eu – AEGEE-Europe | European Students' Forum AEGEE (Association des Etats Généraux des Etudiants de l’Europe / European Students’ Forum) is a student organisation that promotes cooperation, communication and integration amongst young people in Europe. As a non-governmental, politically independent, and non-profit organisation AEGEE is open to students and young people from all faculties and disciplines – today it counts 13 000 members, active in close to 200 university cities in 40 European countries, making it the biggest interdisciplinary student association in Europe. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:59:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.11 For the first time in history: AEGEE Agora in Chisinau, Moldova /for-the-first-time-in-history-aegee-agora-in-chisinau-moldova/ Sun, 16 Oct 2016 18:49:36 +0000 /?p=6885 The AEGEE Agora is the space to inspire the new generation of our members and to reconnect more experienced ones. A 5-days event filled with knowledge and cultural exchange put into practice, with over 700 people travelling to Chisinau, Moldova between 11-16th October.

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In times, when all European eyes are questioning the ideological and political nature of the European project and the discourses are focusing largely on internal matters of the EU and Brexit; AEGEE travelled outside the European Union to hold the general assembly and to discover the local reality of Moldova, a frontrunner of the EU Eastern Partnership programme.

The general assembly started on the 11th October with the ‘Perspectives and Prospects: from Eastern Partnership to EU’ Youth Conference. The event received the support of the New Narratives for Europe project of the European Commission, enabling the participants of the event to reflect on the European dimension of local discourses and exchanges. The youth of Moldova feels belonging to Europe and are wishful towards the future cooperation possibilities with other European countries.

Session about Eastern Partnership - led by AEGEE Eastern Partnership Project!

Session about Eastern Partnership – led by AEGEE Eastern Partnership Project!

Besides the general assembly of the organisation, the participants of the AEGEE Agora also got a chance to gain insight into the current social and political situation of Moldova. With the upcoming presidential elections at the end of October, with a divided society caught between pro-Russian and pro-European sentiments, with extreme rate of poverty and unmeployment, and the country’s concerning future prospects, the youth of Moldova is facing challenging times ahead.

The international participants also had the chance to reflect more on a local context very different from their own and this also supported the thematic discussions within AEGEE. Among many items on the agenda of the general assembly, the future thematic focuses of the organisations have also been defined for the next three years.

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Session with guest speaker: board member of the European Youth Forum

Between 2017-2020, AEGEE is going to work towards a better Europe by building capacity and active engagement of her members in the following focus area topics:

  • Equal Rights
  • Civic Education
  • Youth Development
  • European Citizenship

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The Agora is a space for learning – as it has always been. From procedural motions and plenary requirements, from sideroom discussions to long evening talks about the future of Europe, from practicing direct democracy and the excitement of voting and elections, the AEGEE Agora has once again brought hundreds of Europeans together for one unforgettable event that will aspire them to be active European citizens.

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Thank you AEGEE-Chisinau

for the unforgettable experience and for welcoming all of us in your home!

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You can find more coverage of the AEGEE Agora in Moldova under the following links:

http://moldpres.md/news/2016/10/11/16008079

http://sfm.md/2016/autumn-agora-chisinau-2016-everybody-in-the-casa-mare/

http://diez.md/2016/09/28/chisinaul-va-gazdui-cel-mai-important-eveniment-al-asociatiei-studentilor-europeni-iata-cand-va-avea-loc/

http://diez.md/2016/10/10/recomandari-de-evenimente-pentru-ziua-de-marti-11-octombrie/

http://diez.md/2016/10/13/foto-aegee-chisinau-organizat-un-eveniment-pentru-tineri-si-50-de-voluntari-din-mai-multe-tari-europene/

http://trm.md/en/social/tineri-din-peste-40-de-tari-se-vor-intalni-la-chi-sinau-in-cadrul-unei-conferin-te/

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Two Polish Students, Boguslawa and Daniel, About The Borders in Europe /two-polish-students-boguslawa-and-daniel-about-the-borders-in-europe/ Tue, 03 May 2016 10:15:34 +0000 /?p=6463 Travelling to Poland, Team Blue from Europe on Track 3 got the chance to interview many young people on important issues about European borders and the situation with refugees. Let’s see what results they got!
Two Polish students, Boguslawa, 23, and Daniel, 26, agreed to answer our questions. Both of them have travelled abroad and took part ininternational projects. They are both satisfied with the living and working conditions in their country, and are considering to stay there in the future.

