AEGEE-Europe’s Reaction on the YES Europe Programme
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 be voted upon by the European Parliament in 2013.
AEGEE supports the fact that the “YES Europe” proposal – which stands for “Youth, Education, Sport Europe”, a title much more inclusive than “Erasmus For All” – is actually ensuring a separate budget line for youth, therefore stressing the importance of youth funded activities, and is finally mentioning the operational grants, which are needed to ensure the viability of the work of European youth organizations. Moreover, AEGEE acknowledges the fact that an effort has been made in order to modernise and simplify the administrative measures to be used in the programme, making it more youth friendly.
AEGEE which has been, during recents months, advocating in favor of a more youth-focused programme than Erasmus for All was proposing, is relieved to see that the European Parliament has taken into account some of the youth organisations’ requests. On the other hand, AEGEE still wishes for a better inclusion of youth in the management of the programme, and regrets that the participation of youth organisations and civil society in the management of the programme is not taken into consideration.
AEGEE was born 27 years ago with the vision of creating a unified Europe, based on democracy and 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 for the period of 2011-2014 is focused on three main areas: Youth Participation, Bridging Europe and Inclusion of Minorities.
If you would like more information about AEGEE, please contact:
European Institutions and Communications Director of AEGEE-Europe
Phone: +32 2 246 0320
Mobile: +32 487 410 060