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Eurodesk Brussels Link B u l l e t i n April 2012

Deadlines up to 15 August 2012 Documentation European Opportunities Highlights Upcoming Events

Deadlines Deadlines up to 15 August 2012 Deadline Reminder: Reference Deadline Programme Title number EU0010000516

9 April 2012

Asia-Europe Short Films Contest


11 April 2012

European Research Council (ERC) Grants


11 April 2012

CEDEFOP - Photomuseum Award


13 April 2012


13 April 2012

MEDIA 2007-Support for the development of production projects MEDIA 2007-Support for the development of on- and off-line interactive works


15 April 2012


15 April 2012

Traineeships at the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe Bogliasco Fellowships Programme


16 April 2012

MEDIA (2007-2013) - Training


16 April 2012


16 April 2012

Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures Call for proposals - Entrepreneurship Education


17 April 2012

Drug Prevention and Information


18 April 2012

People (FP7) - Marie Curie Actions


19 April 2012

Traineeship at CEDEFOP


24 April 2012

AEGEE Summer University


30 April 2012

Lifelong Learning - COMENIUS


30 April 2012

Lifelong Learning - GRUNDTVIG


30 April 2012

Traineeships at the Council of Europe


30 April 2012

Traineeships at the European Ombudsman


30 April 2012


30 April 2012

Internship programme at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Traineeship at the Court of Justice


30 April 2012

Erasmus Mundus (2009-2013)


30 April 2012

Wim Duisenberg Research Fellowship Programme


30 April 2012


30 April 2012

Traineeship at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) NATO Internship Programme


30 April 2012

MEDIA 2007-Audiovisual Festivals


1 May 2012

YOUTH IN ACTION - Action 1: Youth for Europe


1 May 2012

YOUTH IN ACTION - Action 2: European Voluntary Service



1 May 2012


1 May 2012


1 May 2012


1 May 2012

YOUTH IN ACTION - Action 3.1 Cooperation with the neighbouring countries of the EU YOUTH IN ACTION - Action 4.3. Training and networking of those active in youth work and youth organisations YOUTH IN ACTION - Action 5.1 - Meetings of young people and those responsible for youth policy European Youth Capital


2 May 2012

ECF Project Grants Scheme


4 May 2012


7 May 2012


11 May 2012

Culture (2007-2013): Strand 1 - Support for Cultural Actions Cultural Policy Research Award (CPRA) for applied comparative cultural policy research A Snapshot of Democracy - photo contest


15 May 2012


15 May 2012


15 May 2012


15 May 2012


15 May 2012


15 May 2012


15 May 2012


16 May 2012


25 May 2012

Doctoral thesis competition on Local and Regional authorities in the EU Henkel Art Award 2012


27 May 2012

BEST courses for students of technology


31 May 2012

Executive Training Programme (ETP) in Japan


31 May 2012

Executive Training Programme (ETP) in Korea


31 May 2012


31 May 2012

Internship at the European Commission Delegation to the United Nations in New York Euro-Med Youth Programme


31 May 2012

Erasmus for young entrepreneurs


1 June 2012


1 June 2012


1 June 2012

Europe for Citizens: Action 1: Active citizenship for Europe - Town Twinning Europe for Citizens - Active Civil Society for Europe (Action 2) Traineeship at the European Medicines agency


1 June 2012


5 June 2012

Europe for Citizens: Action 1 - Measure 2: Citizens’ projects and support measures European Union Contest for Young Scientists


7 June 2012

EU-Japan Training programmes

Traineeships and Study Visits at the European Parliament Information and Communications Technologies Policy Support Programme - ICT PS Translation Traineeships at the European Parliament Traineeships at the European Free Trade Association EFTA Traineeships at the European Parliament for people with a disability YOUTH IN ACTION - Action 3.2 Cooperation with countries other than the neighbouring countries of the European Union Film competition: Solidarity between Generations



11 June 2012


27 June 2012


29 June 2012


30 June 2012

Media 2007-Support for the transnational distribution of European films Roberto Cimetta Fund


30 June 2012

International Essay Contest for Young People


30 June 2012

Photo Competition - Life 2.0 Ready for a new start?


