One more step towards the recognition of European youth work

Between 19th and 21st November 2014, in Strasbourg, Viktória (Vica) Bedő represented EFIL on the „Unfolding youth work – Seminar on the recognition of competences of youth leaders and youth workers: introducing the European youth work Portfolio – a tool for the assessment and development of youth work competence”. The European Portfolio for youth leaders and youth workers exists in paper/PDF format (download here: since 2006. Now the Council of Europe is working on… Read the full article

European Youth Forum Education Week – EFIL Sharing Practices

Silvia Pieretto, member of EFIL’s Pool of Representatives, attended the full European Youth Forum Education Week on 4-7 November. The YFJ Education Week was organised by the European Youth Forum in cooperation with its Education Working Group and aimed at gathering representatives from Member organisations with stakeholders in the field of education and policy makers to discuss the most important topics in the European agenda for what concerns education. The week was structured on thematic days:… Read the full article

Launch of the EU consultations with young people on ‘empowerment for political participation’!

This is a call to all member offices of EFIL and all AFS volunteers to fill in this questionnaire: WHAT IS THIS ABOUT?: The EU is asking young people about how they feel about political participation: Why are young people not voting? How do you want to receive information? How can we increase trust in politics? The answers to all these questions will be turned into a council resolution in 2015. WHY IS THIS… Read the full article

The New European Commission

On 22 October the European Parliament supported the new European Commission with 423 votes in favour, 209 against and 67 abstentions. Even though there were some exceptions, the S&D, EPP and ALDE groups voted in favour to a large extent, while Greens/EFA, GUE/NGL and EFDD voted against. Most of the MEPs from the ECR group abstained. Mr Tibor Navracsics will keep the education portfolio, as previously anticipated, but the Citizenship has been taken from his… Read the full article

EFIL at the World Forum for Democracy 2014

The World Forum for Democracy 2014 in Strasbourg, France, was the third annual conference of this kind organised by the Council of Europe. The entire event was dedicated to democracy and this year the subject was “From participations to influence: can youth revitalize democracy?“. EFIL was represented at the event by Stefan Ubiparipović, member of the Pool of Representatives. The presence of EFIL was possible thanks to a project of the European Youth Foundation which… Read the full article

Multilingualism in Europe: starting on new basis

EFIL is a member of the EU Civil Society Platform for Multilingualism. On 17t October the Platform met and discussed the latest development in the field of Multilingualism. Within the Platform, EFIL participates in the works of the group Language & Education which aims at writing policy recommendations on language learning. Regarding policy developments, the Council conclusions on Conclusions on multilingualism and the development of language competences have bene published in May and no benchmark on… Read the full article

National and European Exchange Platforms meet in Zurich

On 16t October EFIL and EEE-YFU met Intermundo (Switzerland) and AJA (Germany), two of the national exchange organisation platforms existing in Europe. This kind of meetings are taking place since autumn 2011 and are precious to build links, exchange information and become more aware of trends in our sector. EFIL and EEE-YFU shared their latest advocacy efforts linked to the revision of visa regulations at EU level. AJA and Intermundo shared their initiatives: AJA in… Read the full article

Freedom of Movement: launching an online platform for advocacy on visas!

After two years of mandate, the European Youth Forum’s Mobility Working Group where EFIL is a member, is beginning to see the outcomes of the work done. The proposal for a new visa directive targeting students, pupils, volunteers, trainees and au pairs is now discussed under the Italian presidency of the EU and this will lead to a new legislation within 2015. Many EU countries are against including all these targets in the legislation which foresees… Read the full article

EU Structured Dialogue with Young People: New cycle, New process. EU Youth Conference, Rome

As the EU presidency rotation enters into a new trio of presidencies, so does the EU Structured Dialogue, where EFIL participates. This October it was the turn of Italy, being the current seat of the EU, to host the EU Youth Conference. Charlotte Klinting (member of EFIL’s European Pool of Representatives) attended on behalf of EFIL. Also, two of the facilitators of the Conference are EFIL’s members of the Pool of Trainers: Dulio Santos (AFS… Read the full article

News From Europe

Varna, the 2017 European Youth Capital! On 19 November, at the European Youth Forum’s General Assembly, Varna, Bulgaria’s third-largest city, won the title of European Youth Capital (EYC) for 2017. Varna’s application pledged to make the city a “social hub” for young people, with “Innowave” the title of the year. During its EYC year, the city will focus on the development of social entrepreneurship as a tool for increased youth participation, sustainable employment, creativity, networking,… Read the full article

The 3rd European Education, Training and Youth Forum

On 9 and 10 October 2014 EFIL attended the 3rd European Education, Training and Youth Forum, in Brussels. This event aims at gathering once a year all European stakeholders in the field, from policy makers to practitioners. Promoting excellence and innovation, tackling the low-skills gap, supporting a new generation of educators, recognising and valuing skills and competences, promoting equity, social cohesion and active citizenship were the 5 main points on which challenges were tackled and… Read the full article

EFIL at the General Assembly of the Youth Forum (YFJ)

On Wednesday 19 November, the General Assembly (GA) of the European Youth Forum (YFJ) met again for 3 intense days of negotiations, deliberations and… elections! Silvia Pieretto, EPoR, and Inga Menke from the EFIL office, represented EFIL and its stands for mobility and quality education as fundamental tools for the growth and development of young people in Europe. The YFJ GA takes place every two years in November; along with voting on policy papers and resolutions, it… Read the full article