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Results of the Erasmus+ Implementation Survey 2016

E+ implementation results 2016The Lifelong Learning Platform organises a yearly evaluation on the implementation of the Erasmus+ programme. The survey aims to provide decision-makers with an evaluation  coming from the programme’s direct beneficiaries on what works and what could be improved.

For this year’s Erasmus+ survey, the numbers are impressive: 734 responses were received from applicants in 32 countries – all 28 EU Member States and Iceland, Turkey, Norway and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
The purpose of this survey was to evaluate how the third round of applications for the Erasmus+ programme was experienced by the beneficiaries. The consultation was closed on the 15th of September 2016. The following report presents a summary of the respondents’ assessment of the Erasmus+ Programme implementation in 2016.

Erasmus+ Implementation Survey 2016 Results

Apply now for the Czech-German Young Professionals Program (CGYPP)!

Czech-German Young Professionals ProgramThe Czech-German Young Professionals Program (CGYPP) is an international network for young professionals from Germany and the Czech Republic. The program links the fields of academia, business, media, public administration and NGOS.

The European Academy Berlin and the Association for International Affairs from Prague are inviting twelve young professionals from Germany and the Czech Republic to participate in a series of workshops and to collaborate on relevant economic, political and social issues. Participants have the opportunity to enter into discussion with distinguished experts and to acquire practical advice, ideas and stimulus for their future professional careers.

The program topic for 2017 “Solidarity, stability and security in post-factual times” will be analyzed and discussed

  • in Prague, 30 March to 2 April 2017
  • in Berlin, 8 to 11 June 2017 and
  • in the border region, 7-10 September 2017.

Those who are interested in current political and social questions as well as in cross-border and cross-sector networking can apply until 15 February 2017. Program language is English, candidates should have at least three years’ work experience.

More information can be found at www.eab-berlin.eu and www.cgypp.eu

Flyer Czech-German Young Professionals Program 2017

Candidates from the Czech Republic may send their application (letter of motivation and CV) to Zuzana Lizcova, Association for International Affairs, Prague (zuzana.lizcova[at]amo.cz).

Candidates from Germany may send their application to Claudia Rehrs, European Academy Berlin (cr[at]eab-berlin.eu).

We are looking forward to your application!

My!Europe: 20 Recommendations For More Democracy in Europe

MyEuropeCitizens from 7 European countries meet MEPs in Brussels to call for more democracy in Europe

On January 25, citizens from 7 European countries will present “20 Recommendations For More Democracy in Europe” to MEPs at a seminar in Brussels.

“The most important thing about these proposals is that most of them could materialise immediately, if only the political will is there,” says Finn Rowold, Chairman of the International Sonnenberg Association (ISA) and head of the steering committee of the project My!Europe, which organized the cross-border process of conferences and exchanges between seven European countries.

The “20 Recommendations” result from an 18-month process with conferences in Denmark, Latvia, The Czech Republic, Germany, England, Bulgaria and the Netherlands, organised by the My!Europe project, supported by a grant from the Europe for Citizens programme.

Each conference has passed the baton on to the next, with constant updates on the project’s website www.myeurope.today.

The Recommendations are divided into three sections:

  • Active citizenship, which deals with proposals on how to upgrade cross-border citizens’ initiatives. Today, the EU spends only 5 cents per year in this field.
  • Transparency in bureaucratic procedures and legislative work to help combating the growing scepticism among the European public.
  • A clearer political system where voters have much more influence than today, e.g. on the election of the President of the European Commission.

“More democracy is not a luxury, it is a necessity”, says Finn Rowold: “If Europe is to overcome the current crisis, citizens are to be consulted and have a greater influence.”

The idea of bringing non-specialist citizens from different countries together to discuss the future of Europe has its roots in the Sonnenberg movement – the EUNET member Internationales Haus Sonnenberg and the International Sonnenberg Association – which was established in 1949 under the key-phrase “Talk together. Understand each other. Overcome prejudice. Act responsibly together“.

“This key-phrase is exactly the call that’s needed in today’s disintegrating Europe”, says Ole Aabenhus, who was a consultant to the project and has taken part in all conferences. “”The 20 Recommendations” are not a final blueprint, but should be seen as an invitation for other NGOs and opinion leaders to take up the baton and start organizing discussions on more democracy and more citizens’ participation related to the future of Europe”, he says.

My!Europe

Public consultations on the Europe for Citizens Programme

Europe for CitizensThe European Commission (DG HOME) is currently preparing the mid-term evaluation of the Europe for Citizens programme 2014-2020 and has contracted Deloitte to conduct an external study for this purpose.

In this context, a public consultation in all official EU languages was launched.
The aim of this consultation is to collect views and opinions on the results and impacts of activities and projects co-financed by the Europe for Citizens programme between 2014 and 2016 and to assess their relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and EU added value.
Contributions are sought from individuals, programme stakeholders, public authorities, civil society, beneficiaries and non-successful applicants.

Deadline is April 10th 2017

European Commission public consultation on the Europe for Citizens programme (all EU languages)

In addition to this public consultation run by the Commission, Deloitte is conducting, as part of the  mid-term evaluation, a web-based survey focusing on three different stakeholder groups:

  • action grant beneficiaries,
  • operating grant beneficiaries
  • and non-successful applicants,

asking about first-hand experience with the programme.

Deadline is February 10th 2017

Deloitte survey on the Europe for Citizens programme (English only)

We would highly appreciate if you could take the time to respond to the public consultation and to the web-based survey.

Guide de Bonnes Pratiques – La Nouvelle Génération dans les Jumelages

Guide de Bonnes Pratiques – La Nouvelle Génération dans les JumelagesDepuis 2015, la Maison de l’Europe de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées a lancé un projet européen de réflexion et de mise en place d’actions sur le thème « La Nouvelle Génération dans les Jumelages » ; avec le soutien de EUNET, la Région Occitanie, Toulouse Métropole, la Fédération Française des Maisons de l’Europe et le FDVA.

Après avoir réalisé une enquête européenne sur la place des jeunes dans les jumelages et organisé deux séminaires européens à Toulouse en octobre 2015 et 2016, elle publie un guide de bonnes pratiques destiné aux comités de jumelages qui souhaitent développer de nouvelles actions avec et pour les jeunes. Ce guide sera amené à évoluer et peut être participatif. N’hésitez pas à nous faire partager votre expérience en tant que comité de jumelage!

Guide de Bonnes Pratiques – La Nouvelle Génération dans les Jumelages