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Topic of the month
ESN contribution to Youth on the Move
On the 15th of September the Commission published the Youth on the Move initiative. Part of the EU's new Europe 2020 strategy, Youth on the Move proposes 28 key actions aimed at making education and training more relevant to young people's needs and encouraging more of them to take advantage of EU grants to study or train in another country. ESN has prepared an official reaction to the YoM Communication.
Section in the spotlight
ESN VSE PRAGUE: the Buddy System in the Czech Republic!
A new semester, a new Section in the Spotlight. Out of ten applicants ESN VSE Prague convinced the jury the most. They are not only creative and original on the local level, but are also very much involved in the national and international level of ESN, most recently by organizing the CoMeet in Prague. Find the whole story about VSE Prague on the website of ESN
Don't miss your chance and apply for the next Section in the Spotlight! Deadline for the applications is October, 20th. For more information about the project and the application form please visit the Section in the Spotlight website.
Get involved in ESN: REGIONAL PLATFORMS 2010
Central European Platform
Where? Bratislava, Slovakia
When? 21-24 October
Bratislava is going to host the next Central European Platform of ESN! A wonderful city for a wonderful event! Four days of fun, sessions, workshops seasoned with networking opportunities... in the heart of Europe! We will stay in a hostel located in the city center, you'll have the occasion to taste tipycal dishes from Slovakia.
Visit the official CEP Website!
Northern European Platform
Where? Turku, Finland
When? 28-31 October
Can you think of a better way to spend the scariest weekend of the year, than with stimulating plenaries, great scenery, good company and even better parties? We can't and that's why we warmly welcome you to join us to NEP Turku 2010! Come and make this event the most memorable ESN event of the decade!
Visit the official NEP Turku Website!
South-Eastern Regional Platform
Where? Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
When? 4-7 November
S for Smiles, E for Enthusiasm, E for Entertainment, P for Progress. Simply... SEEP! Get to know ESN, Bulgaria and the SEEP countries better! There is lot to be discovered, a lot of lessons to be taught and a lot of new friends to be found! Anything else? Professional Trainings, Networking, ESN spirit and love, a great OC and perfect location... endless and unforgettable parties!
Visit the official SEEP Veliko Tarnovo website!
Western European Platform
Where? Groningen, The Netherlands
When? 18-21 November
The official kick off takes place on Thursday November 18th. The program of the event includes plenary sessions, workshops, cultural activities, comedy, a pub crawl, an international theme party and of course the famous Eurodinner! Included in the participation fee there are 4 nights accommodation, all breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
Visit the official WEP Groningen website!
South-Western European Platform
Where? Padova, Italy
When? 25-29 November
Seat of one of the oldest European universities (1222), Padova is a fun place with an impressive ratio between students (over 60'000). Guided by the prestigious ESN Padova crew (4 International Board Members in the last 5 years!) you will experience 5 days and 4 nights of meetings, fun and culture, including an active workshop in Venice.
Visit the official SWEP Padova website!
YOUth for you
Commission seeks your views on future education and youth programmes
The European Commission has today started a public consultation on EU funding programmes in education, training and youth. Contribute with your opinion or experiences with the current Lifelong Learning Programme, Youth in Action and Erasmus Mundus and take part in the discussion about their future shape from 2014.
Anyone can take part in the online consultations - individuals, associations or organisations – by filling in an online questionnaire before 30th November 2010.
The online consultation can be accessed on the EU website, give your opinion!
Europe besides ESN
Commissioner Vassiliou Congratulates the cities preselected in Spain for the title of "European Capital of Culture 2016"
At its four-day meeting in Madrid, the selection panel appointed to assess the cities applying to be a European Capital of Culture in 2016 in Spain recommended that the following be preselected from a fiercely competitive field: Burgos, Cordoba, Donostia-San Sebastian, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Segovia and Zaragoza.
Once this recommendation has been ratified by Spain, the preselected cities will have to flesh out and complete their applications by the summer of 2011.
Read the complete press release.
- Youth on the Move public debate
Leo Smith and Rania Chantzopoulou attended a public debate with the European Commissioner for Education, Androula Vassiliou at the Breydel building in Brussels on 17th September 2010. In the web debate Mrs Vassiliou, underlined that more mobility for all and in all learning experiences should become the norm and therefore they are launching a "Youth on the Move" initiative in the course of 2010, highlighting the general needs of young people with a particular focus on mobility.
- UNICA Student Conference Declaration, Rome 2010
The UNICA student Conference took place in Rome from the 22-25 September. Marketa Tokova, Veeli Oeselg and Christoph Bachmann were chairing three of the ten sessions that were organised. More than 150 students from all over Europe gathered to talk about Higher Education Issues. The main outcome of this meeting was the so called "Rome Declaration". You can find the first draft on the ESN website.
- CNR Vilnius
From 23rd to 27th September, in Vilnius, the National Representatives of ESN and the International Board had the first CNR meeting of the academic year. The meeting was very fruitful: projects, ideas and the upcoming year strategy were discussed.
- New CNR Administrator
During the CNR meeting in Vilnius, a new figure in the network was created: the first CNR Administrator is Christoph Bachmann! Christoph is the former National Representative of ESN Germany, he's currently part of the Network and Events Committee with the position of Vice-Chair
- Next YFJ Liaison Officers
During the CNR meeting in Vilnius, the next Liaison Officers for the European Youth Forum (YFJ) were elected: Madara Apsalone, Carla Filetti, Lea Benirschke. They will start their mandate on 1st December.
- ESN The Netherlands - 8th to 9th October in Maastricht
- ESN France - 8th to 10th October in Nancy
- ESN Austria - 8th to 10th October in Graz
- ESN Italy - 22nd to 24th October in Benevento
- ESN Spain - 5th to 7th November in Granada
- ESN Alumni Meeting, Dresden
The next ESN Alumni meeting will take place from 7th to 10th October 2010 in Dresden, Germany. Former active members of ESN can meet old (new) friends, get updated about the current developments of ESN and much more. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- NBM Vienna
The National Board Meeting (NBM) will take place from 14th to 17th October 2010 in Wien, Austria. The meeting will be a great occasion for the National Board members to discuss about different topics and problematics. It's a perfect occasion to exchange opinions and share ideas.
- CEP - Bratislava, Slovakia 21st - 24th October
- NEP - Turku, Finland 28th - 31st October
- SEEP - Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria 4th - 8th November
- WEP - Groningen, the Netherlands 18th - 21st November
- SWEP - Padova, Italy 25th - 29th November
- Cheap international calls!
As an ESN member you can now benefit from the cooperation that ESN International and toolani bring to you: get euro 5 free calling credit for international calls from your mobile phone. toolani facilitates your communication with family and friends: all you have to do is to register for a free account and use your ESN student card number as promotion code. Get your account now at www.toolani.com/esn
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