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What is Europe for you? What do you feel when you hear this word?

Boguslawa: I think that it is a way in which all people from Europe share some traditions; and it is very important to know and cultivate them because they allow us to understand history. We share a lot of it: sometime difficult and sometimes nice but by understanding it we can avoid many problems, and I hope we will do so.

Do we need to change anything in the functioning of Europe? What should be improved?

Boguslawa: Of course we should change, but I don’t have any recipe for that, I don’t know how to fix this whole situation. I think that one big issue is that in Poland, and I think it happens in many other countries, so many politicians are involved in media. Sometimes, they own all radio stations, all newspapers, they even funded them! And we have no idea what is really going on because we are just sold some information from people who are personally involved in that. So, we cannot really judge the situation because we are not sure of what is going on.

Here is an example of how media works. I live in a place where there was a march on our Independence Day, and they tell us on a TV some things while I see through my own window other things totally different than what they tell me on the TV! I mean, I see a guy who is talking on his phone, and he raises his hand up saying: “Hey, you can find me here” to his friend, and then I find this picture on the news, and he is called a fascist because he is making ‘roman salute’. The question is how to change it.

That is why we make this project, to get to know what people think to make then the report with systemized data, and show the result. This result will be heard. You asked how we can change it, so probably this is the way, and you are part of it.

Daniel: It is a very wide question, and it could be discussed for at least an hour, with politicians, not with me, I am only a student. However, there are couple of things that could be improved.

Now a lot of people are wondering about the European Union, if it is going to collapse or not. I think there’s a bright future for the European Union because conflict and discussion are something natural for such a big diversity, we have so many countries in it, and it is impossible that all this countries will have all the time the same opinion. So for me the core is this discussion and finding the solution from this conflict.

Now we have a problem with immigrants. For example, Eastern countries say that we need to defend our borders; on the other hand, Western countries say that, we should accept all of them (immigrants). In my opinion, the solution is somewhere in between. We should think about borders, make them tighter because it is a really big problem but, at the same time, we should accept all the people who need help, maybe not all the immigrant who came from other countries with good conditions, but for sure all the people who really need help. Both sides have good intentions; it is hard to connect fire with ice but we have to.

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What would you wish for the future of Europe?

Boguslawa: I hope that these conflicts and discussions about our problems will make us stronger, that we will find some way of communication. Usually few voices, few countries, like Germany, France and England, have the strongest voice, and I hope that we will learn that in conflict situations like this we have to listen to everybody, and we will learn something.

Daniel: I was wondering about the same that was said, I wish that the power of each country would be balanced because some countries are overpowered, and at the same time others are underpowered. So I hope for a better balance, and I wish for a Europe that will be united, and the rest of the countries who are not involved in the European Union will become members. I think that’s all.

Interviewer: Thank you both for your answers and the participation, your voice will be heard.

As we can see from those answers and summarize from other interviews and indoor session, young people strive for equality and non-radical solutions. It is easy to cross borders from some countries to others (from Schengen to non-Schengen) but not the other way round. There are two better solutions to solve two different problems. The first one would be expanding the Schengen area for other European countries. The second one is to help first refugees who are in need and then supporting economic immigrants.

Big thanks to AEGEE-Warszawa for the participation and assistance with the sessions!

