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Most interesting excepts from the closing debate in Edinburgh, with major European issues, such as climate change, economic crisis and the Lisbon treaty, EU agenda through British perspective and the latest developments in the UK politics and their influence on the European elections. Our panel included Mr Struan STEVENSON, MEP (Conservative), Ms Elspeth ATTWOOLL, MEP (Liberal Democrats) and Kirsty CONNELL (Labour); moderated by Dragan Stojanovski, President of AEGEE.

Check out the Y Vote UK blog at http://uktour2009.wordpress… and don’t forget to vote at the European Parliament Elections, June 4 – 7, 2009!!!!

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!!!

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Dear Young Europeans,

The European Parliament elections are taking place right now – between June 4 and June 7. Y Vote 2009, AEGEE’s nine-months-long, Europe-wide effort to persuade first-time voters to make informed choices at the elections, is summing up the results of our work, at the final convention in Edinburgh.

Today we present you the 4th part of the list of issues that in our opinion matter the most for young people and Europe, and our expectations for positive changes in the next five years. We hope that you will spread them around your friends, family and beyond, and that they will help you in making your choice on the Election Day.

Today’s topic is: Why Vote on Europe in the world?

The document is available in 10 languages:

Dutch | English | German | Greek | Hungarian | Italian | Polish | Romanian | Slovenian | Spanish

Why vote on Europe in the World?

Because the European Union today:

–    Serves as global role model in tackling climate change through its own measures and international efforts, supports the use of renewable energy and promotes sustainable consumption and production behavioral changes to ensure sustainable development
–    Leads the way as the world’s biggest provider of development aid, helping democracy, human rights and market economy to function in practical terms in the emerging societies around the globe, and contributing to the fight against extreme poverty and diseases, aftermaths of conflicts and natural disasters and for the fulfillment of the millennium development goals

Our vote can make a difference
. In next five years we want European Union to:

–    Work closely together with them Members States on a common approach in foreign policy and more active role in tackling global political concerns and security threats.
–    Enhance its role in offering assistance and cooperation to the developing world, particularly in particularly in fighting poverty and climate change and supporting environmental protection and fairer trade regulations.
–    Support the cooperation with the other parts of the world in the area of youth work, as a further form for both promotion of European values and the European assistance to the emerging civil societies.

Check out the Y Vote UK blog at https://uktour2009.wordpress.com and don’t forget to vote!!!!

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Dear Young Europeans,

The European Parliament elections are taking place in few days – between June 4 and June 7. Y Vote 2009, AEGEE’s nine-months-long, Europe-wide effort to persuade first-time voters to make informed choices at the elections, is summing up the results of our work, at the final convention in Edinburgh.

Today we present you the third part of the list of issues that in our opinion matter the most for young people and Europe, and our expectations for positive changes in the next five years. We hope that you will spread them around your friends, family and beyond, and that they will help you in making your choice on the Election Day.

Today’s topic is: Why Vote on diversity, citizenship and participation?

The document is available in 9 languages:

Bulgarian | English | French | German | Greek | Italian | Polish | Romanian | Slovenian

Why vote on diversity, citizenship and participation?

Because the European Union today:

–    Promotes the universal core of European culture, by offering variety of programmes supporting young cultural workers in a variety of fields, while cultural policy remains a national competence, ensuring European cultural diversity.
–    Fosters active European citizenship and participation of citizens in the decision making and promotes the values and rights of being a European Citizen – namely, democracy, rule of law, free market economy, social solidarity, equality, tolerance and social inclusion.
–    Provides financial aid and resources to support nongovernmental organizations and organized and unorganized youth activism and community work with both local and European outlook.

Our vote can make a difference. In next five years we want European Union to:

–    Increase the efforts in the promotion of existing and future cultural policy programmes to reach a broader audience and increase possibility to participate and further support the diversity of arts, while paying special attention to popular and marginalized culture
–    Extend the range of stakeholders involved to bring the structured dialogue with youth closer to grassroots and more familiar to young people. The EU should create nurturing environment for youth participation, tackling social, economic and educational obstacles for active youth citizenship, and enhancing flow of information towards young people
–    Enhance its competences in protecting fundamental rights as sharing common rights makes a community. The EU should invest in education for Fundamental Rights as empowered Citizenship is being aware of your fundamental rights.

Check out the Y Vote UK blog at https://uktour2009.wordpress.com and don’t forget to vote!!!!

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Dear Young Europeans,

The European Parliament elections are taking place in less than a week – between June 4 and June 7. Y Vote 2009, AEGEE’s nine-months-long, Europe-wide effort to persuade first-time voters to make informed choices at the elections is summing up the results of our work, at the final convention in Edinburgh.

Today we present you the second part of the list of issues that in our opinion matter the most for young people and Europe, and our expectations for positive changes in the next five years. We hope that you will spread them around your friends, family and beyond, and that they will help you in making your choice on the Election Day.

Today’s topic is: Why Vote on Jobs and Social Security?

The document is available in 11 languages:

Bulgarian | Dutch | English | French | German | Greek | Italian | Polish | Romanian | Slovenian | Spanish

Why vote on jobs and social security?

