#DiscoverEU photo & video #Competition

Take part in the DiscoverEU Competition and get a chance to win amazing prizes. There will be one competition per month, starting on 1 July and ending on 28 February 2021. The central theme of our competition is:

Expand your comfort zone with #DiscoverEU, even if at home!

July theme : Recreate your favourite piece of European culture in a photo or a video!

  1. Share your photo or short video (max. 15 seconds) on your public Instagram
  2. Add the #DiscoverEU and #Competition hashtags in your post.
  3. Tag the European Youth Instagram account @european_youth_eu on the photo or on the social media post
  4. Fill in the survey at: https://europa.eu/youth/discovereu/competition/consent (you will need your application code for that, it can be found in the email you received right after applying to DiscoverEU)
  5. Ask your friends to ‘like’ your photo/video

The competition is only open to the young people who applied to one of the #DiscoverEU application rounds in 2018 and 2019 (selected and non-selected participants).

The winners will receive a prize worth of 100 EUR.

Be creative, be fun and share your favourite piece of European culture – you could be one of the lucky winners!

Read the full Terms & Conditions

Source: European Youth Portal

Annual Overview 2019

The Eurodesk Annual Overview 2019 provides a comprehensive summary of the achievements of the network as a whole and Eurodesk structures at national level. It contains the key areas of work such as information and outreach to young people, communication and promotion activities like Time to Move, and our partnerships to advocate for youth information work.

If we take a look back at the year 2019, the Eurodesk network is currently present in 36 countries, with 38 coordinating offices and 1683 multipliers and ambassadors. The network’s main website had 12,000,000 visits and a total of 520,000 youth questions were answered.

If we take a look back at the year 2019, the Eurodesk network is located in 36 countries, with 38 coordinating offices and 1683 multipliers and ambassadors. The network’s main website had 12,000,000 visits and a total of 520,000 youth questions were answered.

Whatever your question, start with us!

#startwithus #eurodesk

Greening Youth Information Services

Eurodesk and ERYICA have joined forces to provide the youth information sector with guidelines and background on greening their services and supporting young people in their environmental ambitions. The result of this work, the Greening Youth Information Services guide will be presented online on World Environment Day.

The Publication:

The aim of youth information is not only to respond to the needs, interests and requests of young people but also to anticipate their needs and develop preventive measures accordingly. The aim of the guide is to explore the role of youth information work in the context of the climate emergency, as well as to provide concrete tips and examples of good practices when it comes to designing and providing greener youth information services. The guide provides examples for youth information services on how to inform, engage and empower young people on environmental sustainability. The objective is also to raise awareness about the importance of greener youth information strategies and youth programmes among service providers and policymakers. The publication is complemented with policy recommendations, examples of non-formal education activities and a green glossary.

The Event:

You can meet the authors and contributors of the guide during the online launch event on 5 June 15:00-17:00 CΥ time.
The speakers will include the presidents of ERYICA and Eurodesk, Jaana Fedotoff and Ingrida Jotkaite, the young climate activist, Anuna de Wever, authors of the publication and promoters of good practices. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions from each of them.

The event will walk you through the publication, its structure and several of its good practices.

The first 100 applicants can take part in the event via Zoom and ask questions from the speakers. The event will also be streamed on Facebook, where all other interested participants can attend.

Time: 5 June 2020, 14:00-16:00 CY time
Place: Online (Zoom and Facebook Live)
Register for the event here.

10 things to think about when organising your online meeting

The COVID-19 circumstances that require us to practice self-distancing and teleworking have challenged many youth support structures in Europe to rethink their outreach approach. Our multipliers are taking their usual face-to-face activities online and organising events, meetings and guidance services virtually. To support them we prepared this article that we are now sharing with you. We hope that these tips will help you when organising your events and meetings online.

Organising big online meetings might be a new experience for you, but don’t fear, like most conversations, it is all about having a structure, a goal and keeping it simple. Make sure to have an agenda to your meeting and know what your purpose is, whether to inform, consult, discuss or collaborate. When it comes to the conversation, make sure to discuss one thing at a time to keep everyone on track. Sometimes easier said than done. There are some creative options to support you in structuring your conversation, the input you receive and at the same time visually summarize the outcomes. Tools such as collaborative word processing programmes (Google Docs, Microsoft Teams), a Padlet or if you are really up for it, the virtual whiteboard Miro, all work to support you in visualising your conversation. All of these tools can be accessible by participants during the meeting and you can choose whether to allow them to edit, comment or just view. By having everything visual and summarised it is easier for everyone to follow, even the late drop-ins.

