Seminar in Finland 21-24 November

Apply now to the seminar “Youth rights: education, employment, and participation – northern and southern perspectives on inclusive democracy” in Helsinki, Finland in 21–24 November 2013!

Young people are facing significant obstacles in their lives in the current post-crisis climate of the European Union: youth unemployment is alarmingly high in some countries and rising in others. The number of youths not in education, employment, or training is growing. What is more, the prospects of youths in struggling parts of Europe seem to be diverging from those of youths in countries that have managed to avoid the worst crises. Are youths becoming a lost generation? What can we do to avoid that becoming reality? What about youth rights?

The four-day seminar is organised by JEF-Finland together with 11 partner organisations from six countries. During the seminar, we will explore tools of active participation in civil society and politics as a means for youths to tackle problems, to develop a well-functioning democracy, and to simultaneously integrate themselves in society. As part of the intensive seminar, you will also gain information on the coming European parliamentary elections in May 2014 and take part in developing methods to address issues that concern and interest you in the coming elections. You also get the chance to meet young Europeans from across Europe and experience Finland
in late November – so apply now!

We will cover accommodation and full board during the seminar, i.e. from Thursday night to Sunday afternoon. 70 % of travelling costs will be reimbursed after the seminar based on original tickets. Participation fee is 50 euros and will be paid by bank/giro
transfer before the seminar.

The seminar is open for members of partner organisations. Please note that the participants will be selected on the basis of first-come, first-served, so make sure to apply fast!

Please, apply here!

Note: The deadline for applications is 31 October 2013. Please book your tickets only after receiving a letter of confirmation from the organisers.

Novedad editorial «Europa: tradición o proyecto»

Abada Editores acaba de publicar el libro «Europa: tradición o proyecto», editado por Diego S. Garrocho y Valerio Rocco. Este libro reúne textos compuestos por doce jóvenes europeos de distintas nacionalidades, desde una perspectiva eminentemente filosófico-política. El libro también añade la voz de la experiencia de la pluma del prólogo de Javier Solana y una introducción de Félix Duque.

El libro nace de la constatación de que el proyecto –¿o acaso fue promesa?– de Europa muestra síntomas de un agotamiento tan inesperado como indeseable de los ideales comunes de la identidad que lo impulsaron desde su comienzo. Dichos ideales, que cimentaron la Unión, parecen desvanecerse en el cruel escenario de una crisis que los autores consideran que no se puede circunscribir al ámbito estrictamente económico. Ante este desafío, en este libro se presenta una respuesta colectiva y plural en la que toman la palabra distintas disciplinas reunidas en torno a una hipótesis decididamente filosófica.

Diego S. Garrocho es profesor de Ética en la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Valerio Rocco es profesor de Historia de la Filosofía Moderna, coordinador del máster Filosofía de la historia: democracia y orden mundial en la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid y miembro de nuestra asociación, de la sección de Madrid.

En el siguiente enlace tenéis acceso a la compra del libro.

Hands off my Erasmus!

INVITATION SPINELLI GROUP-JEF DEBATE
16.10.2013 18:30 > European Parliament Brussels PSH3C50
«Hands off my Erasmus!»

  • Pauline Gessant, President of JEF-Europe
  • Simona Pronckute, ICE “Fraternité 2020”
  • Sylvie Goulard, Spinelli MEP
  • Giuseppe Porcaro, Secretary-General of the European Youth Forum
  • Welcome speech by Guy Verhofstadt

Over the past twenty-five years, about three million studentshave benefited from Erasmus grants and the programme is undoubtedly one of the major successes of the European Union. It fosters not only learning and understanding of the host country, but also a sense of belonging among students from different EU countries. Erasmus is a very important step towards the construction of a genuine European civil society.

Today the Erasmus programme, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, is affected by a lack of resources; while the number of young people participating in the programme increases year after year.

At a time when European integration is threatened by the rise of populism, it is more necessary than ever to foster active European citizenship and a European identity amongst young citizens.
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