Position paper on Education

Introduction AEGEE-Europe is belonging to the group of European students’ non-governmental organisations. It represents 13 000 students in 40 countries in Europe. Its members are young people that are involved in the higher education institutions and therefore are the main beneficiaries of the education systems in Europe. AEGEE together with its members strives for equal and quality education in Europe that does not set additional barriers for students to study and cares about students’ educational needs. Therefore, it is relevant for AEGEE to take a position about higher education in Europe in order to bring student perspective to its advocacy [...]

Position paper on Education2014-11-13T10:03:27+00:00

Position Paper on Single Seat of the European Parliament

Introduction European elections are taking place in May 2014 and with a fresh Parliament on the horizon, we see this as the perfect time to put a stop to the European Parliament's travelling circus. The European Parliament (EP) works mainly from Brussels, but for fewer than 50 days a year the Parliament moves to its official seat in Strasbourg to vote. This dual seat, in combination with keeping half its administrative staff in Luxembourg, costs an extra €180 million and 19,000 tonnes of CO2 each year[1]. In current times of economic hardship and global warming, these budgetary and environmental costs [...]

Position Paper on Single Seat of the European Parliament2014-09-01T07:43:09+00:00

Position Paper on the EU Eastern Partnership Programme

BACKGROUND The Eastern Partnership (hereinafter “EaP”) Prague Summit in May 2009 launched a strategic and ambitious EaP Programme as a specific dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy. In 2013, the European Union evaluated the achievements of its European Neighbourhood Policy and, more specifically, the level of cooperation with its Eastern neighbours. Within the last 4-5 years, most participating countries in the EaP Programme (includes - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) have successfully implemented a number of required reforms at home and abroad (i.e. improvements to domestic democratic processes, international economic cooperation agreements, and thoroughly negotiated and signed Association [...]

Position Paper on the EU Eastern Partnership Programme2014-07-31T08:02:38+00:00

Position Paper on Combating Homophobia in Europe

General Context The Doctrine of Human Rights has been a cornerstone of public policy around the world ever since the adoption of the Declaration of Human Rights in Paris by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. Human rights are conceived both as universal (applicable everywhere) and egalitarian (the same for everyone). They are, therefore, applicable to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people (LGBT’s). The rights of LGBT’s have been concurred slowly: It was not until 2011 the United Nations Human Rights passed its first resolution recognising LGBT rights. urged all countries which had not yet done so, to enact [...]

Position Paper on Combating Homophobia in Europe2013-11-27T12:57:10+00:00

Position paper on Recognition of Volunteers

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 [...]

Position paper on Recognition of Volunteers2014-01-06T09:37:42+00:00

Position Paper on Youth Rights

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 [...]

Position Paper on Youth Rights2013-11-08T12:17:02+00:00

Position Paper on Education for Sustainable Development

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 [...]

Position Paper on Education for Sustainable Development2013-11-08T12:12:41+00:00

Position Paper on European Integration

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 [...]

Position Paper on European Integration2013-11-08T12:10:01+00:00

Position on the Issue of Co-Management System for Young People within the European Institutions

When talking about participation it becomes apparent fairly quickly that many people have different conceptions as to what participation actually means and entails. Youth participation of young people is a priority for AEGEE, and in our understanding, it covers several aspect, from participation in political processes, to involvement in the community, volunteering and awareness of ones’ environment. Indeed, throughout our activities, we are trying to successfully involve and represent young people in the decision-making process, with a special focus on European level, due to our European identity. However, we are also aware that politics, both on national and European level, [...]

Position on the Issue of Co-Management System for Young People within the European Institutions2013-06-04T20:36:25+00:00

AEGEE-Europe’s position on the Youth Guarantee Scheme

AEGEE-Europe welcomes all the efforts that have been undertaken by EU institutions to combat Youth Unemployment, and in particular the Youth Guarantee Scheme as well as the Youth Employment Initiative proposed by the European Council in February 2013, which allocates a budget of 6 billion Euros for the period for 2014-2020 for the combat of Youth Unemployment. We believe that with its rapid development, the Youth Guarantee Scheme is on a good way to become a truly powerful instrument to support young Europeans that are in danger of becoming unemployed. We also fully support the amendment to the proposal of [...]

AEGEE-Europe’s position on the Youth Guarantee Scheme2013-05-23T09:31:56+00:00