The new European Solidarity Corps deserves its own budget – it should not be funded at the expense of the Erasmus+ or Europe for Citizens programmes, urge Culture and Education Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on March 22nd.
The Commission is expected to table a comprehensive legislative proposal by May. However, the initial 2017 phase of the Solidarity Corps has already kicked off and the European Commission wants to fund it with more than €58 million initially allocated to the Erasmus + and Europe for Citizens programmes.
EUNET welcomes the clear statement by the CULT committee of the European Parliament.
Sixty years ago in Rome, the foundations were laid for the Europe that we know today, ushering in the longest period of peace in written history in Europe.
The Treaties of Rome established a common market where people, goods, services and capital can move freely and created the conditions for prosperity and stability for European citizens.
On this anniversary, Europe looks back with pride and looks forward with hope. For 60 years we have built a Union that promotes peaceful cooperation, respect of human dignity, liberty, democracy, equality and solidarity among European nations and peoples. Now, Europe’s shared and better future is ours to design.
On 1 March 2017, the European Commission presented a White Paper on the Future of Europe, which forms the Commission’s contribution to the Rome Summit of 25 March 2017. The White Paper sets out the main challenges and opportunities for Europe in the coming decade.
It presents five scenarios for how the Union could evolve by 2025 depending on how it chooses to respond. We will only do more together – and more efficiently – thanks to solid yet open educational systems that enable all citizens to take part in society, EUNET welcomes the reference made in the White Paper to crucial role of lifelong learning.
Indeed, we can only agree that “making the most of the new opportunities whilst mitigating any negative impact will require a massive investment in skills and a major rethink of education and lifelong learning systems“.
The 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).
Europeans are more than ever aware of their status as citizens of the Union and the proportion of Europeans wanting to know more about their rights continues to increase.
Over 80 % of Europeans cherish, in particular, the right to free movement that allows them to live, work, study and do business anywhere in the EU (December 2016 Eurobarometer).
However, a lack of awareness means EU citizens do not fully exercise their right to vote in European and local elections and many are unaware of the right to consular protection. The 2017 EU Citizenship Report sets out the European Commission’s priorities in further raising awareness of these rights and making them easier to use in practice.