Public consultation on the mid-term evaluation of the Erasmus+ programme

30 years Erasmus+The European Commission has launched the public consultation in the context of the mid-term evaluation of Erasmus+ including the long-term impact of the predecessor programmes.

Young people, students, teachers, youth workers, athletes, staff, employers, civil society and social partner organisations and other interested parties are invited to submit their contributions on the impact and the future of programmes by 31 May 2017 through a questionnaire available in all EU official languages.

The mid-term evaluation will thereafter build on the results of this consultation together with other material including surveys of participants, case studies, interviews, social media analysis and other.

Public consultation on the mid-term evaluation of Erasmus+

Public consultation on the review of key competences for lifelong learning

The European Commission has launched a public consultation which will run until 19 May 2017 with a view to updating the 2006 Recommendation on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning.

This review will seek to determine which skills and competences young people need to acquire to succeed in the job market and in life, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship education.
The review was announced in the Commission’s New Skills Agenda for Europe adopted in June 2016. The goal is to develop a shared understanding of key competences needed (from reading and writing,  horizontal skills to digital competences) and to further foster their introduction in education and training curricula. The revision will also provide support for better developing and assessing these skills.

Consultation on key competences

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