30 June 2012


1 July 2012

The European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) Traineeship EUROPRIX Multimedia Awards


1 July 2012

Student Grants Programme


16 July 2012

European Enterprise Awards


16 July 2012


30 July 2012


31 July 2012

New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships EDULINK - ACP-EC Cooperation Programme in Higher Education International Citizen Media Award 2012


2 August 2012

The James Dyson Award

Media 2007-Support for television broadcasting of European audiovisual works Henkel Artist Studentship 2012


Documentation 2011 EU-China Year of Youth This publication gives an overview of the wide range of significant and forward looking events which took place during the EU-China Year of Youth. Strategies for improving participation in and awareness of adult learning - European guide The study explores how to make adult learning more popular and more accessible for identified target groups, including potential adult learners, policy makers, education providers and social partners. It also analyses existing initiatives already carried out in terms of awareness raising in the field of adult education (primarily at Member State level), provides recommendations for future activities and proposes which existing strategies should be used. UNESCO World Atlas of Gender Equality in Education With over 120 maps, charts and tables, this UNESCO publication enables readers to visualise the educational pathways of girls and boys in terms of access, participation and progression from pre-primary to tertiary. Bridges to Work Conference Report and Impact Evaluation Get inspired by the Bridges to Work conclusions, the keynote speeches about youth employment and entrepreneurship and the plans for action to improve young people's chances on the labour market. Generation Awake. Your choices make a world of difference This is the website of the European Commission campaign on resource efficiency “Generation Awake. Your choices make a world of difference� which aims to raise awareness about the need to use natural resources wisely, and to encourage citizens to think about their impact on the planet when making purchasing decisions. Take a look at initiatives taken by the European Union to learn how our choices make a difference to our personal wellbeing, and that of the planet. Video: Moving within Europe - Which country will pay my old-age pension? This animation explains what will happen to your rights to an old-age pension if you live and work in more than one country of the European Union or in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. In particular, what happens to contributions paid in one country if you then move to another country? And which country will pay your pension when you reach retirement age? EU rules on social security coordination enable you to move around Europe and not lose out on your social security rights.


Video: Let’s Take the Feminist – The Living Library Experience The Youth Department of the Council of Europe produced this video documentary which was shot at the 2011 Sziget Festival. The 26-minute feature documentary is in Hungarian with English subtitles and presents the best moments of the traditional Living Library event of the European Youth Centre Budapest. European citizens' initiative As of 1st April 2012 EU citizens have a brand new tool allowing them to participate in shaping EU policy. The European citizens' initiative allows one million EU citizens to participate directly in the development of EU policies, by calling on the European Commission to make a legislative proposal. This website provides information on all citizens' initiatives, explains the rules, and enables citizens to launch their initiative.


European Opportunities

Art for Peace 2012 Young people between 5 and 17 years old, worldwide, are invited to join this contest. They will have to watch a short video film online, then imagine a world free of nuclear weapons. Based on their musings, they will have to create and upload online original artwork using their imaginations to draw, paint, sketch, use pens, pencils, crayons, charcoal, oil, acrylic paint or watercolours to illustrate a world free of nuclear weapons, without wars, without fear. When the work is finished, it can also be uploaded on the organisers’ web site in order to be shared with friends, and then be voted though the UN Peace Day Facebook page: Four winners from each age category (5-8, 9-12 and 13-17) will have their artwork reproduced in a UN calendar. The two younger age groups will receive art supplies whereas cash prizes will be awarded to the four winners in the 13-17 year old group in sums of $500, $300, $200 and $100. Deadline to submit entries is 30th April 2012. Find out more: Student Peace Prize 2013 The prize is awarded to a student or a student organisation that has made a particular effort to promote peace, democracy and human rights in a non-violent way. The winner will receive the prize during the International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFiT) in February 2013. Everyone is entitled to nominate candidates. The nomination should include name, country and a short description explaining the reason why the person or the organisation deserves the prize. Submissions should be sent to by 1st May 2012. Find out more on:


Sarajevo Talent Campus 2012 In the framework of the 18th Sarajevo Film Festival, emerging filmmakers, scriptwriters, directors, actors and producers from Southeast Europe are invited to participate in the 6th Sarajevo Talent Campus taking place from 8th to 14th of July, with an underlying focus on Cinema and Possible Future. As of this year, the call is open to candidates from four more countries from the wider region (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Moldavia) in addition to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia (Former Yugoslav Republic of), Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey. Prominent filmmakers and emerging talents from the “ever burning” and vibrant region of South-East Europe will meet to discuss, analyse and explore film language novelties and different practices. The campus offers inspiring lectures, panel discussions and active critical debates, complemented by workshops, practical tutorials, screenings and inter-festival excursions for participants. The deadline for submissions is 8th May 2012. Find out more on: International Cartoon Contest on Active Ageing The European Information Centre of the city of Ruse, Bulgaria, is organising an international cartoon contest on the theme of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. The aim of this initiative is to have a look at the European Year’s themes through the creative insight and interpretation of professional and amateur cartoon artists from all over the world. All awarded and selected works will be part of a travelling exhibition in Bulgaria. The deadline for submissions is 15th May 2012. Further information is available here: Call for tender EAC/42/2011 - Implementation of a user-driven, multidimensional and international ranking for higher education institutions Transparency in higher education is a key element in the EU strategy for modernising higher education systems. Clearer information on how institutions perform can inform the choices of students, employers, policy makers and higher education institutions. This call is an invitation to pilot a new user-driven, multi-dimensional information and ranking tool, to be sustainable and self supporting in the longer term, building on the results of the U-Multirank feasibility study, and responding to the issues identified in its final report. Deadline: 1st June 2012. Find out more:


