European Youth Conference- Gdańsk, 24th-26th July 2017

In a year that will be significant for the future of the European integration, you are invited to elaborate on the question “Regain or Retreat? European Youth in an Age of Uncertainty”, during the event that will take place in Gdańsk, on 24th-26 July 2017.
The conference is organized by the Heinrich Böll Foundation, sited in Warsaw, in collaboration with the European Solidarity Centre (Gdańsk) and the Green European Foundation (Brussels).
The Heinrich Böll Foundation is a German association based on a worldwide network that counts on a cooperation with 16 state-level Böll Foundations in each of Germany’s federal states, on a worldwide network that encompasses 30 international offices worldwide, and on over 100 partner projects in approximately 60 countries. The foundation aims at fostering democracy and upholding human rights, taking action to prevent the destruction of the global ecosystem, advancing equality between women and men, securing peace through conflict prevention in crisis zones, and defending the freedom of individuals against excessive state and economic power.
Since the foundation aims also to support talented, socio-politically engaged undergraduate and graduate students in Germany and abroad, the three-day Conference in Gdańsk, will be open to young people aged 18-35.
European Green Party co-chair Reinhard Bütikofer, will open the event that will address issues including globalization and European and nationalist answers to it. Topics like the current challenges to open societies and inclusive democracies will be explored, reflecting upon people’s risk of being divided along lines of integration and identity. Important points of reference and processes that are shaping the world view of engaged young Europeans will be also discussed. Causes of and reactions to growing feelings of uncertainty, injustice and fear in EU member states will be taken into account, discussing on ways to make Europe be more socially responsible, just and sustainable.
The program of the event foresees practical workshops and ample space for youth networking.
For more detailed information on the conference:

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call for applications
Candidates will be requested to state briefly their motivation and ideas regarding their personal contribution to the conference in a short CV. Possible participants will be selected among different countries of origins and different backgrounds, to have a wider exchange of points of view.
Costs for accommodation and board will be covered by the organizers and travel costs reimbursed.
If you wish to participate, please send your application to the coordinator Gert Röhrborn at: eyc2017@pl.boell.org
Deadline: 30th April 2017

#EuropeLab Forum for Young Professionals in Gdańsk

The EU-Russia Civil Society Forum invites young professionals aged between 25 and 35 from the EU, Russia, and other European states to apply for the Annual “Europe Lab” Forum.

Forum for Young Professionals “Europe Lab” is a unique communication and exchange platform for changemakers from all over Europe working in public administration, business, NGOs, universities, think tanks, and other fields of professional engagement.
Main goals of “Europe Lab” are to enable cross-sector cooperation and promote an exchange of ideas, develop partner and professional networks, and encourage common cross-border projects and initiatives all over Europe.

The working language of the Forum is English.

“Europe Lab” will take place on 27–30 July 2017 at the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk, Poland.

The programme of “Europe Lab” 2017 includes:

Workshops:
• Freedom and Captivity – Solidarity in the Present and in the Past
• Climate Change – Where Are You Going?

Innovative Formats:
• Gdańsk in the Spotlight – City Development Hackathon
• 360° Story – Multimedia Telling
Each format will be curated by a coordinator.

The best common projects, whose ideas were elaborated during the Forum, will be granted. The results will be presented at the 8th General Assembly of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum in 2018.
Finally, “Europe Lab” alumni are invited to join the young professionals’ platform at the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, to lead and play a role in a number of future initiatives.
Costs for workshops, accommodation, and meals are covered by organisers. Travel costs are borne by participants themselves.
Please submit your application until 1 May 2017 here.

For more information about the event, please go to ERCSF official website.

Forum for Young Professionals “Europe Lab” is organised by the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum in cooperation with the European Solidarity Centre and DRA / German-Russian Exchange as well as supported by the European Commission and the Oak Foundation.

Save the Date – South Baltic Annual Event 2017

The South Baltic annual event will take place on 12th September 2017 in the region of Zealand, Denmark.
What can you expect from this year’s South Baltic annual event? The Programme prepares an exciting programme that will feature SouthBaltic greentech innovations, debates and funding pitches from Interreg and Horizon2020.

Please mark the date in your calendars.

More details will follow. Stay tuned to South Baltic Programme website!

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Young Leaders International Meeting 2017- Ready of life, ready for the society

The transnational meeting between young people and decision-makers in the youth field will be held in Rome, in October 2017. It is organized by SOS EUROPA, a non-profit independent association of social promotion based in Italy (Rome), that was established to spread out the European cultural values and with the scope to improve the integration processes inside and outside Europe, favouring youths’ mobility, cultural and knowledge exchange, active citizenship, participation and networking. » Read more

South Coast Baltic Kick-Off Conference

Kick-off Conference and 2nd all-partner meeting of the SOUTH COAST BALTIC is a three-day event organized by the Economic Development Corporation Vorpommern, that will be held on 16-18 May 2017 in the sea resort Bansin, on Usedom Island (Germany).

