EUNET and SARS-CoV-2

Dear members of EUNET,

In 2020-2021, the federal activities of the European Network for Education and Training have been severely affected by the consequences of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.
EUNET lived under lock and key from 17 March to 11 May and from 30 October to 15 December 2020, in accordance with government instructions.

EUNET switched to full teleworking mode for all federal civil servants from 17 March to 15 December 2020. Missions by affiliates’ staff to federal activities were cancelled during the lockdown periods. Volunteer assignments continued to be completed via telework. During the periods of strict no-implementation, relations with affiliates and partners were maintained by members of the board.

The spring border closures, extreme restrictions on movement, freedom of assembly, etc. forced EUNET to cancel all personal activities for the benefit of its members as well as all formal statutory meetings, in accordance with the legal exemptions in force in Germany (where the network is based).

The network’s member organisations were also deterred by the barrier measures and the second wave of contagion. However, EUNET’s activity is primarily a group dynamic that is incompatible with physical distancing and pandemic barrier measures.

Together with the Centre européen Robert Schuman, EUNET co-organised the meeting of the Europe Houses at European level in Metz and was present at the only two events for the general public that were not cancelled: the European Children’s and Young People’s Book Fair in Saarbrücken (Germany) and the International Fair in Metz (France).

In 2021, the network’s activities are still very much affected by the health crisis. Since the beginning of 2021, travelling between the different member countries of the European Union is difficult or even impossible. For this reason, all face-to-face activities are still suspended.

Nevertheless, our General Assembly is scheduled for December 12th 2021, in the firm hope that the pandemic will be under control by then.

I look forward to seeing you again on December 12th at the latest.

Yours sincerely,
Richard Stock, president of EUNET

YEA! – Transnational Campaign for a European Statute for Associations

To give civil society the same possibilities of action within the European Union as those enjoyed by companies.

Since 2004, private companies have been able to adopt the European Company Statute, which was born out of EU law. A European Company (SE) is a company that is authorised to operate in each country of the European Union in a legal form that is accepted by all states.

The establishment of a European civil public space urgently requires the possibility of setting up European Non-Governmental Organisations (ENGOs). Too many legal obstacles still prevent the constitution of a European organised civil society. European associative networks operating in several Member States or throughout the European Union need a European statute that allows them to carry out their activities in a legal form accepted by all States.

If you agree with this proposal, make your opinion known to the Conference on the Future of Europe and support the European Statute for Associations by commenting here: https://futureu.europa.eu/processes/Democracy/f/6/proposals/28450

Education for Democracy in Schools

Education for Democracy in Schools:
Applying the Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture:

Online Conference of Senior Officials and Experts
organised in the framework of the German Presidency of the Committee of Ministers
15-16 April 2021

Opening conference Democracy in schools: from theory to practice

Richard Stock, Chairman of EUNET – European Network for Education and Training
Rolf Gollob, Professor at the Zürich University of Teacher Education & Council of Europe EPAN expert for Switzerland
Moderator: Martyn Barrett, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of Surrey, U.K. & EPAN Lead Expert

Abstract: What school can do for democracy: values, knowledge and best practices

Implementation of the “competences for a culture of democracy” framework

Cycle of in-service training courses for teachers in the Greater Region of the Robert Schuman European Centre (CERS) and EUNET – European Network for Education and Training in Metz – Scy-Chazelles (France). A cross – border program the Greater Region (Saar-Lor-Lux – Wallonia – Rhineland-Palatinate): 2 languages (German & French), 4 countries (Germany, Belgium, France & Luxembourg) and 6 education systems.

  1. Overcome the reluctance on questions of democracy
  2. The relationship between democracy and duties of the citizen is crucial
  3. Why implementing the FRAMEWORK competences for a culture of democracy?
  4. That’s why they have to be able to…
  5. The general objectives of the implementation of the framework competences for a culture of democracy’
  6. The specific objectives of teachers’ training
  7. Pilot trainings:
    1. 1.- Pro & Contra
    2. 2.- Contradictions & Dilemmas
    3. 3.- Diversity & Pluralism
    4. 4.- Minorities & majorities
    5. 5.- The school: A place of education for a democratic culture
  8. Simulations & role plays: Nature & Power
  9. Don’t forget to develop intercultural skills for an inclusive society

Metz 2020 International Fair

Together with the CERS, EUNET participated in the European stand at the 85th Metz International Fair (FIM) from 25 September to 5 October. This event brought together almost 80,000 visitors over eleven days.

EUNET was able to present the European network of Europe Houses and European Academies, brochures, competitions, etc. to a very wide audience, especially thanks to a series of activities offered at the stand (located right at the entrance of the fair, a must for all visitors).

European Children’s and Youth Book Fair

Fantastic picture books, exciting book and art experiences – the European Children’s Book Fair in Saarbrücken has established itself as a meeting place for young and well-known publishers from Germany and abroad.

A young, curious and book-loving public takes the opportunity to get to know authors and their latest publications. The proximity to France, Belgium and Luxembourg makes the fair in Saarbrücken a European event in Germany. Despite the pandemic measures, this year’s fair welcomed 8,000 people who met international authors, illustrators and cartoonists at readings and meetings.