Category Archives: EUNET

EUNET Youth Committee: Training Course 2017 registration is now open!

EUNET Training Course 2017The EUNET Youth Committee is pleased to invite you to its new training course “Digital Creative Methods”, which will take place in Altenkirchen, Germany from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd April 2017.
14 places are available with one representative from each organization. Please, keep in mind the age limit of 35 set by the EUNET Youth Committee. The seminar will be entirely conducted in English (no translation provided).

Registration is now open!

Check out the designated website for further information and registration.

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

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.


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

European Solidarity Corps

The European Commission has launched the European Solidarity Corps.
With the new European Solidarity Corps, participants will have the opportunity to be placed with a project either for volunteering or for a traineeship, an apprenticeship or a job for a period between 2 and 12 months.

Participants will be able to engage in a broad range of activities such as education, health, social integration, assistance in the provision of food, shelter construction, reception, support and integration of migrants and refugees, environmental protection or prevention of natural disasters.

The European Solidarity Corps has been officially launched on December 7th and young people can already register (, but we see that a number of issues still need to be clarified. It is not clear why this was done so quickly and there is a risk to raise expectations that cannot be adequately fulfilled.

EUNET contributed to a position paper of Civil Society Europe where we believe that the initiative needs to fulfil a number of conditions to be successful:

  • A participatory setup and implementation of the programme
  • Integration in a broader strategy and adequately resourced
  • Subscription to a Quality Charter
  • A clear distinction between volunteering and employment
  • Quality training, mentoring and support
  • A clear role for civil society organisation
  • Clarifying financial and logistical aspects