Your input is needed on the shrinking Civic Space in Europe

EUNET is member of Civil Society Europe (CSE), the coordination of civil society organisations in Europe, which gathers platforms and networks in various fields such as human rights, citizenship, education, culture, social rights, youth, disability, anti racism, development cooperation and the environment, amongst others. The main focus of CSE is to work on issues that are transversal to civil society organisations such as civil dialogue, civic space and access to funding.

CIVICUS MonitorA critical area for CSE work is highlighting increasing restrictions to the freedoms of association, assembly and expression of not for profit associations in Europe and raising awareness of EU decision-makers of the need for action. In order to support policy action, it is critical to gather sufficient data on this phenomenon.

For this reason, Civil Society Europe has launched in cooperation with Civicus an annual survey to map out key trends on civic space in Europe over the last year. The survey covers the European Union, the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway), Switzerland, and the countries candidate to EU accession (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey).

The survey is open to civil society organisations at national (or local level).

We would like to ensure that the perspective of the the variety of the civil society is included, and therefore call on you to participate and disseminate within your network. Responding to the survey will take 10-15 minutes of your time. The findings will remain anonymous and will be made freely available for your information and use.

The survey runs until end of December 2017. Please disseminate widely

Please access  the survey in English here

Please access the survey in French here

Please access the survey in Italian here

Youth Wiki

The Youth Wiki is an online platform presenting information on European countries’ youth policies.

Youth WikiThe main objective of the Youth Wiki is to support evidence-based European cooperation in the field of Youth. It does so by providing information on national policies in support of young people – in a user-friendly and continuously updated way – following the adoption of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field 2010-2018 (EU Youth Strategy).

The overall purpose is to help the European Commission and Member States in their decision making, by providing information on state of play on reforms and initiatives. The collection of qualitative information also allows the exchange of information and innovative approaches and can substantiate peer learning activities. Currently, 27 countries participate in the Youth Wiki.

Youth Wiki

Call for partners: VET internship project

VET internshipLa Maison de l’Europe Le Mans is building a new project about VET youth internships in Europe, and is looking for partners abroad

The Maison de l’Europe lead a consortium of 9 VET establishment located in Le Mans and the county. All those establishments are proposing professional diplomas such as certificate of professional competences and professional baccalaureate.
All VET establishments would like to include in their training the opportunity for an internships in another country of the European Union in order to develop some skills like independence, skills in another language, another way of working…

The consortium will apply for Erasmus+ VET Internships in February 2018. If the project is accepted,  around 150 youngsters every year will be send in European internships.

Read the detailed project description including the financial framework and join the project!

ME Le Mans VET internship project

Citizenship Education at School in Europe – 2017

Citizenship Education at School in Europe 2017There has been a strong focus in recent years on the promotion of citizenship education, as a result of the increasing threats to fundamental values such as peace, equality and human rights Europe is faced with, and several countries are making changes to their policies in this area.

But what is citizenship education? How is it taught? How are students evaluated? Can citizenship skills be developed outside the classroom? What training and support do teachers receive?

The report is divided into four chapters, each of which is complemented by a case study on recent policy initiatives:

  • Curriculum Organisation and Content
  • Teaching, Learning and Active Participation
  • Student Assessment and School Evaluation
  • Teacher Education, Professional Development and Support

The report is primarily based on qualitative data, and covers 42 education systems. It focuses on the existing regulations and recommendations regarding citizenship education in public sector schools and includes general education and school-based initial vocational education training programmes.

Citizenship Education at School in Europe – 2017 (full report)
Citizenship Education at School in Europe – 2017 (highlights)
Citizenship Education at School in Europe – 2017 (Annexes)

EESC adopts opinion on the financing of Civil Society Organisations

EESCThe European Economic and Social Committee calls on the European institutions to promote a positive image of Civil Society Organisations, preserve their independence and strengthen their capacity for action.
Beside a detailed diagnosis of the situation and role of civil society organisations, the EESC presents 26 recommendations for better civil dialogue and access to resources, including ideas for the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework. The EESC finds that financing of CSOs is essential for participatory democracy and that the article 11 of the TEU on structured dialogue with civil society must be properly implemented. It calls also for the establishment of an EU Ombudsman on civic space freedoms and of a European fund for democracy, human rights and values within the EU

EESC opinion on financing of civil society organisations by the EU