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April 2017
Your monthly source of European youth related information.

Take part in Eurodesk survey on youth information! 

As one of the main providers of European youth information, Eurodesk believes that youth mobility strongly contributes to broaden one’s horizons, improves employability, stimulates creativity and learning, and develops competences that allow people to positively interact in an intercultural society. Receiving the right information at the right moment is key in taking part in a European mobility. Did you already take part in a mobility experience? What triggered your decision? Where did you learn about such opportunity? What information do you need? Respond and help us improve our services!

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European Solidarity Corps: How to take part as an organisation

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Growing Digital Citizens: developing active citizenship through eTwinnig

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2017 Report on equality between women and men in the EU

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all the latest from the Eurodesk network
Eurodesk Network Meeting in Essen
About 60 participants from 30 countries gathered at this meeting from 16-19 March in Essen, Germany, where an Extra-ordinary General Assembly of the Eurodesk AISBL was held. Participants took part in 6 workshops and 3 trainings sessions with the aim of sharing best practices and improving youth information.
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Reaching more young people
As part of their joint project “Reach More Young People: Promotion of Youth Work and Youth Information Services”, Eurodesk, Eyca and Eryica run an online survey from 1st February to 15th March. Based on the outcomes, a training seminar took place from 5-7 April in Brussels. It sought to provide youth information workers the tools and skills needed to succeed in reaching as many young people as possible, and especially those that need it the most. An ePublication will be released soon to showcase best practices in the field. This event took place in the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding between the three networks and follows the adoption of a joint position paper on the EU Youth Strategy "Engage. Inform. Empower". 
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from the Eurodesk Database
 14/04/2017 GRANT 
International Fund for Cultural Diversity

 15/04/2017 COMPETITION 
ERASMUS+ 30 Years Story Competition
 15/04/2017 SCHOLARSHIP 
Bogliasco Fellowships Programme 
 18/04/2017 TRAININGS 
Traineeship at the Joint Research Centre 
 20/04/2017 TRAININGS 
Traineeship at the Joint Research Centre 
 25/04/2017 TRAININGS 
Traineeship at the Joint Research Centre 
 26/04/2017 TRAININGS 
Traineeship at the Joint Research Centre 
 26/04/2017 GRANTS 
Erasmus+ Key Action 1- Mobility project for young people - Youth Exchanges
 26/04/2017 GRANTS 
Erasmus+ Key Action 1- Mobility project for young people - European Voluntary Service
 26/04/2017 GRANTS 
Erasmus+ Key Action 1- Mobility project for Youth workers
 26/04/2017 GRANTS
Erasmus+ Key Action 3 - Structured Dialogue: meetings between young people and decision-makers in the field of youth
 28/04/2017 TRAININGS
AEGEE Summer University
 30/04/2017 TRAININGS
Traineeships at the European Ombudsman
 30/04/2017 TRAININGS
Traineeships at the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe
 30/04/2017 TRAININGS
Traineeship at the Court of Justice
 1/05/2017 SCHOLARSHIPS 
OSCE Parliamentary Assembly International Secretariat Research Fellowship

Position Paper of Eurodesk on the European Solidarity Corps
Eurodesk welcomes the visibility and political recognition given to young people’s engagement for solidarity by giving them a chance to make a change through a new mobility programme. Eurodesk calls the EU to design an inclusive programme, alongside Erasmus+, by making sure all young people can enjoy quality placements and are informed about the opportunities offered.
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The journey from being a refugee to a volunteer in Brussels

Tandem Project is an initiative that matches NGOs with refugees and asylum seekers that want to do a 2 weeks-voluntary service in Brussels. The aim of this initiative, launched 20 June 2016 on the World Refugee Day  is to help the refugees and asylum seekers start a new live in Brussels.

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CoE call for youth representatives on the Council of Youth

Representatives of non-governmental youth organisations or networks not members of the European Youth Forum are invited to apply for a seat on the Advisory Council on Youth for a two-year mandate 2018-2019.