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World Water Day 2013 /world-water-day-2013/ Fri, 22 Mar 2013 17:53:12 +0000 http://aegee.blogactiv.eu/?p=537 The United Nations has the year 2013 proclaimed as the International Year of Water Cooperation and today, the 22nd of March, is the International World Water Day. Water is almost a magic liquid, without water life is not possible on the earth. The amount of clean drinking water will be a hugh problem in the near future, so water is a very current topic. The UN focuses mainly on water cooperation this year. Through different conferences on water cooperation in different countries the UN hopes to attract attention, raise awareness and achieve a better cooperation regarding water policies and actions that are taken.

The European Union has an up to date policy regarding water management. Reports from the European Environment Agency are making clear that unless additional action to the Water Framework Directive (the current water policy of the EU) is taken, it won’t be possible to achieve a good water status by 2015. It was time to implement a new water strategy, otherwise the goals that were set won’t be reached. The Water Blueprint, the new water strategy of the EU, is strongly related to the EU’s 2020 strategy.  The aim of the EU’s 2020 strategy is that the EU becomes a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. Water is of course an important factor in a sustainable economy, especially with increasing drought in the Mediterranean countries. The objective of the Water Blueprint is to ensure that a sufficient quantity of good quality water is available for people’s needs, the economy and the environment throughout the EU. Hopefully the good water status in the EU is reached by 2015 with this new water strategy!*

In AEGEE the Environmental Working Group members care about water as well. Our last social meeting was about water pollution and plastic soup in the ocean. We think that when everyone contributes a little bit; using less water and less water polluting products, we can make together that clean drinking water will still be, or will again be, available for everyone in the future! Let’s cooperate together and make the earth a better planet!

*Source: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/blueprint/

Written by Iris Hordijk, Speaker EnWG AEGEE

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I love you(th) but I don’t say it! /i-love-youth-but-i-dont-say-it/ /i-love-youth-but-i-dont-say-it/#comments Fri, 19 Oct 2012 14:14:48 +0000 http://aegee.blogactiv.eu/?p=227 We are now more than used to hearing politicians and representatives claiming high and clear that youth should be a priority. The alarming figures are not so much of a surprise anymore: the youth unemployment rate in Europe is more than 22,6%, there has been a drastic drop in the interest of young people for the democratic processes, still only 30% young Europeans end up with a University degree… Young people are our future and they do deserve support and attention. Unfortunately, despite the good intentions, we cannot help but notice that the European Union’s budget allocated to youth is still around 0,1% of the total budget, and that on a national level, education and youth is rarely a priority, when it comes to investing money.

As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words, and now AEGEE is calling for a real investment in youth and youth organisations, in order to provide young people with real opportunities, and the recognition of the importance of youth organisations in terms of empowering young people, of giving them tools, skills and knowledge which are the bulding blocks for their future success. The work carried out by youth organisations such as AEGEE – and many others, active on a local, national or European level – is crucial, as with very little resources, we are developing young people, training and educating them, so that they will later on invest in their communities. Through non-formal activities, we also contribute to empowering young people and increasing their chances, not only on the job market, but also to become active citizens.

Therefore, in a period when the EU budget for youth is drafted for the next 7 years, we consider it  necessary to remind decision makers that actions speak louder than words, and that if they want to invest in youth, it now is the time to take action. On the morning of 16th October, AEGEE took part in the stakeholders meeting organised by European Youth Forum (YFJ) to discuss the latest news regarding the negotiation concerning the youth budget planning of the next multi-financial framework, and it is with pleasure that we heard that the European Youth Forum represents the needs of young people and youth organizations.


With Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for education, culture, multilingualism and youth

On this occasion, AEGEE wants join the European Youth Forum, and raise its voice, not only as a European based youth structure, but also on behalf of the 15 000 young individuals who are part of our network. We believe that it is high time to give young people the means to develop themselves as active citizens, to find their place in society and in the job market. AEGEE hopes that on both the national and the European level, our representatives will take action in order to unlock the necessary resources for those young people and youth organisations who are willing to be active, who have projects, who have ideas, who take part in democratic processes, and therefore invest in the future of these young people.

Visit the  website of the new campaign of the European Youth Forum: LoveYouthFuture

Written by Lucille Rieux

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