Because the European Union today:
–    Works to provide opportunities for youth employment, social and occupational cohesion and reconciliation between professional and family life through cross-sectoral approach to developing and implementing youth policies in the European Youth Pact, while maintaining a dialogue with the young people
–    Provides the opportunities for labor mobility by easing administrative barriers, spreading information, promoting language learning and offering financial aid for working abroad.
–    Promotes and encourages youth entrepreneurship and expanding and introducing entrepreneurial education programmes, particularly in the international context (through Erasmus for Entrepreneurs or Leonardo da Vinci programmes)

Our vote can make a difference. In next five years we want European Union to:
–    Invest more funds and resources in encouraging labor mobility for young people, particularly by designing more integrated language learning policy and expanding the scope and spread of the European employment services.
–    Work for the proper implementation of the flexicurity concepts with effective labor market policies. Within this framework, a minimum standard should be introduced on the EU level, ensuring this transition is effective for youth, whilst allowing the freedom of all Member States to adapt these labor market policies to their own conditions.
–    Fight against precarious job conditions for young people, taking away the certainty and fulfillment that long term employment brings, as well for improving the working conditions of young people and give fair and higher salaries to young people and ensure reasonable working hours. Youth should have better access to full-time contracts within the framework of flexicurity, both for inter- and intra-state mobility.

Check out the Y Vote UK blog at https://uktour2009.wordpress.com and don’t forget to vote!!!!

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Dear Young Europeans,

the European Parliament elections are taking place in less than a week – between June 4 and June 7. Y Vote 2009, AEGEE’s nine-months-long, Europe-wide effort to persuade first-time voters to make informed choices at the elections is summing up the results of our work, at the final convention in Edinburgh.

In next five days we will present you a list of issues that in our opinion matter the most for young people and Europe, and our expectations for positive changes in the next five years. We hope that you will spread them around your friends, family and beyond, and that they will help you in making your choice on the Election Day.

Today’s topic is: Why Vote on Education and Mobility?

The document is available in 10 languages:

Dutch | English | French | German | Greek | Italian | Polish | Romanian | Slovenian | Spanish

Why vote on education and mobility?

Because the European Union today:

–    Supports the higher education reforms in Europe, promotes learning mobility in schools and at universities, promotes lifelong learning and entrepreneurship. The European Union invests in all forms of education aiming at competent and competitive professionals and responsible and active citizens
–    Fosters the creation of the European higher education area, and the proper implementation of the recognition instruments (such as European Credit Transfer System) enabling young Europeans to exercise fully one of the basic European freedoms, freedom of movement
–    Supports youth work and student activism providing education experience and mobility for young people, particularly with a disadvantaged   backgrounds, namely through the Youth in Action Programme.
–    Promotes language learning to maintain the European cultural richness and enable young Europeans to fully participate in the borderless European society.

Our vote can make a difference. In next five years we want the European Union to:

–    Work for increased participation in learning mobility programmes by bringing more information to young people, across the social spectrum and ensure more and equally accessible funding opportunities for learning experience abroad.
–    Promote youth creativity and initiative and provide new opportunities for entrepreneurial experience aboard, and promote more entrepreneurship education and apprenticeship opportunities for young people, as well as to ensure the quality of internships and other in-office placements for young people.
–    Support further higher education reforms targeted at both answering to labor market needs and societal obligations and promote further flexible learning paths and educational catch-up for disadvantaged social groups.

Check out the Y Vote UK blog at https://uktour2009.wordpress.com and don’t forget to vote!!!!

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Day 1 & 2

During the day, the Y Vote tour bus and all other participants & organizers arrived to the excellent 4-star-hotel in the center of Edinburgh which is the venue of the very last Y Vote convention. Surprisingly we were also welcomed by really nice weather – sun, sun, sun!

After everybody had checked in and seen the really beautiful rooms, we had dinner in our hotel and then went out to discover a bit the nightlife of Edinburgh.

As some of us already had been to the city before or even lived there, we didn’t have problems to find our way. Finally we went to a pub where we got to know eachother while drinking beer in a relaxed atmosphere. Unfortunately after some time many of us got very tired as they hadn’t slept a lot during the previous days – either because they were already participants of the last part of the UK tour or because they had been to Brussels from May 23rd to 28th for “Sparks of Future”.

So we decided to come back to the hotel quite early and enjoy sleeping in our nice beds before the content part of the event would start the next morning.

After this relaxing night and the nice breakfast buffet, the registration desk opened at 09:30 the next day. After the payments were done and everybody also registered at THE Agency’s desk – an agency that offers a new and innovative concept of matchmaking service within the AEGEE network :), the event started officially with an introduction to the Y Vote 2009 project and an explanation of the aims of this specific convention.

The first workshop slot was dealing with the topic of Education & Mobility/Research & Innovation. Basically we analysed the results of the conventions that were dealing with this topic – Y Vote on Education in Budapest and Y Vote on Jobs and Mobility in Rome, then we summarized the good practices in this field as well as the recommendations for the future.

After a coffee break at midday, we had another workshop session in the same style, dealing with the topic of Creativity & Entrepreneurship/Youth Employment. This time the results of the conventions Y Vote on Creativity in Munich and Y Vote on Jobs and Mobility in Rome were the base of our outcomes.

Group work

Group work

After a nice lunch buffet, we had to run to the Scottish parlament to be in time for our guided tour there. On our way there we saw the city already preparing for Sunday’s marathon.

Edinburgh city center

Edinburgh city center

The Scottish parliament is a very new and modern building with an amazing architecture and during our tour we also got to know how it works.

In front of the Scottish Parliament

In front of the Scottish Parliament

After this interesting visit we went back to our hotel and finished the “working day” with translating our results of the first workshop slot into our mother tongues – so Spanish, Dutch, Greek, Slovenian, Italian, German, Polish and Romanian.

After this quite exhausting and long-lasting procedure some of us had the chance to go to the hotel’s swimming pool whereas the others were using the time before dinner to check their emails and work on other projects.

The day was closed with a nice dinner and going out in Edinburgh – stay updated for the next days :)!

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