Henkel Artist Studentship 2012 The Artists-in-Residence Programme of KulturKontakt Austria is offering a threemonth scholarship in Vienna for artists from Central, Eastern and South East Europe, including a studio, accommodations, insurance, a monthly scholarship of 1,000 euros and a presentation of the artist’s works at the end of their stay in the Austrian capital. Visual artists, up to 35 years old, working in the fields of painting, drawing, photography, video and installation are invited to apply. Works should have been produced after 2009. Entries will be accepted from the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia (Former Yugoslav Republic of), Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and the Ukraine. Deadline: 27th June 2012. Read more: PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival 2012 Young people from 9 to 25 years of age worldwide are invited to submit short videos of one to five minutes and share their thoughts, experiences, opinions, questions and suggestions about migration and diversity. Videos must have been completed after January 2010 and, if not in English, must have English subtitles. An international jury will award prizes in three age-based categories: 9 to 12, 3 to 17, 18 to 25 years old. The three winners will each receive US$ 1,000. PLURAL+ festival is a platform for young people to express themselves on key migration and diversity issues and reinforce the belief that youth are powerful and creative agents of social change in the world. Entries should be sent by 1st July 2012. All details are available here: Call for candidates for the 2012 North-South Prize The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe has launched the call for nominations for the North-South Prize 2012. The Prize has been awarded every year since 1995 to two candidates who have stood out for their exceptional commitment to promoting North-South solidarity. Candidates, preferably a man and a woman, must have distinguished themselves in the following areas: protection of human rights, defence of pluralist democracy, public awareness raising on issues of global interdependence and solidarity, and strengthening the North-South partnership. All suggestions of candidates are welcomed. The Jury will meet in Strasbourg, next September 2012, to select the prize winners. The Prize Ceremony will take place in Lisbon in Spring 2013. Deadline to submit nominees is 15th July 2012. Find out more:


Electric December 2012 European young people under 21 years of age, who made a short film this year already or are thinking of making one, now have the chance to showcase their talent to the rest of Europe. The short films should be less than 5 minutes long, completed after September 2011, of any productions techniques (animation, documentary, drama, experimental) except for advertisements, in English or providing English subtitles. The deadline for submissions is 28th September 2012. Read more: ISFIT 2013 Call for Ambassadors ISFiT, the International Student Festival in Trondheim, is the world’s largest student festival with a thematic focus. In order to organise the 2013 festival, ISFIT is looking for ambassadors, personal contacts all over the world to spread the word about it. As International Ambassadors, candidates will receive a package containing posters and information about ISFiT 2013. The package will of course be completely free of charge. The task of the Ambassador will be to distribute this material in strategic places where students will get the opportunity to learn more about the festival. This can be on campus, at the library, or any other place students gather in their local community. Students across the world are invited to register and be part of ISFiT festival and help globalise and create awareness about the theme of ISFiT 2013: international trade. Find out more:


Highlights High Youth Unemployment Acknowledged in Multi-annual Financial Framework Conference The second high-level conference for the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) for the EU budget (2014-2020) convened in Brussels on 22nd March 2012. The conference was opened in the European Parliament by President Martin Schulz, Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Danish Prime Minister Helle-Thorning Schmidt. Helle Thorning-Schmidt acknowledged that the crisis is especially detrimental to Europe's youth. “We are witnessing slow growth and increased unemployment – not least for our young people,” she said. In her speech she listed boosting research and innovation to increase Europe's competitiveness in the world economy as one of the four areas the Danish Presidency believes are key to focus on. Jose Manuel Barroso mentioned in his opening speech the Commission's interest in increasing investment in education through the new Erasmus for All programme. While detailing a plan to allow up to five million people the chance to study or train abroad, he said that “The added value of giving young people the chance to work and study abroad is clear in helping citizens acquire more and better skills, in opening new doors, and in encouraging free movement and adaptability.”

