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March 2017
Your monthly source of European youth related information.

White Paper on the Future of Europe

The European Commission has presented a White Paper on the Future of Europe, which forms the Commission's contribution to the Rome Summit of 25 March 2017. The White Paper sets out the main challenges and opportunities for Europe in the coming decade. It presents five scenarios for how the Union could evolve by 2025 depending on how it chooses to respond. It looks at how Europe will change in the next decade, from the impact of new technologies on society and jobs, to doubts about globalisation, security concerns and the rise of populism. It spells out the choice we face: being swept along by those trends, or embracing them and seizing the new opportunities they bring. 

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Structural Indicators for Monitoring Education and Training Systems in Europe 2016
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Structural indicators for inclusive systems in and around schools

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Migrant Education: Monitoring and Assessment (MAME)

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all the latest from the Eurodesk network
Eurodesk Awards 2017
The Eurodesk Awards was established with the mission to highlight and celebrate the work multipliers carry out for Eurodesk to reach out to young people. The Eurodesk Awards is a great way of bringing innovative and outstanding projects aimed at young people to the fore and share them at European level. In 2017, it will be the 6th time that the Eurodesk Awards is organised. This year's projects will be introduced at the beginning of May, but you can already browse through the 2016 applications via the link below.

Read the 2016 project catalogue »
Eurodesk, ERYICA and EYCA joint survey on marketing of youth work
The three networks launched a joint online survey to identify the exact needs of youth workers and youth information workers regarding PR and communication targeting young people to promote their services. You can participate until 15 March.
Take part in the survey »
from the Eurodesk Database
 09/03/2017 COMPETITIONS 
Young Leaders Programme
 10/03/2017 COMPETITIONS 
Lorenzo Natali Media Prize 2017
 12/03/2017 COMPETITIONS 
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Prizes
 12/03/2017 TRAININGS 
JM Jazz World Orchestra 2017
 14/03/2017 GRANTS 
Erasmus+ KA3: Support for policy reform - Forward-Looking Cooperation Projects 2017
 17/03/2017 COMPETITIONS 
International Children’s Peace Prize 2017
 17/03/2017 GRANTS 
EaSI - European Solidarity Corps - Occupational strand
 19/03/2017 GRANTS 
Young European of the Year Award - Travel Grants
 20/03/2017 INTERNSHIPS 
Traineeship at the Joint Research Centre 
 21/03/2017 INTERNSHIPS 
Traineeship at the Joint Research Centre
 21/03/2017 SCHOLARSHIPS 
Travel Writing Scholarships 2017
 22/03/2017 INTERNSHIPS 
Traineeship at the Joint Research Centre
 23/03/2017 TRAININGS 
EU-Japan Training programmes 
 27/03/2017 INTERNSHIPS 
Traineeship at the Joint Research Centre
 29/03/2017 GRANTS 
Pilot Project on long-term mobility for apprentices
 31/03/2017 INTERNSHIPS 
Traineeships at the Committee of the Regions
 31/03/2017 INTERNSHIPS 
Traineeships at the Economic and Social Committee
01/04/2017 TRAININGS 
Traineeship at the Council of the European Union
01/04/2017 GRANTS 
European Youth Foundation - Grants for international youth activities
Action Plan for Youth Work and Youth Policy

How to promote the Europe integration of the Western Balkans region? To answer that, the European Western Balkans Youth Meeting, held in Ljubljana, has proposed an Action Plan for Youth Work and Youth Policy. Fifty-five youth workers, policy makers and stakeholders from relevant organisations met in Ljubljana in September 2016 in the "Connecting Youth Work and Youth Policy" Europe-Western Balkans Youth Meeting to assure that youth work has a say in the development of youth policy.

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ERASMUS+ 30 Years Story Competition

Have you participated in an Erasmus+ programme? Then share your story and win a travel voucher! On the 30th Anniversary of Erasmus+, the European Comission is inviting you to tell the + of your Erasmus+.

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European Social Innovation Competition 2017 

Do you have an idea to make the most of technologies to close the gap in society? This competition aims to make technological change and digital transformation more inclusive.
'Reboot' equality by inspiring fresh and energetic approaches to digital inclusion, connectivity and skills development. That's the goal of the European Social Innovation Competition that will support inspiring ideas from people all around Europe who believe in building a truly inclusive economy.

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Take part in a video workshop in Brussels

Do you want to learn video production from professionals? To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Erasmus+, the European Commission is giving young people the opportunity to meet professional film makers and learn about script writing, filming and post-production.

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Public Consultation on the Mid-Term Evaluation of the Erasmus+ Programme  

The consultation aims to gather comments and perspectives from various stakeholders and the general public on the relevance of the Erasmus+ programme's objectives, the effectiveness of the measures taken to achieve them and the efficiency of their implementation.  The consultation also covers the Erasmus+ predecessor's programmes (e.g. Lifelong Learning, Youth in Action, Erasmus Mundus, etc.) and contains forward looking questions regarding a possible successor programme to Erasmus+ in 2020. It will be open until 31st May 2017.

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Key Competences for Lifelong Learning

Launched by the European Commission, the review aims at determining which skills and competences young people need to acquire to succeed in the job market and in life, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship education. The review was announced in the Commission's New Skills Agenda for Europe adopted in June 2016. The goal is to develop a shared understanding of key competences needed and to further foster their introduction in education and training curricula. The consultation is available until 19th May 2017. 

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ESN Survey 2017

Launched by the Erasmus Student Network, this year's survey focuses on homecoming exchange students with disabilities and students with disabilities without any mobility experience. The survey aims to explore the challenges and enablers of international exchange programmes for students with disabilities across Europe. Deaf participants are invited to submit answers to open questions as videos in IS (maximum 10min long). The survey will be open until 15th March 2017. It takes about 25 minutes to fill it in. It will be open until 15th March 2017.

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 8-9 March 2017 
EU Sport Forum 2017, St. Julian's, Malta 

 13 March 2017 
60 years of European Community - Let's shape the future! Rome, Italy

 18-26 March 2017 
European-wide Action Week Against Racism  

 20-23 March 2017 
European Youth Conference, Qawra, Malta 

 20-24 March 2017 
Mobile Learning Week, Paris, France  

 21 March 2017 
European Consumer Day, St Julian's, Malta 

 23-24 March 2017 
Jean Monnet seminar The future of Europe: a commitment for You(th), Rome, Italy
 27-31 March 2017 
Entrepreneurship School, Madrid, Spain 
 6-7 April 2017 
European University-Business Forum, Brussels, Belgium   

 9-11 April 2017 
Seminar on Antisemitic Hate Speech, Strasbourg, France  

 10-12 May 2017 
Living Library Forum, Budapest, Hungary 

 April-May 2017 
Salto-Youth: Training Calendar 

EURES Job Fairs 

Maltese EU Council Presidency

Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council Conclusions 

The Education, Youth, Culture and Sport (EYCS) Council of 17th February 2017 adopted Conclusions on investing in Europe's youth, focusing on the European Solidarity Corps.
The Conclusions provide a political response to the Commission's December Youth initiative which proposed a package of measures aimed at improving young people's skills and opportunities in order to tackle youth unemployment and increase youth participation and learning mobility. 

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Online Tool for Quality Standards in Youth Policy 

European Toolkit for Schools Promoting inclusive education and tackling early school leaving 

Good Practice Compendium

Foreign language learning 
Euro area unemployment rate


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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.

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