An earthquake shook during last week the Spanish society, when the ministry of Education published in the Spanish official Bulletin (BOE) the ministerial decision of cutting back the national support to the ERASMUS students from the current year on, except on the cases they had received a ministerial grant on the previous year. This measure meant that most of the students (around 30.000) already at their foreign European universities would be affected, finding themselves with a smaller economical support than the one it was agreed when they accepted their destination. This in most cases would imply the need to cancel [...]
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Introduction AEGEE (Association des Etats Généraux des Etudiants de l’Europe/European Students’ Forum) is born in 1986 with the vision of creating a unified Europe, based on democracy and a respect for human rights, bringing together students with different cultural backgrounds. Today, AEGEE is Europe’s largest interdisciplinary youth organisation: 40 countries, 200 cities, 13 000 friends. This network provides the ideal platform for young volunteers to work together on cross-border activities such as international conferences, seminars, exchanges, training courses and case study trips. In line with the challenges young people are currently facing in Europe, AEGEE’s work is focused on three [...]
General Context The gap and marginalisation of young people in Europe is one of the consequence of the crisis and has resulted in labelling the future leaders of society as the lost generation and therefore brought a misery to image of any future of young person. Conceivably, young people are not entitled to be one of the marginalised social groups. However, in the circumstances we are facing nowadays, the society infringes their obligation to carry stronger responsibilities. Europe has never had such an educated, influential young generation as it has nowadays. In the same time, it has never been less [...]
Introduction The seeds of education for sustainable development were laid at the 1977 Tbilisi Conference on Environmental Education. At this intergovernmental conference, organised by the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), delegates from 68 countries unanimously agreed on “the important role of environmental education in the preservation and improvement of the world's environment, as well as in the sound and balanced development of the world's communities.” Almost 40 years later, this phrase has only become more valid, more urgent, and more widely recognised. We are seeing increasing evidence and the emergence [...]
SUMMARY The European integration and enlargement have always been connected with the simple aspiration to bring fundamentally new basis of cooperation and interaction between states and people. Within this framework the ongoing policies of the European Union and Council of Europe in the Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Mediterranean region could be good examples of a unique policy making within the European continent. Usually the debates about European integration go around the challenges this process brings to the sovereignty of the European states, and particularly the criticism is aimed towards the fact that the countries involved in this process are [...]
This new project aims at answering fundamental questions concerning active citizenship and participation in democratic processes of young students, in particular ERASMUS students. Through an in-depth survey, the project will measure the feeling of “being European” among young students and, furthermore, assess any possible existing links between “being ERASMUS student” and level of engagement in the European society. In addition, this project aims to investigate the voting intentions and behaviour of Erasmus and university students, across Europe, in the European Parliament’s elections. AEGEE-Europe/European Students’ Forum, The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) and Generation Europe Foundation partnered up and launched this new project, [...]
We, the partners and over 200 participants, gathered in the 14th Edition of the University on Youth and Development (UYD) celebrating the European Year of Citizens: Recall the international and regional documents enhancing and promoting the exercise of democratic citizenship[i], Refer to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the European Social Charter; Recall the United Nations Millennium Declaration, wherein the international community committed itself to sparing no effort to promote democracy and strengthen the rule of law, as well as to strive [...]
AEGEE-Europe, together with 10 youth organizations from all over Europe, has launched the campaign YouthRights.NOW for the recognition of specific rights for youth. These youth rights include education and training, employment, housing, health and the right to a healthy environment, participation, sexual and reproductive health, culture and sport, non-discrimination, as wells as proper information on youth policies and its implementation. In the current situation, these rights are being violated with worrying frequency, therefore this call for action to increase the protection of one of the collectives more severely affected by the current economic and social crisis in Europe. You can [...]
AEGEE-Europe Launches the “Y Vote 2014” Campaign to Engage First Time Voters in the Elections to the European Parliament of May 2014.
AEGEE-Europe will focus a big part of the activities of its 13000 members in a broad campaign to engage students, young citizens and all first time voters in the campaign for the European Parliament Elections of May 2014. This campaign is launched now with a convention called “Ignite the spark of youth” hosted by AEGEE-Valladolid, one of the local branches of AEGEE-Europe in Spain. AEGEE-Europe understands democracy as a big process where the voting is just the visible step. But there is no democracy without the possibility to make an informed choice, therefore we have prepared a great set of [...]
Health4Youth by AEGEE-Europe and iValueHealth.NET partner to promote healthy lifestyle among European Youth
First collaboration between Health Social Network and Youth Community promises to enhance health education and healthy lifestyle among European Youth. Health4Youth by AEGEE-Europe, an initiative meant to educate and support European youth in making healthy choices and iValueHealth.NET, leading European health social network announce a strategic partnership to increase health awareness among young people, provide them with services/tools that encourage a healthy lifestyle, connect young people with each other and with health professionals. “60% of our users are Europeans and it is very interesting to observe the expectations and behaviour of young people. What we are seeing on our platform [...]