Recommendations of the EU Youth Conference, Sorø, Denmark, 18th-21st March 2012 The EU Youth Conference of the Danish Presidency in Sorø with a set of joint recommendations drafted by youth delegates and Directors General on Youth of the EU Member States. The recommendations were a result of the three days of workshops and discussions at the conference and focused on youth participation in democratic life, which is the overall theme of this cycle of the Structured Dialogue. Highlights of the proposals included a call for Member States to start initiatives to stimulate discussion on lowering the voting age to 16, as well as easing the voting process through education and simplification of voting procedures. An independent programme for youth with its own budget line was also recommended, in order to promote full participation of young people in society. A key theme throughout the recommendations was the importance of close involvement of youth organisations and young people in decision-making. Member States were called on to support youth organisations and to form strategic partnerships with them. Non-formal education provided by these youth organisations is necessary for developing skills and competencies of young people. The recommendations will be integrated into the preparation of the Council Conclusions in May. Read the joint recommendations and watch the workshop videos available at the European Youth Portal.


More money and support for higher education in Europe Members of the European Parliament adopted on 13th March a report calling for more funds and support to encourage student mobility and make European higher education more attractive and competitive. This involves reinforcing the Bologna Process, which aims to create a European Higher Education Area by making quality standards and degrees more compatible throughout the continent. In addition to the EU, the Process is also implemented in 20 other European countries. The Bologna Process required European universities to revise and reorganise their teaching activities in a threecycle system (Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate) and also assist in creating wealth. If the process is to contribute to achieving the goals of the EU's 2020 strategy for kick-starting Europe's economy, then more efforts will need to be made by universities, member states and the European institutions. Universities need financial support from member states and the EU to support their efforts to change and develop their education practices. Member states have to strengthen the funding system, while it is also

necessary to develop new funding mechanisms. In addition, more needs to be done to harmonise academic standards, promote mobility and employability, remove administrative obstacles, improve the mutual recognition of qualifications (through the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), and promote social cohesion. A7-2012-0035&language=EN Have your say! Contribute to the future EU policy on "Civil Society Organisations in development cooperation" The European Commission has launched an online consultation in order to know the views of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and other stakeholders on the future policy of the EU with regard to support to CSOs in partner countries in the field of development cooperation. This policy will be announced later in 2012. CSOs and other stakeholders are invited to send their contributions in English, French or Spanish by 7th May 2012 to ublic-consultations/6405_en.htm.


Upcoming Events 12th April 2012: Conference “Quality of work and employment, a policy tool towards an inclusive and sustainable growth” Brussels, Belgium This was a Joint Conference of the European Parliament and Eurofound with the participation of Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament. The latest conclusions of the EPSCO Council meeting on 'the Annual Growth Survey and Joint Employment Report – Priorities for action in the areas of employment and social policies in 2012' emphasises the importance of a return to economic growth 'with more and better jobs, including good working conditions'. With this in mind, the conference will address the current policy challenges linked to the issue of quality of work and employment. It will examine how changes in employment and work related policies could impact on the quality of societal and economic progress and how mainstreaming the quality of work and employment dimension into other European policy agendas could also contribute to the ultimate perspective of more 'sustainable and inclusive work’. The event will also launch the overview report of the Fifth European Working Conditions Survey, one of Eurofound's flagship reports of 2012. Find out more: 16th-17thApril 2012: Launch event of “We Mean Business” Campaign, Brussels, Belgium The “We Mean Business” campaign aims to raise awareness among European companies of the positive benefits of hosting an Erasmus or Leonardo da Vinci trainee. Following this European launch event, national events will take place in EU Member States, aiming to get the message to companies through national multipliers. The launch event is the opportunity to share experience with stakeholders from across Europe and exchange ideas on how to make the most of these placement opportunities. Deadline for registering is 2nd April 2012 24th April 2012: Ombudsman seminar: "Europe in crisis: the challenge of winning citizens' trust" Brussels, Belgium The economic and financial crisis and its implications for the future of the European Union are the most current issues at EU and Member States levels. Citizens in many Member States of the EU are not only losing trust in their national governments, but are also increasingly sceptical of the EU's ability to find solutions to the worst crisis in its history. The seminar will explore what concrete measures European and national institutions can take to (re)gain EU citizens' trust. Participants will be able to share their views with the following keynote speakers: José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime Minister of Denmark, President of the Council of the EU. The event will also web streamed here at 10:00 CET. For those who can attend the seminar deadline to register is 13th April 2012. Find out more on:


