Europe 2020 – 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. Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:02:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.10 Europe on Track 2: Mobility and EUrope /europe-on-track-2-mobility-and-europe/ Wed, 01 Jan 2014 16:38:34 +0000 /?p=4107 Following the successful achievements of the first edition of the project, Europe on Track 2 is also aiming to tackle issues that are of great concern for young people, giving them the chance to speak up for their needs, demands and express their proposals for changes. Only this time, a stronger emphasis will be put on encouraging young people to take action and become actors in the construction of “the Europe we want for our future!”

The choice of the two main topics heavily depended on aligning the thematics with AEGEE’s mission of empowering young people across the European continent and providing them with information on the programmes and possibilities being part of the European Union offers them. Hence Europe on Track 2 is going to put Mobility and EUrope in the focus of its interactive workshops, sessions and discussions during the whole trip of the six travelling ambassadors.

Download the project dossier and read more about the concept and the realization of the project!

Europe on Track 2 – Dossier

 

 

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Europe on Track is back! /europe-on-track-is-back/ Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:27:21 +0000 /?p=4098 After the success of the first edition of the project, AEGEE-Europe is happy to announce that the Europe on Track project is going to be one of the highlights of the year 2014 as well! With new topics, new faces, new cities to be visited, young people will once again become actors of the implementation of European policies that are affecting our daily lives.

But how exactly the project is going to look like and what is happening with the project at the moment?
Read the interview on The AEGEEan – AEGEE’s online magazine and stay tuned for more information to come!
http://www.zeus.aegee.org/magazine/2013/10/21/europe-on-track-is-back/

 

Written by: Cosmina Bisboaca, AEGEE-Torino

The award winning Europe on Track is back and ready for the second round. The Comité Directeur is working on finding the team for the second edition of the popular project and because of that The AEGEEan interviewed the president of AEGEE-Europe, Luis Alvarado Martinez about it. 

The AEGEEan: The second edition of Europe on Track (EoT) 2014 will be focusing on the European Parliamentary Elections of 2014. Can you tell us more about this?

Luis: 2014 will be the year of the European Parliamentary elections, so all the EU discussions will be related to them. It will for sure be the biggest event or activity related to Europe and therefore we thought it would be very important to connect Europe on track with it.

In the new edition, our travellers will be interviewing students again and young people around Europe, but this time they will be asking them to send messages of what they would like to change in Europe to the newly elected Members of the European Parliament (MEPs)

If you had a chance to be in front of the almost 800 MEPs who on a daily basis decide and approve legislation which affect each one of us, what would you tell them? This is the question that we want to ask young people around the continent.

One of the final stops: Team Blue’s visit to Sofia

Are there any improvements compared to the former edition of Europe on Track ?
One of the big changes for the second edition, is that we have already applied for funding from the Open Society Foundation. If this is accepted we will be able to ensure that our travellers have everything they need and they will have much better conditions than last time, but we will also be able to support AEGEE locals that organize events in their cities. Having the experience from the first edition will help us without a doubt. We will have a bigger coordination team from the very begining who will also be deciding much more about the content aspect, as well as all the logistics.

The fact that we also created a known brand with the first edition of Europe on Track will already give quite a lot more visibility from the start of the second one, as well as much more support and cooperation from other partners.

The period was changed from november/december to april/may. What are the reasons?
We have chosen these dates because they are close to the European Parliament elections in May 2014, but also because we though that maybe the travellers would enjoy some warm weather more.

Team Red’s stop in Genova: youth unemployment in the focus of the discussion

Will the routes stay the same as the EoT 2012?
The routes still have not been decided. Once we have selected the coordination team we will decide the route with them, and then we will also have to take into consideration the opinion of the travellers. For this you will have to wait a bit, but we will inform the people with enough time so locals that are interested in hosting EoT events can know and plan in advance.

Is it difficult to find lodging for the Ambassadors and antennae that are interested to cooperate?
This part of the project is of course always challenging, and this is why one person of the coordinating team will be just focused on this logistics aspects of finding places for travellers to stay and AEGEE locals willing to organize events. Of course if we get the funding from the grant, everything will be much easier.

But last time, the response from locals was amazing, as many of them really wanted to take active part in the project and host events in their cities! We hope that with this edition, participation will increase even more.

The Network cooperation with our project and our locals that was showed during the first edition, was clearly one of the success key actions that gave us the Charlemagne Youth Prize 2013.

“It couldn’t have happened without the support of the AEGEE Network. Literally everywhere across Europe!”

 

The Open Call for the Coordination Team of Europe on Track 2 has already been sent to the Network. The Comité Directeur is looking forward to your applications!