2. Your Dream Team
Have a team of people to organise the meeting – divide tasks such as Facilitator of the meeting, Moderator of the comment field, Technical assistance for presentations and management of virtual tools. This will make it easier for everyone involved!

3. Rules of Engagement
Suggest ground rules for all participants – send out the ground rules before the call and place the ground rules in the chatbox for all to see. Here are a few examples:

Decide on a procedure for how to “raise your hand.” Some meeting tools such as Zoom already have these moderation functions integrated.
Always state your name before speaking.
Speak loud and clear but stay muted if you’re not speaking.
Respect each other in this call and comment field.

4. Duration and Timing
Keep meetings less than an hour if possible. Several short meetings are generally better than one long one. If you need to have a long one make sure to include breaks. You can use a visible timer for breaks, but also for discussions or interventions. Google offers a countdown timer through their browser, but if you want to spice up your breaks, how about searching for one with music on YouTube, or creating your own.

5. Engagement
Keeping your audience listening and engaged doesn’t always have to require magic tricks. Support your intervention with slides or videos and allow time for conversations to be held, Q&A’s and discussions are often appreciated. If you want to take your engagement to another level you can always involve gamification. Add quizzes, a game of True or False, Bingo or perhaps some Myth Busters to your presentation. There are many tools to support you such as Kahoot!, Mentimeter and Sli.do.

6. Discussions
There are several ways to ask for input from participants, of course, you have the comment field and you can organise a speakers list, but there are other methods that can facilitate more engagement. Create a poll with questions, use a word cloud function or organise a brainstorming. Make sure to pick the methodology that supports your objective and the size of your group. To support you there are several virtual tools that you can use, here is a suggestion of a few:

Brainstorming: Padlet, Miro Virtual Whiteboard, Google Docs, Here are some Brainstorming techniques that can help you along the way.
Poll: Google Forms, SurveyMonkey, Mentimeter, Sli.do
Word Cloud: Mentimeter, Sli.do

7. Testimonials
It’s always great to hear from us but sometimes involving experts or peers or those who have a personal experience to share can boost the dynamics of the session. Make them a panellist in your video conference, a Guest on Facebook Live or invite them as a friend on Instagram Live and you can split the screen for your viewers to see.

8. Get to know each other and Icebreakers
Everyone needs an energy-boosting activity every now and then or activity to break the ice. Include an icebreaker where you see fit. Here’s a list of icebreakers for online meetings.

9. Evaluate and Follow-up
Don’t forget to evaluate – ask your participants for their feedback so that you can improve for the next meeting. And remember, just because your virtual event is over it doesn’t mean your audience engagement has to be. Send a follow-up email informing your audience where they can engage with you further.

10. Have a back-up
Essentially, stay calm, but be prepared for challenges. Have backup plans for your activities, tools, timing and panellists.

Good luck with your next event!

COVID-19 Information

What is the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness. The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes. On 11 March 2020, the WHO declared that the world is facing a pandemic due to the severity and fast spread of the COVID-19 virus. Source: WHO

How can you contribute to stop the spread of the virus?

To fight off this disease, every single person is asked to take precautionary measures. The WHO listed 7 actions you can follow to contribute to stop the spreading of the virus. Watch the video to get to know them.

When getting informed about the spread of the virus, always refer to reliable and up-to-date sources, such as the WHO’s COVID-19 information page. You can also follow the European countries’ national information pages about the disease.

Be aware: many malicious and inaccurate posts are shared on social media about the virus. When sharing any content on these channels, always double-check the validity of the information claimed.

What are the measures taken by the EU Member States?

The European Union coronavirus response page gives you more information about the EU’s efforts. Specific preventative and reactive actions however are different on a Member State basis. You can read more about how each country reacted to the pandemic on the national authorities pages. Many of the countries closed their borders to foreigners. You can get updated information on each Member State via the EU’s Coronavirus response: Transport measures page. The EU set up a page to inform citizens about their passengers rights during the time of the outbreak.

What effect the COVID-19 pandemic has on EU youth initiatives?

There are travel and assembling restrictions in most EU countries to prevent the spread of the virus. This of course also applies to any EU youth initiatives. The EU therefore cancelled, postponed or rescheduled many initiatives that were supposed to happen during the Spring months. Below you can find more information on each initiative.

European Youth Event

Postponed until further notice.

Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange

Projects are ongoing.

DiscoverEU 5th round of applications is postponed

On 12 March 2020, it was announced on the European Commission’s DiscoverEU website that DiscoverEU was postponed until further notice, due to the situation across Europe with the coronavirus pandemic.

