News from Europe

This compilation is based on information collected by EFIL from the monthly newsletter of EUCIS-LLL and from the European Youth Forum’s “Youth Policy Watch”, a bi-weekly bulletin. You can subscribe to the Youth Policy Watch directly from the Youth Forum website: and   Italian presidency of the EU: the Education and youth priorities for the second semester 2014 The Italian presidency of the EU started on 1st July 2014 with an ambitious programme…. Read the full article

The new cycle of EU Structured Dialogue with young people

            A new Trio Presidency (Italy-Latvia-Luxemburg) has started in the middle of this year and the topic of this structured dialogue cycle is ‘Youth empowerment- access to rights and political participation of young people’. Charlotte Klinting (AFS Denmark) has been appointed by EFIL as the new EFIL representative for Structured dialogue and will represent EFIL at the EU Youth Conference in Rome on 13-16 October. The structured dialogue process has changed… Read the full article

Child Protection Policies & Youth Work

EFIL attended the Safe from Harm Conference in Brussels on 1st July, organised by the World Organization of the Scout Movement as a result of an extensive project on child protection in the non-formal education sector and in youth organisations.             In fact, following the EU directive 2011/92/EU on combating the sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and child pornography, criminal record checks are required for volunteers working with minors. This is of… Read the full article

Advocacy on Mobility … willing to move forward!

EFIL attended the 3rd meeting of the Mobility Working Group of the European Youth Forum in Chisinau on 12-13 July which was kindly hosted by CNTM, the National Youth Council of Moldova.                 The Working group members exchanged information on their activities to overcome mobility barriers and the latest policy developments on the topic. For example, IFM-SEI put together a useful website to receive complete information on visas:… Read the full article

Education for Global Citizenship and the post-2015 UN Development goals in the field of Education

EFIL together with AFS International attended the European Conference ‘Citizens for Global Education, Education for Global Citizenship’ on 24-25 June in Brussels. The event was organised by DEEEP, a project of CONCORD‘s DARE Forum, the European Development NGO confederation.               The Conference aimed at bringing together practitioners, institutions, academics and educators to discuss a proposal on Global Citizenship Education for the successor of the current Millennium-Development Goals of the UN… Read the full article

New European Commission and New Parliament!

The new European Parliament elected in May has started working and over the summer and has elected their Vicepresidents and Committees. We are glad Ulrike Lunacek, AFS returnee from Austria, is one of the Vicepresidents of the European Parliament, representing the European Greens, and thus part of the EP Bureau. MEP Silvia Costa from Italy is the new Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) which has been chaired for years by Doris… Read the full article