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DepicT! 2014 - Can you do it in 90 seconds? New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships World Summit Youth Award Photo Competition - "Jobs for Europe Europe for Jobs" Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe Europemobility Video Contest


15 July 2014

Young Audiences Music Awards (YAMA)


15 July 2014

Discover e-volunteering Competition


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Erasmus for young entrepreneurs


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European Youth Award Roma Education Fund Scholarships Programme 2014-2015 Global Junior Challenge Award


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Europe in My Region Photo Competition 2014 Traineeships at the European Commission Administrative in- service training periods Traineeships at the European Commission Translation traineeships Traineeship at the Council of the European Union Traineeships at the European Ombudsman Traineeships and Fellowships at the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) Viral Video Award 2014


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Young European of the Year Award - Travel

The James Dyson Award Translation Traineeships at the European Parliament for university graduates Translation training placements at the European Parliament European Health Insurance Card Storyboard Competition European Soundscape Award 2014 Entrepreneurship Education (Pan-European Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative Tvebiomovies 2014



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Fellowships & InterRail-Global-Passes Heinrich Boll Foundation Scholarships Next Generation of Science Journalists Award Capacity Building in the field of youth within Erasmus+ EVS Video Contest Horizon2020: Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions EU-Japan Training programmes Model UN Workshop 2014 DG Interpretation bursaries Traineeships at the Committee of the Regions


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Traineeships at the Economic and Social Committee


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Traineeship at the Court of Justice


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European Investment Bank (EIB) - Universities Research Action


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MEDEA Awards


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European Youth Foundation - Grants for international youth activities International youth activities held in cooperation with the European Youth Centres OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Research Fellowship Mobility project for young people-European Voluntary Service with Erasmus+ Mobility project for young people-Youth Exchanges with Erasmus+ Mobility project for youth workers with Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships within Erasmus+ Structured Dialogue: meetings between young people and decision-makers in the field of youth within Erasmus+ Training placements at the European Parliament Support for policy reform - Prospective initiatives within Erasmus+ BEST courses for students of technology European Youth Capital Traineeships and Study Visits at the European Parliament




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Traineeships at the European Parliament for people with disabilities



Documentation Report: Do changes in cost-sharing have an impact on the behaviour of students and higher education institutions? Increased tuition fees do not have an overall negative impact on enrolments in higher education, even among students from lower socio-economic groups, unless the magnitude of change is exceptional. However, increases in fees can result in falling enrolments among older students, according to an international study commissioned by the European Commission. The report underlines that grants and/or loans are crucial for offsetting negative consequences of fees or fee rises on university enrolments, particularly from vulnerable groups. The study, carried out by independent researchers, analysed the impact of changes in student fees in nine countries with different models of funding over the past 15 years (Austria, Canada, UK-England, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Portugal and South Korea). Eurobarometer survey: European Area of Skills and Qualifications According to a Eurobarometer survey, around a quarter (23%) of EU citizens feel that their education or training has not provided them with the skills to find a job in line with their qualifications. While over half of the respondents (56%) think their qualifications would be recognised in other Member States, 6% tried to work or study in another Member State but were unable to do so, either because their qualifications were not recognised by their prospective employer or education institution, or because the respondents lacked information about recognition of their qualifications abroad. The survey was carried out in all 28 Member States between 26 April and 11 May when 28 000 people from different social and demographic groups were interviewed face-to-face. European Vacancy and Recruitment Report 2014 Low-skilled workers encounter increasing difficulties to find a job, face lower job stability and are out-competed by medium-skilled workers even in elementary occupations. In contrast, job opportunities are growing in some high-skilled professions. These are the main findings of the European Vacancy and Recruitment Report 2014 published today. The Report also highlights the increase in temporary and part-time work during the crisis and underlines the need to better support school-to-work transitions, to decrease segmentation of the labour markets and to up-skill jobseekers, particularly the low qualified ones. Eurydice-Eurostat report: Key Data on Early Childhood Education and Care 2014 The report finds that only eight European countries - Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Malta, Slovenia, Finland, Sweden and Norway - guarantee a legal right to Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) soon after a child's birth, normally after the end of paid maternity or parental leave. In all other countries, the gap between the end of maternity/parental leave and legal entitlement to ECEC is more than two years. The report shows that the provision of quality ECEC is affected in many countries by lack of funding, staff shortages, employees with low qualifications and an absence of educational guidelines for teachers and other staff. This is a serious concern, as one in four children in Europe under the age of six is at risk of poverty or social exclusion and may need specific support for their educational needs.