We will post more information as it becomes available.

If you have already been awarded a DiscoverEU pass, and have questions about travelling, you will need to contact the scheme organiser. If you are concerned about COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we recommend referring to CY Foreign Office advice.


DiscoverEU is back, with even more travel passes!-5th Edition

Are you 18 years old? Are you up for an adventure? If yes, get ready to explore other countries by applying for DiscoverEU, a European Union initiative giving young people the opportunity to travel.

Almost 70,000 young people have received a travel pass since the first application round in 2018. Another round (5th) is taking place from Thursday 12 March 2020 1 pm (CY time) until Thursday 26 March 2020 1 pm (CY time), with 30,000 passes available.

For the most part you will be travelling by rail, but the DiscoverEU pass also covers alternatives such as buses or ferries. In exceptional cases, travel by plane is permitted to ensure that young people living in remote areas or on islands can take part.

Who can apply?

You can only apply for DiscoverEU if you:

  • are 18 years old on 30 June 2020, i.e. born between 1 July 2001 (included) and 30 June 2002 (included);
  • have the nationality of one of the Member States of the European Union;
  • fill in your correct ID or passport number on the online application form;

If awarded, you can travel for a period of minimum one day and up to 30 days between 1 July 2020 and 28 February 2021.

Young people with special needs are welcome to participate in DiscoverEU. They will be helped with information and tips, and costs of special assistance might be covered.

Note: If you travelled with DiscoverEU in the previous application rounds, then you are not eligible to apply for this round.

How do I apply?

The online application is on the European Youth Portal from Thursday 12 March 2020 at 1 pm (CY time) until Thursday 26 March 2020 at 1 pm (CY time).

You will need to provide your personal data and give details about how you will prepare for your trip. There will be five multiple choice quiz questions on European culture and diversity as well as on EU youth initiatives targeting young people. Finally, you will need to answer a subsidiary question, which will allow DiscoverEU to rank applications.

You must have a valid passport when you apply for DiscoverEU.

Can I travel with my friends?

You can go solo or add up to four friends in your group provided they meet the eligibility conditions above. You can indicate this in your application form.

If you decide to travel as part of a group, a group leader must be appointed on the group’s behalf before you submit any application. The group leader fills in the application form, including the quiz questions and the subsidiary question. S/he will receive a code when submitting the application, which s/he should then communicate to the maximum four additional group members in order to allow them to register. Based on the code provided by the group leader, the remaining group members can then register online and fill in their personal data. All group members need to click on the “submit” button in order to be registered.


Are there any other travel opportunities?

Yes, opportunities to travel come in many different forms! There are European programmes where you could have travel expenses covered, and sometimes accommodation and even pocket money. For example, if you are interested in volunteering or working abroad, you can sign up for the European Solidarity Corps. Find all the opportunities available for you on the Eurodesk Opportunity Finder.


Eurodesk turns 30: a year of celebrations

Eurodesk welcomes 2020 and the new decade with a year-long celebration of its 30th anniversary.

The story of Eurodesk started in 1990 as a small regional project in Scotland aimed to develop a new information service related to European youth exchanges. With the mission “of raising awareness among young people on mobility opportunities and of encouraging them to become active citizens”, the Eurodesk network now counts 1100 youth experts in 36 countries among its members.

The journey of discovering your strengths is a life-long process. Our potential is to challenge those new difficulties that every decade brings in and help people at their young age to make their decisions easier because we already believe in them, states the Eurodesk President, Ingrida Jotkaitė.

2020 represents a milestone for the network, therefore numerous offline and online activities have been planned across the year, opening with the Eurodesk 30 reception, which took place on the 23rd of January in the Eurodesk Brussels Link office.

Different celebrations will follow. June will be the month of the Eurodesk Awards, while October will feature the new edition the Eurodesk’s flagship campaign, Time to Move, which will offer the chance to celebrate with young people.

With the aim of cherishing the past, while embracing the necessary changes for the future, the Green Eurodesk publication will be out this year, with recommendations on how youth work can be more sustainable in Europe. The revamped European Youth Portal, realised in close collaboration with the European Commission, will also be released in 2020.

A lot has changed in the last thirty years. The history of Eurodesk mirrors the evolution of the youth information field and of the European project. Both curious stakeholders and young people are invited to travel through the 30th anniversary timeline that uncovers turning points and achievements from the history of Eurodesk and the youth field in the European Union in the last three decades.

