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March 2018
Your monthly source of European youth related information.


Have a chat with the Eurodesk chatbot
on Facebook Messenger

Together with the release of the new website in February, Eurodesk Brussels Link launched another online tool: the new Eurodesk chatbot. This initiative comes within the process of renewing Eurodesk communication tools in order to be at the forefront with new technologies and devices and reach young people more easily and faster.

The Eurodesk chatbot, named EMA (Eurodesk Mobility Advisor) is a virtual Eurodesk officer that can help the user to get information and access Eurodesk services. It is available 24/7. 

If you are looking for information about studying, job or volunteering opportunities, don't hesitate to ask EMA. All you need to do is go on the Eurodesk Facebook page and start the conversation on Messenger.

EMA will guide you through a series of questions in order to be able to give you the information you need. It will send you useful links where you can explore opportunities or deepen your knowledge about anything that you wish to know. The bot also supports hybrid human interaction and connects you to Eurodesk officers so you can ask them your questions. You can then receive their reply directly on the same messenger chat.
Watch the new Eurodesk website launch video

Teaching Careers in Europe: Access, Progression and Support

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Study on the
EU Youth Strategy 

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Open online course
'Essentials of youth policy’ Report

all the latest from the Eurodesk network
Mobility and the Role of Youth Information - Eurodesk Survey 2017!

Eurodesk’s first European-wide research report has been released. The report focuses on the level of access to youth information about mobility opportunities and tracks young people’s preferences in looking for, receiving and engaging with information. The research report investigates preferred channels of interaction and receiving information. It continues with exploring the expectations young people have on the services provided by mobility advisors and actors working with young people. Lastly it concludes with a chapter of further recommendations for European and national stakeholders.

Read the report here »

#Erasmusx10 campaign

Erasmusx10, a joint campaign launched by Eurodesk together with the European Youth Forum and the Lifelong Learning Platform calling for a 10 times budget increase of the Erasmus+ programme in the context of the Multiannual Financial Framework negotiations for 2021-2028. Check out the campaign video here.

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from the Eurodesk Database
15/03/2018 COMPETITION
Lorenzo Natali Media Prize 2018

15/03/2018 INTERNSHIP
Traineeship at the EU Council

15/03/2018 COMPETITION
YO!Fest 2018 Assistance for Underrepresented Groups

18/03/2018 LEARNING
BEST courses for students of technology

18/03/2018 COMPETITION
YO!Fest 2018 Emerging Bands Contest

21/03/2018 GRANTS
Horizon2020: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

22/03/2018 INTERNSHIP
Traineeships at the European Central Bank

22/03/2018 GRANTS
Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) 2014-2020

Yo!Fest 2018: Call for Volunteers

26/03/2018 GRANTS
Seeds for Integration Grants

31/03/2018 INTERNSHIP
Traineeships at the CoR

31/03/2018 INTERNSHIP
Traineeships at the European Ombudsman

31/03/2018 INTERNSHIP
Traineeships at EESC

1/04/2018 GRANTS
European Youth Foundation - Grants for international youth activities

1/04/2018 LEARNING
European Space Camp

6/04/2018 GRANTS
EU Aid Volunteers Initiative: Deployment of EU Aid Volunteers

10/04/2018 GRANTS
Erasmus+KA3:Support for policy reform - Initiatives for policy innovation 

Plural+ Youth Video Festival 2018: call for video entries

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations together with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) invite all young people up to 25 years old to submit videos about Migration, Diversity and Social Inclusion. Award includes an invitation to the PLURAL+ Awards Ceremony in November 2018 in New York!

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Compete for the World Trade Organisation Essay Award!

If you are a young economist up to 30 years old, join the WTO Essay Competition! You can get the chance to win 5,000 swiss francs!

International Essay contest 

Are you a good writer? Join the International Essay contest! You can share your opinion about what you would like to change to live in a better school, workplace, country and world.

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Seeds for Integration

Would you like to build more inclusive schools in your community, region and country? If your answer is yes, you can join the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU) "Seeds for Integration" grants and foster the inclusion of young migrants and refugees into your school community.
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Commission to provide travel opportunities with educational and cultural value for young people 

On 1st March, the European Commission adopted a Financing Decision to implement the European Parliament's proposal for a "Free Interrail pass for Europeans turning 18". It allocated a budget of EUR 12 million in 2018 that will give around 20,000-30,000 young people the possibility to travel abroad. 

The proposal aims at offering young people, regardless of social or educational background and including people with reduced mobility, the possibility to move around Europe and discovery European countries and cultures. This initiative is in line with the EU's goals to promote learning mobility, active citizenship, social inclusion and solidarity of all young people.

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MEPs supported solidarity action by young volunteers

In the framework of a European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education meeting held on 21st February, MEPs supported solidarity action by young volunteers. With the “European Solidarity and Voluntary Service” (ESVS) initiative, 341.5 million Euros will be made available for the years 2018-2020, with 95% financing volunteering and 5% for traineeships and job placements. The ESVS will support young people and non-profit organisations in Europe to undertake different solidarity-related activities in the field of education, health, environment, disaster prevention, reception and integration of migrants and asylum seekers.

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EU long term budget after 2020: European Commission sets out options - and their consequences 

The European Commission has set out different options, and their financial consequences, for a new and modern, long-term EU budget that delivers efficiently on its priorities after 2020. Providing opportunity for 1 in 3 young people to participate in ErasmusPlus would require an investment of €90 billion in the next EU Budget from 2021-2027.
15 - 16 March 2018
European Conference - The European Qualifications Framework: supporting learning, work and cross border mobility

17 - 25 March 2018
European-wide Action Week against Racism

20  March 2018
Horizon 2020 innovation & cultural heritage conference, Brussels, Belgium

21  March 2018
Towards more exchanges for pupils, Brussels, Belgium

22 - 23  March 2018
EU Sport Forum, Sofia, Bulgaria

26 - 30  March 2018
Mobile Learning week, Paris, France

27  March 2018
Turbocharging Erasmus+ Youth in Action, Brussels Belgium

28  March 2018
Roundtable on Roma and Sport, Bucharest, Romania

9 - 12 April 2018
Youth work against violent radicalisation: The role of democratic competences, Utoya, Norway

18 April 2018
Youth Participation in Europe: Diversity, (Mis)recognition, and (In)visibility, Paris, France

20 - 23 April 2018
Conference "International Youth Studies: Curricula, Distance learning course and open educational materials /InYouS", Yerevan, Armenia

26 April 2018
Inclusion and respect is a right - Roundtable on ethnic minority women and football, Berlin, Germany

5 - 12 May 2018
Training course "Self-development - core for professional growth", Rāmava Manor, Latvia

15 - 18 May 2018
Expert Seminar “From good to better”, Lille, France

14 - 15 June 2018
Media & Learning Conference - Video in Higher Education, Leuven, Belgium

Bulgarian EU Council Presidency

Citizens' dialogues


Conclusions of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport (EYCS) Council

On 15th February, ministers responsible for education, culture, youth, media, communication and sport from EU Member States met in Brussels to discuss about the Erasmus+ Programme and future orientations for post-2020. During the debate, ministers highlighted that Erasmus+ is one of the most successful Union programmes and they agreed that it should be made more inclusive and accessible and it should be given adequate funding. 

An EU Initiative to help young people to find a job

Website of the network of apprentices at European level

ILO's report on world employment trends


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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