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Open consultation on Erasmus+ and predecessor programmes

30 years Erasmus+This public consultation is designed to support the mid-term evaluation of Erasmus+.
The mid-term evaluation covers the activities undertaken under the Erasmus+ Programme during the period 2014-2016.

The open public consultation is an important part of the assessment of how well the Erasmus+ programme has been working and whether and how it should be amended in the future. It is also important to know your views on how well these predecessor programmes have worked in the past.

Deadline: 31 May 2017. Check here for more info.

The European Parliament must do more to improve lobby transparency

100 organisations for lobby transparencyOver 100 civil society organisations warned MEPs in an open letter that the Commission’s proposal risks providing even less transparency to the public than the current one and that if they are serious about transparency in the big EU institutions then they must start with their own house.

A few weeks before Commission, Parliament and Council are expected to start negotiating a revision of the joint EU Transparency Register, the Alliance for Lobby Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU), Civil Society Europe and Transparency International EU have brought together a broad civil society coalition to make key demands that will ensure meaningful reform.

To guarantee reforms that deliver greater lobby transparency, rather than a weakened register, the signatories urge MEPs to champion the following points during the negotiations:

  • a strong commitment by MEPs to only meet registered lobbyists
  • a financial commitment to help the register secretariat ensure data quality
  • maintaining the existing definition of lobbying, which includes direct and indirect lobbying
  • a commitment to a legally-binding lobby register in the longer-term

The letter is supported by more than 100 organisations active in areas such as worker and consumer rights, environment and public health protection, education and development cooperation.

CSO letter on EU lobby transparency

International Conference on the European Solidarity Corps

European Solidarity Corps
Background, implementation approaches, perspectives

Europäische Akademie Berlin; 23.05.2017 from 9 – 22h

European Solidarity CorpsThe European Solidarity Corps (ESC) is a newly established EU-initiative which shall provide opportunities for young Europeans to engage in solidarity activities across Europe, to gain experience, develop skills and increase their chances on the labour market. However, as pointed out by civil society organisations, many questions still remain to be discussed, especially concerning financial and organisational issues as well as regarding the synergies with established EU exchange and volunteer programmes (EVS, Erasmus).

In cooperation with EUNET and European partners, the European Academy Berlin is organising a one-day expert conference for German and European disseminators.

The conference will pursue the following aims:

  • Information and multiperspective discussion on the current development of the ESC, especially regarding its aim to foster solidarity between the EU member states and to contribute to fighting youth unemployment in Europe,
  • Discussion about the positioning of the ESC within the landscape of existing European programs and initiatives and the possible synergies between them,
  • Exchange on best practices and exploitation of possible common measures in civic (youth) education and voluntary work regarding the strengthening of European solidarity.

Programme Conference on European Solidarity Corps
Registration Form Conference on European Solidarity Corps

Due to the kind support of the German Federal Foreign Office and the European Union, participation in the conference is free of charge (including meals and programme costs).
The number of places is limited.

For those participants who need accommodation in Berlin, rooms at the European Academy Berlin are available at a preferential rate of 69 Euro per person/room, including breakfast.

Please register as soon as possible and at the latest by May 9, 2017.

For any further details please contact
Claudia Rehrs
Tel.: +49 30 89 59 51 37
E-Mail: cr@eab-berlin.eu

Apply now: EAEA Grundtvig Award 2017: Engaging new learners

EAEA Grundtvig Awards  2017This year’s EAEA Grundtvig Awards celebrate projects that have been successful in engaging new groups of learners.
Each year, the EAEA Grundtvig Award highlights project results that produce new ideas, new partnerships, new methodologies and a new understanding how we can work in adult learning.

Apply now!

The future of Europe is a Learning Europe!

Lifelong Learning Platform StatementOn 1 March 2017, the European Commission published its White Paper on the Future of Europe. While it does underline the need for skills and lifelong learning, there is little attention when it comes to the next steps and concrete commitments in this regard.

The Lifelong Learning Platform, European Civil Society for Education, together with its members, is happy that the European Commission is going to look more thoroughly at the social dimension of Europe, but we are also concerned of the fact that it lacks an analysis of what really brings Europeans together and what drives the European identity among its citizens.

Read the answers on what keeps Europe together: LLLP statement on the Future of Europe