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Time To Move 2018
Organised by Eurodesk all over Europe, the “Time to Move” campaign will offer for the fifth consecutive year a collection of hundreds of events about ways to experience Europe. The activities range from information sessions to concerts, online and on-site events that will introduce young people to European opportunities about study, volunteer and work abroad. The site of the campaign includes an interactive map with all the activities. Depending on the event, pre-registration may be needed.
You can also get involved with the t-shirt design contest right here!
EURODESK NEWS all the latest from the Eurodesk network
Eurodesk Executive Committee 2018-2020 Elected!
The Autumn Network Meeting in Riga saw the new Eurodesk Executive Committee elected. Four of the members join the Committee for the first time while Ingrida Jotkaite (Lithuania) becomes the first ever female president! Executive members are: Eva de Luis (UK), Simona Jianu (Romania), Zsofia Bertalan (Hungary) and Claire Conlon (France). All are committed to making the network more dynamic in it's outreach to all young people!
The Eurodesk survey for young people is now live, aiming to create a better understanding of how young people learn about mobility opportunities. It evaluates how they perceive the information landscape today and whether they believe information about opportunities abroad is accessible to them. Young people and young adults between 15 and 35 years old, with and without mobility experience, from Erasmus+ programme countries, Western Balkan and Eastern Partnership Countries, Russian Federation and/or Switzerland are invited to take the survey and get the chance to win nice prices.
The survey is available in different languages and will be open until 25th November 2018.
All EU citizens over the age of 18 have the chance to run the Parliament's Facebook page for a day, and will receive a trip to Strasbourg from December 11th-13th. Simply share a one minute video of a moment where the impact of the EU, or the feeling of being European occurred in your life to the event Facebook page or Instagram.
Students from ELSA/Council of Europe countries can apply in teams of 2-4 to compete in Strasbourg between the 15-19th of April 2019. Prizes include traineeships at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, and at the Council of Europe Liason Office with the European Union in Brussels.
European Solidarity Corps: EU Council adopts regulation
On 27th September 2018, the Council adopted a Regulation on the European Solidarity Corps. This follows an agreement reached with the European Parliament in June. The Regulation establishes a legal framework for young people to volunteer or work in beneficial projects across Europe under the auspices of the European Solidarity Corps (ESC).
The Council and the European Parliament now need to sign the adopted Regulation. On 4th October, the signed text was published in the EU Official Journal and has now entered into force on the day following that of its publication.
EU Budget 2019: MEPs increase funding on youth, migration and research
On September 25th/26th, MEPs voted through a budget totalling €166.3 billion, increasing the Erasmus+ programme by €362 million. MEPs further increased Horizon 2020 by another €65 million and climate-related spending under Horizon 2020, CEF and Heading 2 programmes by another €97.3 million.
The whole Parliament will vote on its position on the Draft Budget 2019 on 24th October. This will kick off three weeks of “conciliation” talks with the Council, with the aim of reaching a deal between the two institutions in time for next year's budget, to be voted on by Parliament and signed by its President at the end of November.
From 10th October until the end of November, participants in the European Youth Event (EYE2018) will present some of the most impactful ideas from the event to a number of Parliament's committees. In a 45-60 minutes hearing three participants will be given the chance to present, receiving instant feedback. The Hearings kick off on 10th October with a committee meeting of Culture and Education (CULT). The Hearings will be streamed live on the European Youth Event Facebook page. The debates can be followed also using hashtag #EYE2018.
On 24th September, European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education organised a public Hearing on Education in the digital era. The Hearing focused on basic digital life skills necessary to meet the challenges of the digital age and on how digital technologies enrich learning in a variety of ways and offer a broad range of learning opportunities. A key component of the hearing was the need for all forms of education and lifelong learning to be adjusted to take advantage of new digital technologies.
Youth and Political Parties
A new study which gives concrete recommendations on what political parties can do to improve their appeal among young people and improve youth turnout in elections conducted by the European Youth Forum. This study can serve as a toolkit for political parties that wish to improve their inclusion of young people, their promotion of youth interests and their campaigning for young people.
World Inequality Database on Education]
The UNESCO World Inequality Database on Education (WIDE) highlights the powerful influence of circumstances such as wealth, gender, ethnicity and location, over which people have little control but which plays an important role in shaping their opportunities for education and life. It draws attention to unacceptable levels of education inequality across countries between groups within countries, with the aim of helping to inform policy design and public debate.
Today, a network of more than 1000 youth professionals work with Eurodesk in 35 countries to raise awareness among young people on learning mobility opportunities and to encourage them to become active citizens. As a support organisation to Erasmus+, Eurodesk makes information on learning mobility comprehensive and accessible to youth professionals.
Eurodesk is funded with support from the European Commission. This newsletter reflects the views of the author (Eurodesk) only, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.