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

#EUSolidarityCorps Photo Contest “My magical end of the year European Solidarity Corps moment ”

Take part in the European Solidarity Corps Photo Contest and have a chance to win a European Solidarity Corps promotion kit. The central question of our contest in the ninth round is:

What is your magical end of the year European Solidarity Corps moment?

How can you share your photo?

  1. You are registered on the European Solidarity Corps Portal on the European Youth Portal
  2. Login with your credentials
  3. Upload up to 5 pictures and give a brief explanation of the picture, stating why it represents your end of the year magical moment
  4. Make sure that you have the consent of all the people in the photo
  5. Please note that we are looking for photos to represent ideals, values and the true spirit of the European Solidarity Corps in activities since 7th December 2016.

The contest is open to young people between 18 and 31 registered on the European Solidarity Corps Portal who have already experienced a volunteering activity.

Up to five monthly winners will receive a European Solidarity Corps promotion kit and a voucher of a value of 100 €. In addition, a single picture of the month will be selected as the winner of the month. The person, who submits the winning photo of the month, will be receive an Interrail ticket to travel to seven EU destinations for the maximum of one month or a voucher of the same value.

Show us what you have explored and experienced during your European Solidarity Corps activity and you could be one of the lucky winners!

The ninth round of the #EUSolidarityCorps Photo Contest opens on 3rd  December 2019!

Interested in what is coming up in the next months? Then, check out and participate:​

  • Round 10 – January 2020 – T-shirt design contest
  • Round 11 – April 2020 – photo contest ‘environment’
  • Round 12 – May 2020 – song contest
  • Round 13 – September 2020 – photo contest ‘elderly’
  • Round 14 – October 2020 – drawings / sketches contest
  • Round 15 – February 2021 – photo contest ‘children’
  • Round 16 – March 2021 – video contest

Read the full Terms & Conditions

18 years old? Get a chance to travel around Europe with DiscoverEU!

A great European Union initiative which will be giving, for the fourth time, at least to 20.000 young people the opportunity to travel across Europe.

Almost 50.000 young people have been awarded a travel pass since the first application round of DiscoverEU in June 2018. For this round, all EU Member state nationals who are 18 years old on 31 December 2019 (born between 1st January 2001, included, and 31st December 2001 included) are eligible to participate, provided they did not win in a previous round of applications. Unsuccessful applicants from previous round may apply again, provided that they are still eligible (still 18 years old).

The next round will take place between Thursday 7 November 2019 at 12:00 (CET) and Thursday 28 November 2019 at 12:00 (CET).

It’s both for individuals and groups (of maximum 5 people) and in case of groups a group leader needing to be appointed; he will fill in the application form and participates in the quiz and tie-breaker question on behalf of the group members. Any individual is a potential group leader and can invite up to 4 people to join him.

Application procedure:

  • From November 7th to November 28th (both 12 noon CET), entrants can fill in their ID or passport number on the online application form;
  • If they win they need to start their journey in one of the EU Member States (can be a different country than their home country).
  • Plan to travel from 1 day and up to one month;
  • Plan to travel minimum 1 day and up to 30 days between 1 April 2020 and 31 October 2020 (last return date);
  • Participants must be willing to become a DiscoverEU Ambassador and report back on their travel experiences, for example through social media tools like Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using #DiscoverEU. They may also contribute within their communities, through events such as presentations in local schools.

The basic rule is that each participant will be entitled to a travel pass worth EUR 258. Travel will only be in 2nd class.
However, this amount can be higher in the exceptional cases referred to below:

  • For participants travelling from the outermost regions to mainland Europe. Once the participants land on the continent, the basic rule applies;
  • For participants outside the above-mentioned outermost regions who are entitled to travel by plane to mainland Europe. Once on the continent, the basic rule applies;
  • In some specific situations to be assessed on a case-by-case basis an extra journey by train/ferry/coach, might be covered;
  • For participants with reduced mobility and/or special needs. Costs of special assistance (accompanying person, dog for visually impaired participants, etc.) might be covered based on the appropriate documents for justifying their special needs, as required under the national law of the residence Member State. All costs will be assessed on a case by case basis according to their needs.