The report combines statistical data from Eurostat and system-level information to describe the structure, organisation and funding of ECEC in Europe. It covers access to ECEC, governance, quality assurance, affordability, professionalism of staff, leadership, parental involvement, and measures to support disadvantaged children. The report covers 32 European countries – all EU Member States except the Netherlands, plus Iceland, Turkey, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. National information sheets at the end of the report provide a concise overview of the key features of each country’s ECEC system. pdf Erasmus+ updated website The new updated version of the Erasmus+ website is now available on-line. The website offers information on the new EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport for 2014-2020. European Hospitality Skills Passport The aim of this new tool is to facilitate contact between jobseekers and employers in the hospitality and tourism sector in Europe. The Skills Passport allows workers and employers to overcome language barriers and to compare hospitality workers' skills in order to facilitate recruitment in the sector. Hosted on the European Job Mobility Portal EURES, the Skills Passport is available in all EU official languages. The Passport will be extended to other sectors in the future. Free GoingAbroad App The new smartphone App "Going Abroad" provides important road safety information for all EU countries. It is available for iPhone and iPad, Google Android and Microsoft Windows phones in 22 languages. The App covers all topics that carry the biggest risk for accidents, including speed and alcohol limits, traffic lights, and the use of mobile phones.!tu98pU Global Youth Wellbeing Index The Global Youth Wellbeing Index gathers and connects youth-related data to assess and compare the state of young people’s wellbeing around the world. The Index ranks 30 high- to low-income countries in five regions that represent nearly 70 percent of the world’s youth.



Opportunities Discover e-volunteering Competition The Competition, organised by the Good Network Foundation (Fundacja Dobra Sieć) and the Orange Foundation from Poland, aims to promote and honour social projects undertaken on the web. European non-governmental organisation that have ideas for e-volunteering projects are invited to join it. Projects should help people: - help each other via the Internet, - build a source of common knowledge, - create social maps, - share their professional skills and experience, - or do something completely different that has got positive impact to the real world. Prizes will include 2,000 Euro grants for the implementation of ideas for evolunteering projects. Finalists will be also provided with professional trainings and mentoring sessions with experts, who will support them in creation of high-quality e-volunteering projects. Deadline: 15th July 2014. Find out more: Entrepreneurship Education (Pan-European Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative) The call aims to support entrepreneurial education and training and intends to boost growth and business creation, to give youth the necessary entrepreneurial knowledge and skills and to educate the future generations of entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship education is about encouraging creative thinking and promoting a strong sense of self-worth, initiative and a tolerance of failure. Deadline for electronic submission: 20th August 2014, 17.00 CET. Find out more: Europe in My Region Photo Competition 2014 The competition aims to highlight the work that projects across Europe are doing with the help of EU funding, and explore the meaning of these projects to local communities. EU residents, from 18 years old, are invited to join the competition and upload up to three photos of a project receiving EU funding. Photos must show the billboard or plaque with the EU flag somewhere in the picture showing that the project featured has received EU funding. Three winners will be awarded by a jury. The popular vote will take place from 27th August to 8th September 2014. The 100 photos which have received the most votes will be entered into the jury selection alongside 50 ‘wildcard’ photos from the competition chosen by the jury. From this pool, the jury will select three winners. Each winner will receive cash prizes to spend on digital camera equipment and a two-night trip for two to Brussels, Belgium, including travel and accommodation, between 6th and 9th October 2014. The winners must be available to visit the "Open Days - European Week of Regions and Cities" event during these dates to pick up their prize. Deadline to submit entries: 25th August 2014, 12:00 pm CET.



