An active month for Stakeholders on Policy and Advocacy
As every year has its' priorities and demands, so 2017 is also a very demanding and busy year related to processes and to getting stakeholders involved, specially in relation to EU and Council of Europe. Only in March, there were several meetings and hearing that YEU once more was actively included and represented interests and views of our Member Organisations and young people.
Take a look below a brief presentation on the participation of YEU in ongoing processes and consultations.
- Focus Group on “Ensuring better links between funding sources for youth” (2nd of March 2017):
Tamara Gojkovic, Secretary General of YEU, was present during the Focus Group organized by European Commision - DG EAC, in order to work and discuss further on two main topics. The topics were "Ensuring better the links between the EU Youth Strategy and the E+ programmes" and "Combining funding sources for youth at EU, national and local levels in a strategic way. These topics were address by participants who were separated into 3 working groups. At the end, a discussion took place and reached to setting Key points that emerged from the work within the groups. These points will be fully presented and addressed in the upcoming Stakeholders Meeting during European Youth Week.
- European Youth Foundation (EYF) Info Session (14th of March 2017):
Giulia Annibaletti, project manager of YEU Administrative Office, got the chance to take place in the info date related to EYF. The session included the presentation on funding opportunities by the Foundation. That included the overall budget, best practices when applying for a WorkPlan, basic principles and priorities for 2018-2019.
The EYF “Basic Principles” are
- Being a partner (from being a donor to being a partner) of EYF means:
As set by EYF the Priorities for 2018-2019 are:
- ACCESS TO RIGHTS
-YOUTH PARTICIPATION AND YOUTH WORK
-INCLUSIVE AND PEACEFUL SOCIETIES
- Lifelong Learning Platform (LLP) Interest Groups (21st of March 2017):
Panagiotis Chatzimichail, Policy Officer of YYEU Administrative Office, got to represent YEU in the meeting of two working groups implemented by the Lifelong Learning Platform.
The first meeting under the interest group on principles of inclusiveness for improved and modernized education took place in the morning, at the European Parliement. Several Organization were present to discuss the topic, but at the same time also to get to know ongoing project by other LLLP members. The discussion was based on the presentation of facts and figures given by a representative of the Permanent Representation of Malta in EU and of the ongoing Maltese Presidency of the EU, a representative by the European Commission - DG EAC. As mentioned, members of the LLLP got to present their ongoing projects. Namely, besides the on spot sharing, OBESSU with Seeds of Integration and EAEA with OED project.
The second meeting under the Working Group on Key Competences. During the meeting information was shared related to the ongoing evaluation of the European Framework of Key Competences. Present organizations shared ideas on how to support the process, but also got to share with the Platform concerns that should be shared with Institutions related to the process. Related to the process, there is an ongoing Consultation taking place till the 19th of May.
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- European Youth Conference - EYC in Malta (20th to 23rd of March 2017):
Klaudia Zebrowska, as member of the YEU Pool of Representatives and responsible for Structure Dialogue process, was once more representing YEU during the European Youth Conference taking Place in Malta. This EU Youth Conference was implemented as the closing of the 5th (V) Cycle of the Structure Dialogue. This was the 3rd EYC, within the 5th cycle and part of the current trio Presidency (The Netherlands, Slovakia, Malta) which focused on the common theme “Enabling all young people to engage in a diverse, connected and inclusive Europe: Ready for Life, Ready for Society”.
The Conference concluded with an implementation action plan to be used by member states. Parallel, this action plan will be presented to the Council of Ministers for Youth as the final result of an 18-month policy making process. A process that took into account the suggestions made by more than 65,000 young Europeans who took part in the process known as the Structured Dialogue.
- European Solidarity Corps(ESC) and European Voluntary Service (EVS): Complementing or Competing? (23th of March 2017):
Panagiotis Chatzimichail, Policy Officer of YEU Administrative Office, was present at the breakfast discussion between MEPs, stakeholders and representatives of the European Commission(EC) which took place at the European Parliament. By the end of the opening remarks by MEPs Ms Zitnanska and Ms Sojdrova, but also the remark of the representative of EC DG EAC Ms Eriksson Waterschoot, present stakeholders presented their concerns related to the ESC and the possibility of replacing EVS or affecting the existing funds by other projects. Within the discussion, EC representative assured the Stakeholders for the process and that there is the need of "fresh money", as European Parliament also highlights. Overall, the stakeholders got to share a lot of ideas and highlighted the support that Civil Society can offer to foster a better implementation of the project. When it comes to the ESC, it is launched officially and the legal framework of the program is expected at the end of the year.
When it comes to ESC, the Policy Officer of the Office and the Treasurer of the Governing Board are present and following the ongoing process.
- Social Inclusion Call (27th of March 2017):
Giulia Annibaletti, project manager of YEU Administrative Office, was present during the Info day on Call for Funding by Erasmus+ KA3 - Social Inclusion. During the meeting there was an analyzed presentation of the process related to the call. As planned the presentation tackled information on Budget, consortium, duration, policy background, general objectives, key feautures and expected results.
At the same time, the meeting included necessary elements to be tackled during an application, but also addressed questions of participants and had a moment for sharing the knowledge and experiences gained by other Organizations and their projects which were funded by KA3. One of those was Color Glasses coordinated by EEE-YFU and that YEU is also participating.
- Erasmus+ coalition - 3rd Meeting (31st of March 2017):
As part of the Erasmus+ Coalition, YFJ with LLLP got to held the 3rd meeting at MundoJ that offered the chance to members to get further informed and discuss the evaluation of the Erasmus+ program. During the meeting, there was a brief presentation on the current situation and also a presentation on the process of evaluation by DG EAC- Evaluation manager Mr Sebastien Combeaud. Participants got to comment on the process, but also share some good ideas that could make the program better and assist the process that Commission is currently implementing. The coalition will keep working closely in order to reach the best outcomes for the new program which is expected after the current Erasmus+ finishes in 2018.
Stay tuned for more updates for our participation and follow up of ongoing processes.