Opinion / Position

AEGEE’s Eastern Partnership Project: a Vision for Europe

The countries on the European continent have been through a lot – war, economic crisis, ideological conflict, social tension – to name just a few. Several problems that appeared to be insurmountable have been overcome, but many others still persist. What is the answer to these issues? Or maybe it’s better to ask – who? If Europe is still under construction, as many people say, then who are Europe’s construction workers? We like to perceive ourselves as precisely that. Our vision for Europe is an inclusive one, with equality and mutual respect for all. This also means that we don’t [...]

AEGEE’s Eastern Partnership Project: a Vision for Europe2012-12-07T14:55:05+00:00

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 [...]

AEGEE-Europe’s Reaction on the YES Europe Programme2012-11-29T17:38:38+00:00

I love you(th) but I don’t say it!

We are now more than used to hearing politicians and representatives claiming high and clear that youth should be a priority. The alarming figures are not so much of a surprise anymore: the youth unemployment rate in Europe is more than 22,6%, there has been a drastic drop in the interest of young people for the democratic processes, still only 30% young Europeans end up with a University degree... Young people are our future and they do deserve support and attention. Unfortunately, despite the good intentions, we cannot help but notice that the European Union’s budget allocated to youth is [...]

I love you(th) but I don’t say it!2012-10-19T16:14:48+00:00

Three steps back for LGBT rights in Europe

The first week of October has seen a succession of worrying news for LGBT rights in Europe. AEGEE is very much concerned about the rights of LGBT people, because it is often youth who is the target of this violation of rights, it is students who are bullied at schools and universities, it is young gay people who are facing rejection when looking for a job. We want to show our concern for these violations, and we demand the European Institutions to take a more active role in spreading our values of tolerance and respect for diversity inside the EU [...]

Three steps back for LGBT rights in Europe2012-10-09T22:44:50+00:00

The future of Erasmus at a stake? AEGEE will not let mobility programmes down!

October started with a worrying statement from the Chair of the Committee on Budgets of the European Parliament, Mr. Alain Lamassoure: "We have not foreseen in the 2012 budget enough credit payments ... so the cohesion funds are at risk, also the European Social Fund, the Erasmus and life-long learning programmes, and even the research and innovation programmes”. [1] These words, coming from inside the European Parliament’s Committee on Budgets, shocked the European society, and especially the students. Surprisingly, what called the attention of the media was mostly the mentioning of the Erasmus Programme, making it seem like the lack [...]

The future of Erasmus at a stake? AEGEE will not let mobility programmes down!2012-10-08T14:02:06+00:00