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Autumn 2012

Eurodesk Awards 2012 

On 27 September 2012, the Eurodesk Awards 2012 for "Champions of European Youth Information" were presented at a ceremony during the annual European Seminar for Eurodesk Multipliers in Brussels. We established these awards in 2011 to celebrate the day-to-day work of our local multipliers, who are helping young people discover and seize the numerous opportunities Europe has to offer. Our jury of experts awarded three local partners, or "multipliers", for their outstanding information and dissemination activities over the past year, while a fourth partner received a special recognition award.

And the champions are...

Information & Dissemination Champion
aha – Tipps & Infos für junge Leute, Dornbirn (Austria)
delivers comprehensive services directly informing and counselling young people on mobility issues. During its ‘Globehopper’ project, aha informed more than 2.700 young people in the region of Vorarlberg – during an information fair, with online advice and direct mobility counselling. The jury appreciated in particular that young people have been empowered to further inform their peers about European opportunities.

Multimedia & Online Activity Champion
The Oficina Municipal de Información Juvenil Ayuntamiento de Jaca (Spain)
and the Rural Youth Facilitators offer a concrete non-formal education opportunity for young people in the rural areas of Aragon to gain skills and competences of online radio journalists. The ‘Vozcasters’ web radio project also enables young people to be the disseminators of local and European news they are concerned with, supported by information professionals and youth workers.

Volunteer Involvement Champion
Izmit Municipality Youth Information and Counselling Centre “Genç-iz”(Turkey)

was awarded for displaying a clear method of involving young volunteers in information dissemination. The project trained already 100 young people to be information multipliers, thus, clearly linking information and participation through volunteering. In the course of the project, those young multipliers go local and voluntarily reach out at universities high schools etc., reaching more and more youngsters with information on European opportunities.
Special Recognition Award
The Centre Europa Jove, Consell Comarcal del Barcelonès (Spain)
was recognised for its specific focus on providing information and counselling for young people in the area of employment and opportunities to gain further skills and competences. The overall information and counselling services are complete and professional and, thus, an example of good practice, also in their way of using online information services (e.g. online job centre and online video advice on European opportunities in the field of training, learning and employment), complementary to ‘classical’ offline information activities.
We thank the award presenters Ms Chiara Gariazzo (Director for Youth and Sport, European Commission), Ms Carmen Paun (European Youth Press) and Peter Matjašič (President European Youth Forum) for their support and all partners and friends who joined in the celebration.
Watch the video of the winning projects and check out the photos from the award ceremony.

Promoting The Structured Dialogue

As a network, we are keen to involve young people in decisions that affect them. Many of our partners work with policy-makers and young people at local, regional and national levels, through the Structured Dialogue in the Youth Field as well as independent projects with local MPs and MEPs. 

 A special section on Structured Dialogue on the European Youth Portal provides access to information on the process, previous consultations and how to get in touch with National Working Groups.

Eurodesk Hungary, for example, participates in the Structured Dialogue (SD) with youth on different levels: Two Eurodesk coordinators are members in the National Working Group and - through the Eurodesk network - Hungarian youngsters are provided with first-hand information on the national and international processes related to the SD. On the website, the SD and regular updates on the outcomes of the ongoing consultations are presented. Via the fortnightly electronic newsletter "Ugródeszka" and the Facebook page, the online questionnaires, focus group discussions and NGO debates related to the national consultations are highlighted, as well as news related to the EU Youth Conferences. Eurodesk Hungary was particularly involved in the focus group discussions addressing the situation of migrant youth in Hungary carried out in the framework of the previous consultation cycle. Seven group discussions with young people and youth NGOs were organised and facilitated by Eurodesk regional coordinators all through the country.

Eurodesk Lithuania is also part of the respective National Working Group on Structured Dialogue and, thus, directly involved in all processes - participating in the meetings, fostering the information dissemination and, mostly, supporting to gather feedback from youngsters in the national consultations. Eurodesk Lithuania created a thematic banner to highlight the consultations on the national portal of Eurodesk. 

As part of the National Steering Group of the Structured Dialogue in Austria, Eurodesk Austria/Bundesnetzwerk Österreichische Jugendinfos contributed to the creation and especially the promotion of an online survey on “Inclusion and Integration of Young People from Migrant Backgrounds” conducted in the framework of the national consultation. A special webpage on the Austrian National Youth Portal invited youngsters to take part in the survey and provided background information on the Structured Dialogue.

Eurodesk Cyprus promotes the Structured Dialogue online and offline by disseminating information and updates through social networks and special publications. Moreover, the Youth Information Centres, as Eurodesk multipliers, organised local consultations in collaboration with the National Working Group. The YIC in K. Polemidia organized a multipliers' training for the Cypriot Presidency in June 2012, where a public consultation on Structured Dialogue was held, as well. In April, the bilingual newsletter was dedicated to the Structured Dialogue. The online promotion of the Structured Dialogue was also endorsed through a dedicated blog designed by the intern of the Larnaka Youth Information Centre, Maria Georgiou. During the European Youth Conference in Nicosia, Eurodesk Cyprus was disseminating updates through social media and gathered testimonials of youth delegates.