For further information and updates please visit the Eurodesk website and follow Eurodesk on the main social media channels.eurodesk30_sign_a4

Youth Network Event European Parliament, Brussels 16-17 March 2020

How can the European Parliament better engage with youth organisations?
How can the European Parliament communicate better with young people?
How can the European Parliament better support you and the work of your organisation?
How can the European Parliament and youth organisations create together a European public space, a community where both can exchange and support each other?

During this second edition, the European Parliament would like to work together to further develop some of these ideas and turn them into fully-fledged project proposals.
All the project proposals will be collected into a report of the event and the most concrete and realistic project ideas resulting from the event may be implemented by the Youth Outreach Unit.

The event will be held at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.
The programme of the event is currently under preparation and will be finalised in February.

The draft outline is as follows:
– 16 March – arrivals in the morning. Afternoon – visit of the Parliament Hemicycle and presentation on how the Parliament works. Networking drink in the evening;
– 17 March – working groups 09.00 to 18.00;
– 18 March – departure.

The language of the event is English.

Who can participate
The European Parliament will select 40 young people representing youth organisations from all EU Member States.
Selected participants’ accommodation and travel will be arranged and covered by the organisers.
Lunch will be provided on 17 March, as well as a networking drink (most probably on the evening of 16 March).

Nota bene: The European Parliament will only select staff (paid or volunteers) of youth organisations, not  NGOs that happen to have some projects aimed at youth for instance, nor other civil society organisations, schools etc.

Deadline to apply: 2 February 2020, 23:00 CET.

For questions, please contact: [email protected]

Find out more here.

Instagram photo contest #EYE2020

Join our Instagram photo contest and you could win an invite to the EYE.

If you love photography and have an Instagram account, take your mobile phone and join our contest.

The winners will be invited to the EYE 2020 in Strasbourg.

The rules are simple:

  • Simply share a photo with ‘the future is now for…’ slogan
  • Tag @europeanparliament@ep_eye  and add the hashtag #eye2020
  • Tell us what matters most to you and where the EU’s efforts should focus. If you need inspiration, take a look at the following examples.

We will pick four (4) winners and a fifth (5) winner will be chosen from the most liked photos among the weekly regrams on the Parliament’s account. All five winners will be invited to EYE2020 in Strasburg.

The competition runs until 2 March. Find more info about the rules on the Instagram page of the EYE and the European Parliament.

European Youth Event 2020

Take part in the European Youth Event (EYE) in Strasbourg on 29-30 May and help shape the future of Europe with other young Europeans.

Are you young and passionate about the environment, opportunities for young people or the future of Europe? We have just the event for you.

Every two years, thousands of young Europeans gather in Strasbourg for the European Youth Event to share their ideas for the future of Europe. The EYE offers young people a chance to have a voice in European democracy. Some 9,000 Europeans aged 16 to 30 are expected to take part; to share their ideas about the future of Europe and discuss them with MEPs and other European decision makers.

This year marks the fourth edition. It takes place on 29-30 May 2020 in Strasbourg. The theme is “the future is now” and the programme includes:

  • environment
  • migration
  • Brexit
  • education
  • technology
  • health.

The programme will also include new formats such as sports activities and a special event for young journalists.

The ideas put forward during the event will be gathered in a report and shared with MEPs. The best ideas will be discussed with parliamentary committees in the autumn.

How to take part?

You can register for EYE2020 until 29 February. All you need to do is gather a group of minimum 10 participants and fill in the online form.

The event is open to all Europeans aged 16 to 30. Participation is free, but participants have to cover their own costs for transportation, accommodation and meals.

Croatian EU Council Presidency: 1st January-30th June 2020

As of 1st January 2020, Croatia is holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first time since its accession to the EU in 2013.
It will be the last of a Trio Presidency, composed of Romania, Finland and Croatia.
Under the motto “A strong Europe in a world of challenges”, the Croatian presidency programme focuses on four main areas:

  • A Europe that develops
  • A Europe that connects
  • A Europe that protects
  • An influential Europe

The Croatian Presidency will encourage policies which strengthen infrastructural connectivity of the Union and bring together its citizens, primarily through sports, education, and culture.

One of its main priorities will be using sports to connect people of all generations, strengthening informal skills, especially of young people, and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

The country is part of a trio Presidency – along with Romania (1 January – 30 June 2019) and Finland (July-December 2019) – which will work together over an 18-month period, on the basis of a common programme.

On 1 July 2013, Croatia became the twenty-eighth member of the European Union.

Read more:
Croatian presidency website
Programme of the Croatian presidency
Provisional calendar of meetings under Croatia’s presidency

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