You can also organise meet-ups and combine travel plans with other DiscoverEU travellers via the DiscoverEU Facebook Group.

Successful applicants will be notified in mid-January 2020.

As in the previous calls, Eurodesk will provide first-level assistance for young people in their application process through the European Youth Portal, while also promoting DiscoverEU via all communication channels. Travel arrangements/technical issues will be handled by an external contractor and the European Commission.

For more information:

– Eurodesk Opportunity Finder
– Eurodesk Profile Directory
– European Youth Portal 
– European Commission  – Press release

Eurodesk Social Media Competition

Terms and Conditions for Eurodesk Social Media Competition

In order to qualify for the Eurodesk Giveaways you have to:

  • Follow the steps indicated in the description of the post.
  • Maintain the like/post/share/tag until 48h after the competition.
  • We use Google’s Random Generator to select our winners. If you are selected you will be contacted by Eurodesk within 72h of the competition.
  • Once contacted you will have a certain amount of time to reply.
  • Employees of Eurodesk Brussels Link cannot participate.

Our contests are in no way sponsored, endorsed or administrated by Instagram nor Facebook.

Thank you for participating in our social media competition!

Good luck!

Time to Move T-shirt Contest 2019

The Time to Move T-shirt contest returns in 2019! If you are at least 13 years old and not more than 30, design a Time to Move themed T-shirt that best represents the spirit of the campaign, share it with us and have a chance to travel around Europe on train!

Choose any technique you think would look good on a T-shirt. Take a photo, create an illustration digitally, draw by hand on paper or use only text, you can compete with any creation. To enter the contest, add some basic information about yourself, upload your creation as an image and write a title.

Please do not include the layout of the T-shirt in the file you submit to the contest. Submit only the design that you have created.

Participants are grouped into two categories:

  1. Contestants aged between 13 to 19
  2. Contestants aged between 20 to 30

The contest runs until 31 October 2019. After the closing, Eurodesk will choose one creation among participants aged between 13 and 19 and one creation among participants aged between 20 to 30 and announce them as winners.

On this page you have the chance to vote for your favourite design. Eurodesk will select one winner from the creations with the 10 most votes on the public voting.

Additionally, Eurodesk will choose 5 more contestants with outstanding creations.

The winners will receive the following prizes:

  • The winners of the first places in the two categories will each receive an Interrail Global Pass that can be used for 7 days within 1 month.
  • The public voting winner will receive an Eastpak luggage.
  • The 5 contestants with outstanding creations will receive an Eastpak backpack each.

Download the full terms and conditions.

 Good luck!

“Time to Move” Campaign

H Πανευρωπαϊκή Εκστρατεία του Eurodesk “Time to Move” έχει ήδη ξεκινήσει!

Για 6η συνεχόμενη φορά φέτος για όλο τον Οκτώβριο με στόχο την ενημέρωση των νέων για Ευρωπαϊκά Προγράμματα, σχέδια εθελοντισμού και γενικά ευκαιρίες κινητικότητας.

The Pan-European Campaign of Eurodesk “Time to Move” is being organized for the 6th consecutive year on October with the aim of keeping up to date young people with the European Programs, volunteering projects and general mobility opportunities.

The Youth Board of Cyprus, as the responsible agency for the operation of “Eurodesk Cyprus”, is planning, along with its network of multipliers and associates, many activities and events, through which you will have the opportunity to explore (the rest of) Europe, to find out how to take part in European Programs such as Erasmus + and the European Solidarity Corps and take part in various competitions!

All pan-European events are presented at http://www.timetomove.info

Join us at the “Time to Move” events to learn about mobility, study, volunteering and job opportunities abroad!!