Find out more: Tvebiomovies 2014 Anyone from any age and from any country is invited to create a one-minute film about the environment. Films could be funny or serious, an animation, a drama or a documentary. Films should be made in the following languages: English, French, Spanish or Russian. A judging panel will select the best nine proposals and provide funding of US$ 300 to help applicants make their film. Entrants can compete individually or in group. The winner in each category, the film that receives the most views on tve's Inspiring Change YouTube channel between 16th October 2014 and 15th December 2014, will receive a USD 1,500 prize. Winning films will also be screened at the CBD COP 12 Conference on Biodiversity in the Republic of Korea. Deadline to submit films: 25th August 2014, 23.00 GMT. Find out more: Traineeships at the European Commission - Translation traineeships DG Translation of the European Commission offers a small number of paid traineeships each year. They last five months and are open to graduates looking to gain some professional translation experience within the European institutions. University graduates from all over the world should be able to translate into their main language (normally their native language) from 2 other official EU languages. Their main language must be one of the official EU languages, their 1 st source language must be English, French or German, and their 2 nd source language can be any of the official EU languages. The application for the traineeship period March-July 2015 will open on 15th July 2014 (16:00 CET) until 29th August 2014 (12.00 pm CET). Find out more: Viral Video Award 2014 The award is open to anyone and is part of the 30th International Short Film Festival Berlin and is held and hosted by interfilm Berlin together with Zucker.Kommunikation and the Heinrich Boell Foundation. Films should: - communicate either a promotional, ideational, political or original message; - not be older than two years and not longer than ten minutes; - have been especially conceived for Internet showing; - aspire to viral distribution; - either endorse or oppose something and/or communicate a message. Three prizes will be awarded: - Audience Award worth € 1.000, - Jury Award worth € 1.000, - Award for Best political Viral with the themes climate, democracy or justice worth € 1000. The films will be shown at the 30th International Short Film Festival Berlin from 11th to 16th November 2014.



Deadline: 31st August 2014. Find out more on: Next Generation of Science Journalists Award 2014 Young science journalists, at the beginning of their career with a maximum of five years’ experience, should submit their article on the main topic of "Health", which must have been published after January 1st 2013, to The article may be published in any form: print, digital, acoustic or visual. Audio and video content is to be made available via weblink. Translations will be accepted if the original article is attached. A short CV (one page), and a scan of a current passport, must accompany the submission. The top five young science journalists will be invited to participate in the World Health Summit (WHS) 2014, held from October 19 th to October 22nd at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, Germany. Additionally, each winner will receive 500 Euro to recompense travel expenses. Deadline: 1st September 2014. Find out more: EVS Video Contest The French Agency of Erasmus+ Jeunesse & Sport and INJEP/Institut National de la Jeunesse et de l’Education Populaire are organising the 2 nd edition of a European video contest about citizenship. This year’s theme is Gandhi’s quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world”. Entrants should be living in Europe and be under 35 years-old. They will have to create a video lasting less than 3 minutes illustrating their look on civic engagement and their vision of citizenship. Films must be in French or in English (or be subtitled in one of these languages). The 4 winners will be rewarded with one camera worth € 250. The best among them will be invited to participate to a European seminar on video and youth projects held in Marseille during the second half of October 2014. Deadline: 7th September 2014, midnight CET. Find out more: Please also look at the Opportunities folder within the Eurodesk intranet for news on European and international (funding) opportunities.



Highlights Martin Schulz re-elected President of the European Parliament On July 1st MEPs re-elected Martin Schulz as President of the European Parliament for another two and a half year term. The 58-year old German MEP will lead Parliament until January 2017. He won 409 out of 612 valid votes cast in the first ballot. Mr Schulz is the first President in the history of the European Parliament to be re-elected for a second term.

more citizens carrying it in 2013 compared to the previous year (+4%). The EHIC, available free of charge, confirms that a person is entitled to receive medical treatment that becomes necessary on a temporary stay abroad from the host country's public healthcare system on the same terms and at the same cost as nationals of that country. The EHIC cannot be used to cover planned medical treatment in another country. In case the EHIC is not accepted, patients should contact the relevant health authority in the country they are visiting.

President-designate of the European Commission The European Council has proposed Jean-Claude Juncker, one of the European candidates designated by the European parties during the elections campaign, as the next President of the European Commission. The Parliament will vote on his candidacy during the plenary session on 14th-17th July 2014.

Cuts in roaming charges from 1st July From 1st July 2014, the EU will cut the price caps for data downloads by more than half: down from 45 to 20 cents per megabyte (plus VAT). It will therefore be cheaper to use maps, watch videos, check emails and update social networks while travelling across the EU. Phone calls and text messages will also become cheaper.

EU candidate status for Albania The General Affairs Council meeting on 24th June granted EU candidate status to Albania. The decision is now subject to approval by the European Council. However, the Council also urged the Western Balkan country to step up the fight against corruption and organised crime, and do more to help relieve immigration pressures on the Union.