SOUTH COAST BALTIC project has been developed in order to build a long term cross-border destination management through the improvement of boating services and infrastructure, on the basis of the MARRIAGE cooperation network.

The 2012 MARRIAGE project launched the cross-border destinations on domestic markets, building cooperation and exchange in water tourism management and marketing, and creating a consolidate network in the southern Baltic regions of Vorpommern (Germany), Zachodniopomorskie and Pomorskie (Poland), Kaliningrad (Russia), Klaipeda region (Lithuania).

SOUTH COAST BALTIC will have an added value in the destination building process. The challenge in these regions now, is not only to access new target markets, but to provide repeaters and followers with high quality boating facilities and services, that need to be harmonized across the south coast Baltic area, also by means of a joint promotion.

SOUTH COAST BALTIC is the very rare case of a tourism project, in which the form of recreation addressed has a genuine cross-border nature and it is evident that applying cross-border cooperation can significantly add to fostering its intensity.

For further information about the event and registration

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Italian Student joining the ERB at the International Secretariat

Taking part in a highly qualifying international experience in the cross-border cooperation has become a real opportunity for me. I am Valentina Scandola, I come from Italy and on 1st April I started my experience as an intern at Euroregion Baltic.

I found the opportunity to join this organization thanks to Erasmus + & Universities for EU projects culture, managed by SEND Sicilia, an Italian non-profit organization whose aim is to create new job opportunities for the local territory, through vocational training and mobility. A consortium between SEND Sicilia, Eugen, and 9 Italian universities give the possibilities to young students to have a high professional experience abroad. A well-structured database and the detailed description of the hosting organizations facilitate students in the choice that best fit their interests.

Furthermore, the grants provides the students with an On line Linguistic Support, a practical guide to the 2014-2020 European Funds for a technical and professional preparation, and finally the possibility to follow some courses on Project Design, organized by European Academy.

Universities for EU projects culture focuses on European Project Design, and what made me decide to apply is that I find it essential for the completion of my current studies in Local Development at the University of Padova. Local development is a quite new interdepartmental course that has been activated in the academic year 2011/2012 by the university of Padova and aims at tackling specific knowledge about what concerns social, economic, territorial, and institutional dynamics in the processes of local sustainable development. The courses provided by this Master’s degree deal with political economy, governance, social dynamics, social and environmental responsibility, project planning and evaluation, and geography and focuses on development cooperation in different social and territorial contexts. Finding a qualified internship in this field is fundamental for a professional career and Universities for EU projects culture has simplified my research, since it can count on reliable organizations.

I sent my application to Euroregion Baltic because it is a non-governmental organization and I was searching a professional experience that could provide me with a knowledge that could be spendable also in my country, once come back. I am really interested in the INTERREG programs and I think that the cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region can be used as a good example to understand which are the dynamics in the INTERREG as Cohesion Policy. I think that doing an internship in this field will be a good opportunity for me.

Meanwhile, since I am going to spend six months in Elblag, being involved in different Interreg projects, both concerning the South Baltic programme, and the Baltic Sea region programme, I will have the possibility to choose some case studies as starting point to write my Master’s thesis on Multilevel governance and the EU Cohesion Policy.

World Festival of Youth and Students 2017 in Russia

The 19th World Festival of Youth and Students / #WFYS2017 is to be held on October 14-22, 2017, in Sochi, Russia.

The main goals of the Festival: consolidating the international youth community around the idea of peace, solidarity and social justice, strengthening international youth ties, as well as promoting international and intercultural youth cooperation.

More than 20 000 young people from 150 countries aged between 18 and 35 years will participate in the 19th Festival. Among them are leaders of youth nonprofit organizations and political parties, young journalists, creative and sporting youth, young professors and scientists, leaders of student self-government, as well as young compatriots abroad and foreigners who study Russian language and are interested in Russian culture. Russia will host more than 8 000 foreign participants!

Furthermore, the Festival for the first time will go beyond one city! So, for participants is provided the regional program, during which foreign participants will be able to visit several Russian cities, such as St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg, Vladivostok, Sevastopol/Simferopol

You can apply for participation in the event and follow the latest news on the website russia2017.com. Deadline for submitting applications for participation in the Festival: May 15, 2017. For all participants it will be necessary to pass the Skype interview with the Festival organizers after passing pre-selection stage.

For the participants of the Festival will be provided a special, simplified visa regime (visa application for the participant of the Festival will be free) to enter the territory of the Russian Federation.

 

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