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April 2018
Your monthly source of European youth related information.

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The European Commission has commissioned a survey to review the outreach of EU networks such as Eurodesk. The aim is to produce a report based on data collection through users' surveys, since the perception and opinion of European citizens on the visibility, accessibility and functioning of European Union outreach networks is extremely important for a complete and comprehensive assessment.

The report will identify the potential areas of cooperation and possible synergies that could arise between the networks and will present recommendations for strengthening their collective communication and outreach impact. The survey is completely anonymous and it requires only 15 minutes to complete. It's available in English, Danish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Romanian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish


Eurodesk Competence Framework

Eurodesk has recently adopted a “Competence Framework of Eurodesk Mobility Advisors” that provides a common framework about the key competences involved in the ‘core business’ of Eurodesk – that is, providing information about mobility opportunities to young people all over Europe.
The Competence Framework aims at supporting the Eurodesk training and development plan and the comprehensive quality of the network. Furthermore it aims at giving greater visibility and recognition to the work of Eurodesk youth information workers. The Competence Framework is flexible enough to be used in diverse national Eurodesk realities.

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Watch the new Eurodesk website launch video

The Resilience of Students with an Immigrant Background - Factors that Shape Well-Being

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Shadow Report on the Mid-Term Evaluation of the Erasmus+ Youth Chapter

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T-Kit 4 - Intercultural Learning
2nd edition - 2018
all the latest from the Eurodesk network
'Erasmusx10' campaign at 'Your Europe, Your Say!' 2018 
On 15th and 16th March 2018, Eurodesk Brussels Link participated to “Your Europe, Your Say!” 2018, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) annual youth event.
99 students and 34 teachers from all the 28 EU Member States and the five EU candidate countries (Albania, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey) gathered at the EESC in Brussels to take part in the simulated youth plenary session allowing secondary school pupils to see how the EESC decision-making process works in relation to a specific subject. The topic for this year was: "United in diversity: a younger future for European culture".

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#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

15/04/2018 LEARNING
Universities Research Action

15/04/2018 LEARNING
Bogliasco Fellowships Programme

16/04/2018 GRANTS
International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD)

22/04/2018 COMPETITION
EYE2018 Instagram Competition

26/04/2018 GRANTS
Erasmus+Key Action1-Mobility Projects for Youth Workers

27/04/2018 COMPETITION

European Social Innovation Competition 2018

30/04/2018 INTERNSHIP
Traineeship at the Court of Justice

1/05/2018 LEARNING
OSCE Parliamentary Assembly International Secretariat Research Fellowship

11/05/2018 GRANTS
Framework Partnership Agreement with a European policy network on teachers and school leaders

15/05/2018 INTERNSHIP
Traineeships and Study Visits at the European Parliament

15/05/2018 INTERNSHIP
Translation training placements at the European Parliament

15/05/2018 COMPETITION
#SaferInternet4EU Awards

17/05/2018 LEARNING
Erasmus+ Vocational Education and Training Mobility (VET) Charter

22/05/2018 GRANTS
Erasmus+ KA3: Support for policy reform - Social inclusion and common values: the contribution in the field of education, training and youth

31/05/2018 INTERNSHIP
Traineeships at the Court of Auditors

31/05/2018 COMPETITION
European Prevention Prize


Erasmus+ Volunteering Awards 

The Erasmus+ Volunteering Awards is a competition for volunteers launched by the European Youth Card Association to celebrate the achievements of young people volunteering abroad as part of an Erasmus+ or European Voluntary Service project.

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#Ode2Joy social media initiative

Everyone is invited to join the #Ode2Joy Challenge, the social media initiative to celebrate Europe's cultural heritage on the occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.


European Social Competition "My Social City"

The European Socialist Group in the Committee of the Regions has launched its annual Photo competition under the theme "My social city". Amateur and professional photographers can send their photo depicting social projects and/or social relationships in their towns and cities.

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European Social Innovation Competition 2018

Do you have any innovative and inspiring idea to empower young people to participate fully in a changing economy? Join the "RE:THINK LOCAL" competition.

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Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange 


On 15th March, the European Commission launched the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange, a project to promote intercultural dialogue and improve the skills of at least 25,000 young people through digital learning tools over the next two years. Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange will connect young people, youth workers, students and academics from European countries and the Southern neighbourhood of the EU through different activities such as moderated discussions, transnational project groups, open online courses and advocacy training. The online version of Erasmus+ has already raised interest among universities and youth organisations since it complements the traditional physical mobility programme and could be extended to other regions of the world in the next years. 

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EU's long term budget: Parliament sets out its priorities

On 14th March MEPs adopted Parliament’s official negotiating position for the EU’s next long-term budget starting in 2021. MEPs adopted a report calling for the Erasmus+ budget to be at least tripled in the next MFF in order to reach many more young people, youth organisations and secondary school pupils and apprentices across Europe. The Parliament also stressed the importance to take measures in order to enable people coming from a disadvantaged socio-economic background and people with disabilities to participate in the programme. MEPs also called on the European Commission to follow up on the ‘18th Birthday Interrail Pass for Europe’ project, stressing that the initiative would become a key component in increasing European consciousness and identity. 

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Tackling disinformation online: Expert Group advocates for more transparency among online platforms 

On 12th March, in a report handed over to Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel, the High-Level Expert Group on Fake News and Online Disinformation suggested a definition of the phenomenon and made a series of recommendations. The report defines disinformation as false, inaccurate, or misleading information designed, presented and promoted for profit or to intentionally cause public harm. The group recommends to promote media literacy to counter disinformation; develop tools for empowering users and journalists to tackle disinformation; safeguard the diversity and sustainability of the European news media; and continue research on the impact of disinformation in Europe. It also advocates for a Code of Principles that online platforms and social networks should commit to.

12 April 2018
Tackling long-term unemployment in the EU, Brussels, Belgium

16 April 2018
Online Info day Erasmus+KA3: Support for policy reform-Social inclusion and common values

17-19 April 2018
EU Youth Conference, Sofia, Bulgaria

17 April 2018
European Youth Information Day (EYID)

19-20 April 2018
Educate to create: from Digital Consumers to Digital Creators, Sofia, Bulgaria

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

24 April 2018

YouthMetre Final Conference, Brussels, Belgium

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

7 - 11 May 2018

Training seminar on Euro-projects design, Riccione, Italy

24 - 25 May 2018
Civil Society Days, Brussels, Belgium

26 - 27 May 2018
The World Village Festival, Helsinki, Finland

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

4 - 10 June 2018
First pilot training course based upon and articulated around the ETS Competence Model for Youth Workers Working Internationally, Rome, Italy

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

18 - 24 June 2018

European Cultural Heritage Summit, Berlin, Germany

21 - 22 June 2018
3rd Policy Learning Forum (PLF) on defining and writing learning outcomes for VET qualifications, Thessaloniki, Greece

24 - 30 June 2018
Training Course “From knowing to being” Nideggen/Eifel, Germany

Bulgarian EU Council Presidency

Citizens' dialogues


Young European of the Year 2018 

Madeleina Kay is the winner of the Young European of the Year award 2018, chosen in cooperation with the European Youth Forum and the Representation of the European Commission in Germany. Kay was honoured Kay for her pro-European efforts in the UK & beyond.

Statistics on young people on the labour market in 2016

EC multilingual portal for organisations offering assistance to third country nationals

Resources for guidance for workers in the career sector



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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