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Digital Dashboard: policy makers' tool to listen to young people 

Do you feel your views are not being heard by policy makers? DEEP-Linking Youth has developed a social media monitoring platform to connect EU policy makers with the challenges faced by young Europeans. The Digital Dashboard is a monitoring platform that collects public comments and posts in Twitter, blogs and in public groups of Facebook using keywords. This tool, launched on the 22 March of 2017, will be tested in the theme of youth learning mobility.

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Your first Eures Job

Your first EURES job is a European Union job mobility scheme to help young people find work across the EU.  It can give you information and help you search and apply for a job in another EU country. 

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Move2Learn, Learn2Move 

The European Commission has launched an initiative under the Erasmus+ programme which further supports learning and mobility of young Europeans. Called "Move2Learn, Learn2Move", it will enable at least 5,000 young citizens to travel to another EU country in a sustainable manner – individually or together with their school class. The one-off initiative, which is linked to the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus programme, is consistent with two central priorities of the Commission: to put a renewed focus on Europe's youth, and to facilitate EU citizens' mobility, particularly low emission mobility.

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Current status of Erasmus+ programme in the UK 

In the context of Brexit, the National Agency for Erasmus+ in the UK, a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK, published a statement underlining their full commitment to the Erasmus+programme and its benefits. Successful Erasmus+ applicants in 2017 will be awarded funding for the full duration of their projects, and all beneficiaries should continue their projects with their partners as usual through to completion. The UK will continue to be a full member of the EU until the point it leaves. The European Commission has confirmed that, during negotiations under Article 50, European Union treaties and law will continue to apply to the UK, and this applies to projects financed through Erasmus+.

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Pilot project to boost digital skills through internships 

The European Commission had announced plans for a pilot project to provide working experience in the digital field for 5,000-6,000 graduate students in 2018-2020. The paid 4-5 months internships will be available for students of all disciplines.

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EU Solidarity Corps no to be funded with Erasmus+ budget, urge culture MEPs 

According to a Resolution, voted by the European Parliament Culture and Education Committee, the new European Solidarity Corps deserves its own budget,and it should not be funded at the expense of the Erasmus+ or Europe for Citizens programmes.The Resolution also calls for a clear distinction between volunteering activities and job placements, to ensure that no participating organisation uses young people as unpaid volunteers when potential quality jobs are available.

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12 April 2017 
European Solidarity Corps Stakeholder Forum, Brussels, Belgium

24 April 2017 
Annual Convention for Inclusive Growth, Brussels, Belgium

 25 April 2017 
Info day - Erasmus+KA3: Support for policy reform-Social inclusion, Brussels, Belgium

1-7 May 2017 
European Youth Week, Europe. 

 8-12 May 2017 
Entrepreneurship School, Lisbon, Portugal

 15-19 May 2017 
Study session “You(th) and Migration: Transforming the crisis”, Strasbourg, France

 27-28 May 2017 
The World Village Festival, Helsinki, Finland

 18-23 June 2017 
Conference on the Future of Citizenship and Human Rights Education in Europe, Strasbourg, France

 22-23 June 2017 
3rd Eastern Partnership Youth Forum, Warsaw, Poland

 3-5 July 2017 
EDULEARN, the 9th Annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, Barcelona, Spain

 25-28 October 2017 
Nantes Creative Generations Youth Initiatives Forum, Nantes, France

EURES Job Fairs 

Maltese EU Council Presidency

Salto-Youth: Training Calendar

Maltese Presidency Youth Conference Conclusions 

From 20th to 23rd March 2017 over 200 young people and policy makers from across Europe gathered in Qawra, Malta, to discuss youth policy and agreed on an implementation action plan to develop policies enabling young people to engage in an inclusive Europe. The outcome of the conference in Malta is a set of concrete recommendations as well as an implementation toolkit, which lays out how to achieve full youth political participation. These include:
organise youth festivals for European engagements at local and national levels, include a chapter on Youth Work and Youth Spaces in the Youth report of the European Commission, have life-skills classes in school curricula and develop mental health first aid kits.

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Joint Employement Report 2017


Today, a network of more than 1000 youth professionals work with Eurodesk in 34 countries to raise awareness among young people on learning mobility opportunities and to encourage them to become active citizensAs a support organisation to Erasmus+, Eurodesk makes information on learning mobility comprehensive and accessible to youth professionals.
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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