Conference on the World Refugee Day

On 20 June – The World Refugee Day – EFIL has attended a conference called “Time to be welcome: youth work and integration of young refugees on the International Refugee Day”. This event is a part of the collaborative partnership ‘Time to be welcome’ that EFIL is running together with 10 other organisations in Europe (get to know more about it here: ). Organised by the European Youth Forum (EYF), the World organisation of… Read the full article

Civil Society Days 2017

On 26-27 June in Brussels EFIL has attended the conference “Civil Society Days 2017 – The Europe we strive for!” This conference was a result of civil organisations being recognised as having the key position between citizens and the European Institutions and as someone who can offer new perspectives for the EU and propose concrete solutions for the future of Europe. Having gathered various participants, from representatives of EU institutions and representatives of different non-governmental… Read the full article

Recognise Study Abroad: 40 MEPs support the cause

We are glad to announce that on 31 May an important step towards recognition of study abroad was made: MEP Victor Negrescu, a member of the European Parliament who strongly supports the cause of ‘Recognise Study Abroad’, officially registered a Question (rule 128 of the European Parliament) to openly debate the issue of recognition of school study periods abroad in a plenary session. The debate is foreseen after the summer break. 40 signatures were needed to table… Read the full article

Other developments in Europe and beyond

This article contains news from the Youth Forum Newsletter as well as the Lifelong Learning Platform Newsletter.   EU strategy for quality education for all, focusing on schools! At the end of May the European Commission presented its new strategy to support high quality, inclusive and future-oriented school and higher education. In the Communication School development and excellent teaching for a great start in life the Commission identifies areas where action is urgently needed and how EU support can help EU… Read the full article

EFIL at the 6th Euro-Arab Youth Forum

From 24 to 29 April the 6th Euro-Arab Youth forum took place in Fez, Morocco hosted by the European Youth Forum, the League of Arab States and the Council of Europe. 36 participants from Europe and 80 from the Arab Region gathered to discuss the main goal and topic of the forum: “Overcoming hate speech together”. Therefore, various expert speakers and workshops were planned to address this matter. Lukas Findeisen (AFS Germany) member of the… Read the full article

EFIL joins the Voice of the Youth of the Sahel

More than 75 young people from the countries of the Sahel region (Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania and Niger), Europe and the Maghreb, as well as African diasporas based in Europe met in Bamako, Mali from 3 to 6 June 2017 in the framework of a dialogue between the youth of the Sahel and the institutions of their country. EFIL Pool of Representatives member, Alexandra Singpiel, was part of the European delegation and attended the… Read the full article

Erasmus +: working on the post 2021 scenario

As announced at the end of 2016, the discussions on the future of Erasmus+ after 2020 are starting this year, at the same time as the mid-term evaluation of the programme. EFIL has contributed to the consultation on the mid-term evaluation and is taking part in the meetings organised by the Erasmus+ civil society coalition put together by the Lifelong Learning Platform and the European Youth Forum. Furthermore, EFIL has joined the expert group on… Read the full article

European Solidarity Corps: let’s make it a great opportunity!

The European Commission is now piloting the European Solidarity Corps (ESC), using eight different programmes, each one with its own legal basis, objectives and budget (Erasmus+, EaSI, LIFE, Asylum and Migration Fund, Health programme, the Europe for Citizens programme, European Regional Development Fund, Agricultural Fund for Rural Development). In order to create a separate ESC programme, at the end of May the European Commission released a proposal for a regulation establishing the European Solidarity Corps. Now the negotiations start with the European Parliament… Read the full article

EPOR core group meeting in Prague

Every two years the European Pool of Representatives (EPOR) core group, namely EFIL’s Advocacy co-ordinator and the members of the EPOR who hold permanent positions, meet at the EFIL General Assembly (GA). The objective to hold the meeting attached to the GA is to give visibility to the efforts done in the field of advocacy, ensure that the representatives are up to date with the latest strategic developments in the network, and allow for an… Read the full article

EFIL celebrating 30 years of Erasmus at the European Youth Week

On 3 and 4 May the European Youth Week took place in Brussels. The members of EFIL’s European Pool of Representatives, Simone Muhlbach (AFS Belgium French), Hannes Verdegem and Lynn Bemus (AFS Belgium Flanders), attended the conference this time on behalf of EFIL. The motto of the event was: “Shape it, move it, be it”.   Participants were invited to celebrate the 30 years of Erasmus+ by hearing inspiring stories of “change-makers” in the field of youth… Read the full article

EFIL at the Council of Europe conference ‘Learning how to Live Together: a Shared Commitment to Democracy’

Lynn Bemus (AFS Belgium Flanders), member of EFIL´s European Pool of Representatives, represented EFIL at the Council of Europe’s conference “Learning how to Live Together: a Shared Commitment to Democracy” from the 20 to the 22 of June 2017 in Strasbourg, France. The conference’s main focus was the Charter on Education for Human Rights and Democratic Citizenship, which was designed in 2010 by the Council of Europe. Over 600 participants from different sectors such as governments,… Read the full article

EU key competences framework: revision almost completed!

EFIL is closely following the process of revision of the EU key competences framework. We have issued a position paper and contributed to the public consultation. We were also invited to a conference held on 14 June for in-person consultation between the European Commission and relevant stakeholders. This was a great chance to voice the need for a clear definition of intercultural competence and culture in the new framework, in order to make sure that the… Read the full article

Lifelong Learning Platform Conference and General Assembly 2017

Every year in spring, EFIL attends the Annual Conference and General Assembly of the Lifelong Learning Platform. This year it was in Tallinn, Estonia, from 31 May to 2 June. This year the topic was Education in a Digital World, in view of the drafting of a platform’s policy paper on digital learning and the focus of the upcoming Estonian Presidency of the EU. For EFIL this was a great occasion to get input for the… Read the full article