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Threat to free movement: security and Schengen restrictions in Bulgaria and Romania

The recent terrorist attacks on the cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo and the hostage taking in the Jewish supermarket just outside of Paris have caused a major disturbance in European Union’s security policies. AEGEE-Europe acknowledges the grave and deep impact of these events, but would like to express its concern with recent developments around the heightened security threat and the stricter regulation of the Schengen Area. According to Romanian MEP Traian Ungureanu, Romania’s and Bulgaria’s chances to join the Schengen zone have diminished sharply now that Germany and France have become more cautious [1]. Some Schengen countries fear that accession of Bulgaria [...]

Threat to free movement: security and Schengen restrictions in Bulgaria and Romania2015-08-03T10:18:40+00:00

European Parliament Conference of Presidents (EP president and political group leaders) with Chair of the EU High Level Group on Own Resources

On Thursday 8 January a European Parliament Conference of Presidents took place. It was chaired by the EU High Level Group on Own Resources lead by Mario Monti. The report on EU’s Own Resources that was published last month was presented under the idea of reforming the EU funding system. AEGEE / European Students’ Forum has been monitoring the developments on the area of own financing of the European Union with special interest, predicting it as one of the most important challenges that the European institutions have to face with. As members of the organization European Movement, AEGEE welcomes the [...]

European Parliament Conference of Presidents (EP president and political group leaders) with Chair of the EU High Level Group on Own Resources2015-08-03T10:19:33+00:00

European students cast a critical eye on Moldovan parliamentary elections

On the weekend of the 30th of November AEGEE-Europe deployed 22 young observers to the parliamentary elections in Moldova. In pairs of two the observers visited around 50 polling stations,  that were spread out across different neighborhoods of Chisinau. During all stages of election day (opening, voting, closing and counting) no major irregularities were observed. In general everything was well organized, all necessary materials were present and stations opened and closed on time. A big number of international and national (partisan) observers were present. However AEGEE-Europe observers noted some procedural irregularities.  Due to the failure of the national online voter [...]

European students cast a critical eye on Moldovan parliamentary elections2015-08-03T10:19:51+00:00

The Anniversary Toolkit is here!

It is here! The Anniversary Team is proud to present the long-awaited Anniversary Toolkit for you! You can find useful information regarding the general framework of the anniversary year, the thematic structure, different activity suggestions for the different topic, tips and guidelines for organising your perfect Anniversary event. The locals who wish to apply for the Night of the Seven Antennae event can find the guidelines in the toolkit. Application deadline: 7th December 23:59 CET Download toolkit  

The Anniversary Toolkit is here!2014-12-02T09:27:34+00:00

Contributing to democracy in Europe – AEGEE observing the Bosnian elections

On 12th of October 2014, 17 student members of AEGEE-Europe from 7 different countries were observing the general elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Country is divided into two different entities, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) and Republika Srpska (RS), of which both were visited. The observers, in teams of two, visited 45 rural and urban polling stations in district Sarajevo. Minor irregularities were noticed in five polling stations, for example usage of wrongly coloured ballot box sealing, overcrowding of the polling station and voting outside the voting booth. The complexity of the constitutional set up of Bosnia and Herzegovina is [...]

Contributing to democracy in Europe – AEGEE observing the Bosnian elections2015-08-03T10:21:13+00:00

Witnessing when democracy is happening: European students observing the Referendum in Scotland

An election observation mission by AEGEE-Europe was present at the Scottish Independence Referendum held on the 18th of September 2014. Setting its main focus on the representation of the youth in Europe, the mission had as its goal to enhance democracy by ensuring the transparency of the voting process and the compliance with international voting regulations. The ongoing debate whether Scotland should be independent from the United Kingdom reached its culmination with yesterday's referendum. The public opinion on the matter had been divided during the campaigning process: preliminary polls had predicted an even distribution of votes on either side, with [...]

Witnessing when democracy is happening: European students observing the Referendum in Scotland2015-08-03T10:21:53+00:00

The shooting down of the flight MH17 in Ukraine should be a wake up call for Europe

The shooting down of a Boeing 777 on July 17th is a shocking reminder of the fact that, while the international community divides its attention between the bombing in Gaza and the holiday destination of the German world champions, the situation in Eastern Ukraine has degenerated into a civil war whose consequences are unpredictable. AEGEE-Europe has been paying continuous attention to the situation and we are worried that this attack can lead to a crossing of accusations and an escalation of the conflict. The current and the new boards of AEGEE-Europe would like to express their condolences to all families [...]

The shooting down of the flight MH17 in Ukraine should be a wake up call for Europe2014-07-18T22:19:12+00:00

“If we don’t cry out, who will?”

Commeorating 25 years of the Tianammen Square massacre As a European students’ organisation, we do not often look beyond Europe in these days while so many conflicts are happening in our continent. But today we do. We want to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the crackdown of one of the biggest students’ protests in history, the Tianammen Protests in China, with a million of students demanding for reforms towards freedom and opening of the communist regime. “People were disappointed in the government. They thought, If we don’t cry out, who will?” says Kenneth Lam, who was 20 then. When the [...]

“If we don’t cry out, who will?”2014-06-04T12:28:31+00:00

Outcome of World Youth Conference Sri Lanka

AEGEE-Europe was present in the World Youth Conference in Sri Lanka, with the participation of our Liaison Officer towards the European Youth Forum, Marko Grdosic, and liaison officer towards United Nations, Laia Garcia working on young people's involvement and participation in the post 2015 MDG process of the UN. During the 1 week conference, representatives from all the Governments in the world (both Government Official from each of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and youth representatives from each of the National Youth Councils) together with international youth prepresentatives from the biggest  International Youth Networks in the world, met and dived [...]

Outcome of World Youth Conference Sri Lanka2014-06-02T13:16:53+00:00

Tense situation in Ukraine the days before their most important elections.

Even though most western media have shifted attention from Ukraine, AEGEE-Europe / European Students’ Forum is still concerned about the situation in the country. We pay close attention to the Eastern regions, where several independence referendums were conducted some days ago. Regarding the absence of the international observers, and the lack of a legal framework to hold these consultations, neither the government of Ukraine nor the international community give validity to the results, but this seems to have little importance these days. The situation in the country is very unstable. On the one hand, the provisional government (established once President [...]

Tense situation in Ukraine the days before their most important elections.2014-05-22T11:56:12+00:00