Debating Europe: I’m debating what about you?

Debating Europe is a platform that provides us a unique opportunity to exchange OUR ideas with Europe’s leaders. The main aim is to be encouraged a strong and genuine conversation between European policy makers and citizens, and then having experts respond with feedback. The goal of the project is to offer support and critical reactions to citizens’ ideas and mobilize as much as possible the “back and forth discussion” between citizens and the experts who take part in the project.

The debate was divided into five “channels”, based on the theme:

  • Growth Europe: Looking beyond the eurozone crisis
  • Green Europe: Ensuring a sustainable European economy
  • Tech Europe: Building an innovative economy
  • Global Europe: Europe in a new world order
  • Future Europe: Ideas for a long-term vision for Europe

Debating Europe Schools is a new section of the platform which aim to give students the chance to pose questions to policymakers, debate with students across Europe and become aware of  EU. The platform is cooperating with schools and colleges in all the EU member-states to launch a series of online debates.

Find more information and join the debate now HERE!!!

Partners:

  • Friends of Europe
  • Europe’s World
  • European Parliament
  • Microsoft Gallup
  • Skype
  • ING
  • European Students’ Union
  • European Youth Parliament
  • JEF
  • Erasmus Student Network (ESN)
  • ThinkYoung
  • European Movement
  • Youth of European Nationalities
  • Citizens for Europe
  • European Student Think Tank
  • European Disability Forum
  • OneEurope
  • European Youth Press
  • Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU)
  • The Berlin Debating Union (BDU)
  • UNICA
  • AEGEE

 

Young People with Fewer Opportunities

A bilingual publication of the Eurodesk Cyprus about the young people with fewer opportunities. The term “young people with fewer opportunities” defines the young people who do not have the same opportunities as their peers because they may face one or more of the following situations:

  • Social obstacles
  • Economic obstacles
  • Disability
  • Educational difficulties
  • Cultural differences
  • Sexual orientation
  • Health problems
  • Geographical obstacles

Topics:
Inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities.
The needs of the Young people with fewer opportunities.
“Youth in Action” Programme and Social Inclusion.
Manuals for youth workers.
Read more HERE.

Useful Links:
Social Inclusion Tkit 8
SALTO and Inclusion
SALTO Inclusion Resource Centre

A school project about  social inclusion

Save Erasmus for students from 2014 to 2020: YES we can, say MEPs

The culture and education committee on Tuesday adopted the new YES EUROPE programme for youth, education and sport, merging all the EU programmes for education, training and sport and Erasmus for higher education. More than five million students, of all ages, should enjoy greater mobility and cooperation abroad thanks to €18 billion in EU funding for the years 2014 to 2020.

Find more HERE.
Watch the recorded meetings  HERE.

Source: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/

Eurodesk Cyprus November 2012: Employment and Entrepreneurship

A bilingual interactive newsletter about the employment and entrepreneurship, a field of the EU Youth Strategy. Youth Unemployment is in Europe reaches the 20%. European Union intents to smooth the transition from education and training to the labour market through the initiative “Youth on the Move” , one of the 7 flagship initiatives of the growth strategy “Europe 2020”.

Topics:

    • Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs- Interview: “Host Entrepreneur”
    • Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs- Interview: “Young Entrepreneur”
    • “We Mean Business” Campaign.
    • Job Vacancies and Traineeships in EU institutions.
    • Good Practices at a local level.
The publication is available HERE.
My impressions: A unique opportunity to get informed about the programme “Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs” by interviewing the “Host Entrepreneur”, Mr. Michalis Charakis, and the “Young Entrepreneur”, Vasilis Tobros.

“Youth Opportunities Initiative” is part of the EU’s initiative “Youth on the Move” and aims to drive down youth unemployment.

“Erasmus for all”? Perhaps not

This year Erasmus became 25 years old. It is one of the most successful programmes that promotes co-operation between higher education institutions and the mobility of students, academic and administrative staff. The programme gives the opportunity to all the University students, regardless of their financial background, to study and be trained in another European country. Consequently, the Commission’s proposal about the new education and training programme is questioned in the European  Parliament.
Video: “Erasmus for all”? Perhaps not: European Parliament TV

 

Source: European Parliament / EuroparlTV

EU Youth Conference of the Cyprus Presidency: “Youth Participation and Social Inclusion”

The EU Youth Conference is a part of the Structured Dialogue procedure that was established  by the Council of the European Union to engage the youth in the decision process. Young people may shape the EU policy on topics that directly affect them through public consultations in each member state and the EU Youth Conference. Each TRIO Presidency sets an overall theme  and then each presidency sets its own priority. The main theme of the 18 month TRIO Poland, Denmark, Cyprus was youth participation in democratic life in Europe. The priority of the Cyprus Presidency was the “Youth Participation and Social Inclusion”. The EU Youth Conference took place in Nicosia on 11-12-13 of September. During the conference of the youth delegates and Directors General of EU Member States discussed how youth participation leads to the social inclusion of all young people, with emphasis on the inclusion of young people with a migrant background and the importance of the participation of young people and youth organizations, especially in decision making for the creation of inclusive, democratic and prosperous societies. The joint recommendations of the youth delegates and Directors General of EU Member States was based on the outcomes of the national consultations in each member state. Find more information in the official website of the Cyprus Presidency. Useful Links:

See also: Newsletter Eurodesk Cyprus April: “Structured Dialogue”

Newsletter Eurodesk Cyprus: Cyprus EU Presidency

The bilingual interactive newsletter of the Eurodesk Cyprus provides information about the Cyprus EU Presidency.

Topics:

  • Cyprus EU Presidency.
  • Council of the European Union.
  • Eurodesk Cyprus and Cyprus Presidency.
  • Cyprus Youth Council: “Becoming active with the Structured Dialogue”.
  • Campaigns “Information Right Now” and “Generation 1992”.
  • Events/ Competitions.
  • Videos and Useful Resources.

Find the newsletter HERE.

Published by Eurodesk Cyprus.

Visit also the official website of the Cyprus Presidency: http://www.cy2012.eu