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Policy Paper on Migration

AEGEE-Europe Policy Paper on Migration Adopted in Spring Agora Bergamo, May 2016 01 | SUMMARY AEGEE (Association des Etats Généraux des Etudiants de l’Europe / European Students’ Forum) was created under a vision of a borderless, unified Europe, based on democracy and respect for human rights, by bringing together students with different cultural backgrounds. Today, AEGEE is Europe’s largest interdisciplinary youth organization present in 200 cities in 40 countries and with 13.000 friends. As stated in its Statement of Principles, the members of AEGEE “come together under a common vision of a democratic, diverse and borderless Europe” where “freedom and [...]

Policy Paper on Migration2017-06-20T08:55:30+00:00

Education and Youth are not a ‘small thing’

Today the European Commission’s president-elect Jean-Claude Juncker announced his “winning team”, a commission in which portfolios are given “to people, not to countries”. AEGEE / European Students’ Forum sees some good developments in the attention given to Citizenship, Mobility and Employment, but has concerns about Education being overshadowed,the total absence of mentioning Non-Formal Education for skills development and employment and the gender composition of the team. Education portfolio still pressured As a stakeholder in the fields of Youth, Students and Education, AEGEE-Europe welcomes the establishment of the portfolio on Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship; particularly after the previous information published [...]

Education and Youth are not a ‘small thing’2015-08-03T10:24:17+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

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

NGOs should be further involved on the implementation of the Youth Guarantee

Last week, AEGEE attended the conference “Youth Guarantee: Making It Happen” organised by the European Commission in Brussels. Both Miguel Gallardo (member of the board of AEGEE-Europe) and Mathieu Savary (from the Youth (un)Employment project) participated in the conference, and also on the preparatory meeting “Youth Employment: what next?” organised by the European Youth Forum and the Youth Intergroup of the European Parliament the day before. The conference consisted in a series or panels with key note speakers from the different stakeholders involved on the implementation of the Youth Guarantee: member states and its employment services, regional and local governments, [...]

NGOs should be further involved on the implementation of the Youth Guarantee2014-04-17T17:25:18+00:00

AEGEE-Europe celebrates visa-free travel for Moldovan citizens

Promotion of youth mobility and related programs plays a significant role in the current policy of AEGEE-Europe / European Students’ Forum. The decision of the Council of the European Union on April 3rd, granting Moldova with a visa-free travel regime, brought on the hope that further developments in this sphere are to come shortly for other members of the Eastern Partnership program of the European Union. Throughout its activities, AEGEE-Europe has always proved that Europe can be a border-less territory where democracy, respect for human rights and freedom are treated on equal terms. In regards to the decision made by [...]

AEGEE-Europe celebrates visa-free travel for Moldovan citizens2014-04-11T10:25:26+00:00

EU Energy targets for 2030. On the way to 2050?

The European Union strives for less than 2 degrees temperature rise this century in comparison with the pre-industrial times. In order to reach this goal, scientists have calculated that the carbon emission should be reduced by 80% in 2050 (1). There are different ways in which this reduction could be reached: achieve a higher energy efficiency, increase the use of renewable energy, and reduce the share of polluting energy sources are ways to decrease the greenhouse gasses emissions. Every ten years, the European Commission proposes new mid-term energy targets. The current energy targets are set for 2020, and the first [...]

EU Energy targets for 2030. On the way to 2050?2014-04-01T10:50:55+00:00

AEGEE demands more equality in the procedures of EP elections

Being actively involved in raising awareness of the upcoming European elections and trying to increase young voters’ turnout, we have identified a number of impediments that under certain circumstances limit citizens’ opportunities to participate in the elections. In a previous article, AEGEE put forward a debate about inequalities that exist in the EU Member States regarding the minimum age to be eligible to vote and to stand as a candidate. This time we address the issue of the different national rules that determine the right of citizens to cast their votes when residing or traveling abroad on the day of [...]

AEGEE demands more equality in the procedures of EP elections2014-02-28T11:18:43+00:00

Mc Kinsey report highlights some of the problems behind youth unemployment

“In Europe, 74 percent of education providers were confident that their graduates were prepared for work, but only 38 percent of youth and 35 percent of employers agreed” states the Mc Kinsey report, which was released Mid-January 2014. This statement, based on a meticulous research carried out toward 5,300 youth, 2,600 employers, and 700 post-secondary education providers across 8 countries, brings to light the difference of perspectives and the lack of clear understanding among Education providers on the reality of the situation for young people willing to enter the job market. This research reminds us that apart from the lack of [...]

Mc Kinsey report highlights some of the problems behind youth unemployment2014-02-26T16:43:12+00:00