26th-27th April 2012: Ministerial Conference and Third Bologna Policy Forum, Bucharest, Romania The 2012 Bucharest Ministerial Conference is expected to bring together 47 European Higher Education Area ministerial delegations, the European Commission, as well as the Bologna Process consultative members and Bologna Follow-Up Group partners. The meeting will be an opportunity to take stock of progress of the Bologna Process and set out the key policy issues for the future. The EHEA ministers will jointly adopt the Bucharest Ministerial Communiqué, committing to further the Bologna goals until 2020. Find out more on: 9th-11th May 2012: Nantes Creative Generations Youth Initiatives Forum, Nantes, France For the fourth time, the Youth Forum will be an occasion to discuss and share innovative experiences among young people in different European countries, all of whom are involved in original projects that help strengthen the notion of citizenship, of “living together” and opening up to others. Associations, organisations and youth groups whose participants are between 18 and 30 years old are invited to apply. For more information: 26th-27th May 2012: The World Village Festival, Helsinki, Finland The Festival will offer tastes of different cultures and surprises from all over the world focusing on tolerant multiculturalism, development cooperation, global issues and expanding one's possibilities of affecting everyday life. The Youth on the Move, the Finnish National Agency CIMO and the Commission Representation in Finland will also be part of the festival. Volunteers can apply by sending their registration by 20th April 2012. Find out more on: 4th-5th June 2012: "Youth & E-participation - International Conference on Youth Participation in the Digital Society", Berlin, Germany The project "youthpart" is organising an international conference on youth eparticipation gathering around 100 national and international experts from the field of youth e-participation. The conference will focus on different topics such as youth information, open data, open government, crowd sourcing, e-participation tools, literacy, EU Youth strategy packed in four thematic complexes: youth & eparticipation in society, youth & e-participation on the local level, software tools and information as basis for e-participation. Deadline for international applications is 15th April 2012. Further information:


6th-9th June 2012: EDEN Annual Conference - Closing the Gap from "Generation Y" to Mature Learners, Porto, Portugal The conference approaches key questions of learning methodology and technology by focusing on the "open-learning generations", the contexts of socially significant target groups: junior and senior eLearners. It also explores various generational learning cultures and technology-use patterns, and discusses new approaches in pedagogy and andragogy that respond to them. Deadline to apply is 31st May 2012. Find out more on: 22nd-30th June 2012: 5th Youth Peace Camp - Engaging young people and youth organisations from conflict–stricken regions in dialogue and conflict transformation, European Youth Centre Strasbourg, France The camp aims to engage young people and youth organisations from conflict stricken regions in dialogue and conflict transformation activities based on human rights education and intercultural learning and to provide them with a positive experience in living and learning together. This year the camp is addressed to young people, from 25 to 30 years old, from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kosovo, from both the Albanian and Serbian ethnic communities, Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Georgia and the Russian Federation, specifically young people from the region bordering Georgia. They will have to be engaged in youth or community projects and motivated to implement youth initiatives for peace building within their own communities and be able to work in English. Deadline to apply is 16th April 2012. Find out more on: cription_v_14_3.pdf 2nd-4th July 2012: EDULEARN12, the 4th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, Barcelona, Spain International Forum for those who wish to present their projects and discuss the latest innovations and results in the field of New Technologies in Education, Elearning and methodologies applied to Education and Research. Interested applicants should send their registration by 17th May 2012. All details are available here: 30th July-10th August 2012: Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience, Karlsruhe, Germany The Academy is organised by the Karlshochschule International University and AFS – Interkulturelle Begegnungen e.V. and will focus on relevant topics in the field of intercultural management, communication and training. Students can enroll for one or two weeks. Registrations will be open until 1st July 2012. Find out more:


28th September-1st October 2012: Euro-Med Youth Music Expo, Limassol, Cyprus The Euro-Mediterranean Youth Music Expo is an international 4-day event which combines various modalities of high-level youth music activities and productions embracing all musical genres. Over 200 young musicians, young soloists, youth bands and orchestras from all musical backgrounds (classical, ethnic, jazz, rock, hip-hop, reggae), music teachers, organisers and professionals will gather for a multilevel educational and artistic fair which includes workshops, seminars, open-air public concerts, music labs and much more. Deadline to apply is 15th April 2012. Further details are available on: Salto-Youth: Training Calendar The European Training Calendar contains current training offers of different institutions and organisations, such as SALTO, the National Agencies for the YOUTH IN ACTION Programme, non-governmental youth organisations, the European Youth Centres of the Council of Europe and the Partnership Programme on European Youth Worker Training. They are addressed to young people, group leaders, mentors, trainers and other specialists. Find out more:


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