - not only in Europe, but also across the continents. The new Transatlantic Agenda is a very good opportunity for us to start a discussion that will build bridges between the United States and the European Union, especially as far as the youth is concerned. . We are convinced that students’ organisations can make very valuable contributions in this process and thus should  play a decisive role. As NGO active [...]

Position Paper: What Can Students Bring to the People to People Link Dimension of the New Transatlantic Agenda?2012-11-30T10:32:50+00:00