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Young Enterprises, Young Entrepreneurs – European Commission “Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan” /young-enterprises-young-entrepreneurs-european-commission-entrepreneurship-2020-action-plan-2/ Sat, 09 Feb 2013 20:47:12 +0000 http://aegee.blogactiv.eu/?p=421 AEGEE-Europe warmly welcomes the “Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan” published by the European Commission earlier this month. As an organisation striving to provide young people with the necessary tools to take their future into their own hands, and concerned by the dangerously high levels of especially youth unemployment throughout the continent, AEGEE-Europe strongly supports the Commission’s aim of reigniting the entrepreneurial spirit in Europe.

Photo: The European Commission

When going through the Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan, one could almost say it has been written after consultation with the teams of the “Europe on Track” project and the hundreds of young Europeans they have involved in their research along the tracks of Europe. The Action Plan identifies many of the barriers which were also mentioned by youth—such as the image of entrepreneurship, heavy bureaucracy, and various financial constraints—and develops almost the same solutions, including investing heavily in entrepreneurship education, cutting red tape, and setting up business incubators.

While this was not the case, it is reassuring to see that the Commission has taken young people’s environment into account, and has managed to represent many of their personal concerns. This will undoubtedly help in providing young people with properly adapted tools and support, empowering them to see and take business creation as a route out of unemployment. For this, AEGEE-Europe whole-heartedly agrees with the Commission that “investing in entrepreneurship education is one of the highest return investments Europe can make.”

One particularly interesting realisation by the Commission in this respect, is the fact that “practical entrepreneurial experiences can also be gained outside education.” Indeed, many young people will for the first time come into contact with aspects of entrepreneurship through non-formal education, by taking part in a training course, competing in a business plan challenge, or volunteering in an NGO. Also during “Europe on Track”, youth have repeatedly spoken in favour of active participation in civil society—including students organisations—as a means to gain valuable experience and skills such as creativity, book-keeping, and project management. AEGEE-Europe therefore offers its support to the Commission in its commitment to promote the recognition and validation of entrepreneurial learning—and by extension all learning—outside the formal education system.

Unfortunately, this apparent understanding of the particular employment environment of young people is at times insufficiently translated into youth-specific measures and support mechanisms. While encouraging the specific attention for such vulnerable groups as women, seniors, or migrants, AEGEE-Europe regrets that youth do not receive equal recognition in the Action Plan, but are addressed together with unemployed people from all ages. In various fields the Commission could have gone further in supporting this particularly hard-hit part of society, by inviting Member States to implement tax breaks or easily accessible starting capital loans for young entrepreneurs, continue to offer practical entrepreneurial experiences also to tertiary education students, and actively involve young people in the concrete realisation and implementation of the proposed measures.

Finally, it is ironic that, while claiming that the potential of social entrepreneurs is “often underestimated”, the European Commission at the same time seems to underestimate the importance of social entrepreneurship in the European economy of the future. The Action Plan rightly states that social entrepreneurs are more resilient to the crisis and generate sustainable jobs, thereby contributing to the EU2020 objectives, but falls short in converting this realisation into structural support for sustainable start-ups. Also, results from “Europe on Track” show that, at least among young Europeans, social entrepreneurship has a better image, providing a means for changing the perception of entrepreneurs by stressing their value to society and the environment.

Set on its three legs of developing entrepreneurial education and training, creating the right business environment, and nurturing the new generation of entrepreneurs, the European Commission’s “Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan” offers a solid stool to those wanting to launch themselves into self-employment. Take a seat!

Written by Mathieu Soete, Policy Officer on Sustainability of AEGEE-Europe

Connected post: European Commission supports young entrepreneurs

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Promote sustainable travelling – win €1250 for your local! /promote-sustainable-travelling-win-e1250-for-your-local/ Wed, 28 Nov 2012 13:03:06 +0000 /?p=2242 InterRail offers two locals the unique opportunity to win 1250€ for their projects or event. We would like to invite you to take part in a competition promoting sustainability
and environmental awareness offered by our partner – InterRail! The prize money can be invested in any project or event you are planning.

www.InterRail.eu offers train passes to Europeans to explore Europe by train.
Train travel is one of the most sustainable ways of traveling through Europe.

How can you participate?

The topic of the competition is: “Promoting Green Travelling – Sustainable Europe by 2020”.

Do you care about a sustainable future – and do you want others to get involved?
How would YOU promote sustainable travelling?

You can submit your video, poster or picture, presenting your project!

No individual entries will be accepted, only submissions from locals.

The winners will be chosen by a jury of Comité Directeur, Environmental Working group and InterRail. All ideas will be published on the Europe on Track page.

 

 

The criteria of selection are the following (by order of importance)

  • creativity and innovation of the idea
  • project or initiative you want to use the money for (just give us an idea)

Your local is only eligible for the prize if you

  • share the open call on your local’s website
  • share the picture published on AEGEE-Europe’s Facebook page and the link to the InterRail website on the Facebook page of your local.

 Deadline for submissions:

27th December 2012, 23:59 CET,
Send your ideas to headoffice@aegee.org.
Please make sure that you mention the name of your local in the subject line!

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