In the summer issue of the Polish quarterly “Europe for the Active”, the Structured Dialogue was one of the two leading themes of the European Youth Policy section. The publication of the Foundation for the Development of the Education System, coordinated by the Eurodesk Poland National Office, has a circulation of 6.000 copies. Michał Braun, the Coordinator of the Polish National Working Group for the Structured Dialogue, was invited to write an article on the results of the second round of the Structured Dialogue in Poland. In the article “The Young have their Say” Michał Braun explained the idea of the Structured Dialogue, how the process works and the current and future themes of the consultations. 4.000 Polish youngsters (from 20.000 Europeans in total) participated in that round of consultations, more than in any other country. The main findings of the consultations have been published as well. The article was also published on Eurodesk Poland's website.

Eurodesk Flanders/JINT is a member of the National Working Group for the Structured Dialogue in Flanders. For this third round of the Structured Dialogue cycle, the Flemish youth ambassadors for participation explored their main theme in relation to young people with a migrant background and social inclusion. Therefore they interviewed several experts in this field and collected relevant information during many interviews, discussions in focus groups and a seminar on the topic of diversity in youth work, organized by the Flemish government. Youth ambassadors are a group of young people who are becoming an expert in their field (e.g. participation) through research, critical thinking and exchange. They tackle society’s challenging themes that have an influence on youth and raise their voice in policy matters. Youth ambassadors are the core group in the Structured Dialogue process in Flanders: they prepare input for the Youth Conferences and delegate two of their members to each conference. 

Around us

EU Youth Conference

11 - 13 September 2012, Nicosia (CY)

The third phase of the Structured Dialogue cycle on "Youth Participation in Democratic Life in Europe" was concluded at the EU Youth Conference hosted by the Cyprus Presidency in Nicosia on 11-13 September 2012. Joint Recommendations on how youth participation leads to social inclusion of all young people, with emphasis on the inclusion of young people with migrant background have been adopted at the end of the conference. The recommendations contribute to draft Council Conclusions on the topic, expected to be adopted in November 2012.

Eurodesk participated in the conference, in particular in the working group on the 'Role of Information Provision and Media in Social Inclusion'. In cooperation with the European Youth Forum, European Commission and the Youth Board of Cyprus, we brought information on the Youth Conference and its results to the European Youth Portal (EYP). The main plenary sessions were also webstreamed live on the EYP.

Eurodesk Network News

European Seminar for Eurodesk Multipliers

27 - 28 September 2012, Brussels (B) 

Around 50 representatives from Eurodesk Multipliers around Europe came together on 27 and 28 September in Brussels for the annual European Seminar for Eurodesk Multipliers. Between plenary sessions, group discussions and workshops, our local and regional partners from across Europe had the chance to exchange knowledge and expertise and to be informed about what is going on at European level.
During the first day of the seminar, multipliers got to know more about each other and to discuss the envisaged new European Youth Portal in terms of tailor-made content for the target group and their possible contributions. They also received an update on European developments during a 'European Newsflash' with representatives from the EACEA and the European Commission, DG Employment and Social Affairs and DG Education and Culture. On the second day, participants worked together on common tasks, such as promotional activities for the European Youth Portal, online information activities for young people and Eurodesk’s involvement in European events, such as during the upcoming European Year of Citizens 2013.

Antonino Versace from the Spanish Eurodesk multiplier Ingalicia and Ömer Kaya from the Turkish multiplier Izmit Municipality Youth Information and Counselling Centre - “Genç-iz” were chosen to represent the voice of Eurodesk multipliers at Eurodesk's Autumn Network Meeting in Copenhagen.

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Eurodesk Network Meeting and General Assembly
25 - 28 October 2012, Copenhagen (DK)

On the kind invitation of Eurodesk Denmark, Eurodesk partners will meet from 25 to 28 October 2012 in Copenhagen (Denmark) for the autumn Network Meeting and General Assembly of the Eurodesk association. Main parts of the meeting will be devoted to jointly planning the work in 2013. During the General Assembly, members of the association will elect a new Executive Committee.

Leaving by Leaving II Conference - Joint Conference of European Mobility Networks
5 - 6 December 2012, Uppsala (SE)

Three years have passed since the first joint conference of the mobility networks Eurodesk, Euroguidance, Europass and EURES took place in Uppsal
a, Sweden. Now it is time to reflect upon success factors and good practices in the past and discuss how we can work together for the future. Learning by Leaving II will be a conference in light of Europe 2020 and the "Youth on the Move" flagship initiative, but also in times of the crisis that has forced too many young people into unemployment. We want to reflect on how we can improve cooperation to jointly make a contribution to combatting youth unemployment. The conference is organised by the host organisations of the Swedish Eurodesk, Euroguidance, Europass and EURES. 
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