We strive to inform people in Europe, especially the youth, in order to equip them with the needed knowledge and to encourage them to be engaged in the democratic process in the future. We are therefore motivated to increase the participation and youth engagement in Europe and want to increase our understanding of the EU, tackle mistrust and apathy amongst the citizens through peer-to-peer education.

Blog


New year, new presidency, new trio

From 1st of January on Romania took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU from Austria, who chaired meetings at every level in the Council, helping to ensure the continuity of the EU’s work in the Council for the last 6 months. Member states holding the presidency work together closely in groups of three, called ‘trios’. The new trio starting now includes next to Romania the presidencies of the EU member countries Finland and Croatia. Together, they set long-term goals and prepare a common agenda determining the topics and major issues that will be addressed by the Council over an 18 month period. On the basis of this programme, each of the three countries prepares its own more detailed 6-month programme. Let’s have a look at what the new trio’s plans for the next 18 months are.

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Recommendations on Education & Training

Education and training in Europe have long been a matter for discussion. Even though the nations have various systems in place, there are common strands that they all follow. In this continuously changing world the education systems are taking too long to change and adapt to the skills and knowledge required by both students and teachers. Only a few existing programmes are well known and they need to be significantly improved. We would like to see the European Union supporting its member states in preparing their educational systems for a future world that will rely on educators and those pupils to be prepared.

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Recommendations on Creativity & Culture

While creativity enriches our lives, culture builds the basis of a society. Through cultural exchanges, citizens get to know each other better in Europe. As youth we are concerned about the status of creativity and culture in political decisions, especially when young people are affected. We see the need for a better cultural education and to make culture more accessible and interesting for young people. For young professionals in the cultural and creative sector it is really hard to establish trust in their abilities and to build up a career, due to a lack of support and appreciation by societies for people trying to make a living in the field. Further, we see a lack of media cooperation to present the different cultures in Europe, which would help to create dialogues and foster European integration through mutual understanding in the long run.

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Recommendations on Employment & Entrepreneurship

Youth Employment rates differ greatly among the EU countries. As members of AEGEE we are concerned about the future of young people regarding their employment. Young people are living in a fast changing world which influences their employability, not only affecting individuals but also society and Europe as a whole. In a changing world, 21st century skills and entrepreneurship will become more and more important. Existing initiatives and programs which aim to promote and increase employment and entrepreneurship are not very well-known. We see the need of the EU to take action to further promote employment and entrepreneurship and to prepare young people for their future in the labour market or as an entrepreneur.

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Events


Y Vote Convention on Participation in Civil Society

Düsseldorf, Germany

06/02/2019

Y Vote Convention on Social Inclusion

Tartu, Estonia

21/02/2019

Y Vote Convention on Youth & The World

Utrecht, Netherlands

06/03/2019