One week ago, on Wednesday Dec 5th, the EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Mr László Andor, presented a new package of measures against unemployment. The job market is severely affected by the crisis, and the situation gets worse every month. We stand now at alarmingly high youth unemployment rates in Europe: an average 23% in the European Union, and in some countries like Spain and Greece, over 50%. It is true that youth unemployment was an endemic problem in many regions in Europe but the situation is derailed now, and this has moved the European Commission (EC) to finally [...]
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The Bali Global Youth Forum was held in Indonesia on December 2012. Its aim was to review the implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and prepare the follow up beyond 2014. As a result, recommended actions for the outcome report of the review were produced, together with recommendations to be included in the the post-2015 United Nations development agenda. Additionally, the Global youth Forum helped to generate a new consensus on putting youth rights at the heart of development policies. AEGEE-Europe participated in the Global Youth Forum, represented by its President Luis [...]
On 27th November, the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament adopted the new YES Europe programme for youth, education and sport. This merges all the EU programmes in the field of education, training and sport, as well as Erasmus in the framework of a single programme. AEGEE-Europe welcomes the adoption of the "YES Europe" programme by the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament, a proposition put forward by Member of the European Parliament Doris Pack, in response to the Erasmus for All proposal by the European Commission. The "YES Europe" proposal is still to [...]
Public Hearing – European Students demand secure funding for the Education and Youth programmes of 2014-2020
Public Hearing European Students demand secure funding for the Education and Youth programmes of 2014-2020 Tuesday 13 November 2012, 15.30-17.00 European Parliament Brussels, A5E1 hosted by MEP NIKOS CHRYSOGELOS, GREENS/EFA Speakers: PETER MATJASIC, President of the European Youth Forum KATHRIN RENNER, Vice President of AEGEE-Europe/European Students Forum SIMONA PRONCKUTE, European Citizens Initiative Fraternite 2020 JUAN COLINO, Erasmus Student Network KARINA UFERT, European Students Union Charing by: LUIS ALVARADO MARTINEZ, President of AEGEE-Europe AEGEE (European Students’ Forum), ESN (Erasmus Student Network) and ESU (European Student Union), Europe’s biggest student organisations, representing more than 11 million students and 30.000 volunteers from 47 countries, call upon the European Union decision-makers for [...]
Between 31st October and 4th November, Budapest, Hungary hosted the General Assembly of AEGEE-Europe, the European Students’ Forum. Within the framework of this event, a wide variety of topics have been addressed from lively discussions on the Europe of tomorrow to how young people can contribute to it. More than 800 students gathered together from more than 40 countries for the Autumn Agora Budapest, to discuss the future of the organisation and AEGEE’s role in contributing to the future of the whole continent. Besides European youth leaders and activists, politicians have also addressed the event and welcomed AEGEE’s new initiatives. [...]
It is a hard time for AEGEE now. Before the General Assembly in Budapest, a call changed our mood. We were informed that Frank Biancheri, founder of AEGEE-Europe, had passed away on October 29th. The members of AEGEE have reacted instantly to the news, sharing their memories of meeting him, remembering how innovative his ideas were, how he had the ability to create debate around him, making new ideas flourish in the minds of those who had the opportunity to meet him. His belief that youth was a necessary actor in the building of Europe has inspired generations of active citizens [...]
AEGEE (European Students’ Forum), ESN (Erasmus Student Network) and ESU (European Student Union), Europe’s biggest student organisations, representing more than 11 million students and 30.000 volunteers from 47 countries, call upon the European Union decision-makers for adequate support to education and youth programmes in the budget negotiations under the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2010. As representative student organisations, we fully support the European Commission proposal to increase funding for education, training, youth and sport programmes to 19 billion EUR over 7 years. We believe that it is the minimum amount required to achieve the objective of sustainable growth and jobs, as agreed in the [...]
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 has started a petition asking the relevant EU bodies to secure funding for the Erasmus programme. To view and sign the petition, click here. October started with a worrying statement from the Chair of the Committee on Budgets of the European Parliament, Mr. Alain Lamassoure: “We have not foreseen in the 2012 budget enough credit payments … so the cohesion funds are at risk, also the European Social Fund, the Erasmus and life-long learning programmes, and even the research and innovation programmes”.  These words, coming from inside the European Parliament’s Committee on Budgets, shocked the European society, and especially the [...]
Where is Europe headed? What can young people expect from the Europe of tomorrow? These questions have been of great concern for many young Europeans recently. In order to find answers, AEGEE-Europe (European Students’ Forum) is launching the “Europe on Track” project in the fall of 2012. In the framework of this initiative, six young Europeans will travel the continent by train at the end of 2012, and in the course of one month, gather the answers to these, and further questions, through photography, videos and interviews.