First European Week of Sport to take place in September 2015 On 11th June, the European Commissioner responsible for sport, Androulla Vassiliou, announced plans for the first European Week of Sport, which will take place in September 2015. The aim of the event is to promote exercise and sport at all levels. The European Commission is expected to provide funding for the European Week of Sport from Erasmus+, the new European programme for education, training, youth and sport. It will allocate

European Health Insurance Card Almost 200 million Europeans already have the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), according to the latest figures available for 2013. This represents more than half of the insured population in the EU. The number of EHIC holders is steadily increasing, with 8 million


EURODESK BRUSSELS LINK BULLETIN JULY 2014 around € 3.7 million this year and € 6 million a year from 2015 onwards. As part of its efforts to mobilise a big response from the public, the Commission will coordinate events and activities during the Week. Organisations signing up to the event's objectives will receive guidance and a European Week of Sport label. The Commission will also encourage national awareness-raising activities, which will take place at the same time across Europe.

participate in all the actions of the programme on an equal footing with the 28 EU Member States and the three other non-EU Programme Countries, namely Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. ngId=en&catId=89&newsId=2073&fu rtherNews=yes Turkey latest country to join Erasmus+ Turkey has officially become an Erasmus+ Programme Country and enjoys all the associated rights and duties as the 28 EU Member States as well as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

Winners of the European Parliament's guest photographer contest announced Gábor Szellő and Alessandra Giansante are the winners of the European Parliament Guest Photographer contest which took place from January until May with one theme per month. The 10 best entries were selected each month and published on the EP social media platforms. A panel of experts selected Mr Szellő, a freelance photographer, as the jury winner whereas Ms Giansante, a graphic designer and photographer, was elected public winner after her pictures received the most likes in the Guest Photographer albums on Facebook and Flickr. The winners will be invited to the July Strasbourg plenary session where they will have the opportunity to create a photo reportage on the Parliament. Their reportages will be then published on the European Parliament Facebook and Flickr pages.

Turkey joins Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme Turkey will get full access to the European Union's new seven-year research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, under an agreement signed in Istanbul. The agreement granting association status to research entities from Turkey was signed by European Commission Director-General for Research and Innovation, Robert-Jan Smits, and Ahmet Yücel, Acting Undersecretary of Turkey's Ministry for EU Affairs. Turkey is the third EU partner country to become associated to Horizon 2020. Youth Employment Initiative: Commission adopts first programme with France On 3rd June, the European Commission adopted the first Operational Programme with France to use the available funding from the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) to tackle youth unemployment. France will receive 620 million from the Youth Employment Initiative and the European Social Fund (ESF) to help young people not in employment, education or training (the so-called NEETs) to find a job in those regions

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia joins Erasmus+ On 4th June 2014, the Commission received the written notification from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia providing for the entry into force of the Erasmus+ agreement establishing the country's participation in the new education, training, youth and sport programme. The country is now officially an Erasmus+ Programme Country and entitled to


EURODESK BRUSSELS LINK BULLETIN JULY 2014 with youth unemployment rates over 25%. The YEI in France will support different actions including: counselling and training the less-skilled; enabling mobility of apprentices at regional, national and (in some cases) crossborder level; helping to prevent early school-leaving and better identify young NEETS; and giving a second chance to those who left school without any diploma or qualification to gain a foothold in the labour market through work experience or traineeships. Please also look at the News folder within the Eurodesk intranet for other European news from the network.



Upcoming Events EURES Job Fairs Thinking about finding a job in another EU country? EURES, the European Job Mobility Portal, organises job fairs all over Europe. Find out more: 1st July-31st December 2014: EU Italian Council Presidency Starting July 1st Italy will hold the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the 11th time since the signing of the Treaties of Rome in 1957. Italy is the first Presidency in the Trio with Latvia (first half 2015) and Luxemburg (second half 2015). The three main macro-objectives of the Italian presidency sixmonth programme will be: 1) Accelerating growth including revival of the 2020 Strategy; deepening of the Monetary union; strengthening the competitiveness of the EU; the Youth Guarantee initiative; digital single market; industrial policies; 2) Citizens including the functioning of the European institutions; asylum right and immigration policy; external borders management; the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office; human rights; 3) External dimension including immigration, energy and trade. Find out more: 12th-15th July 2014: The Y20 Australia 2014 Summit, Sydney, Australia The Youth Summit will gather extraordinary young leaders from G20 member countries and 12 delegates from invited guest nations (Myanmar, Senegal, Singapore, New Zealand, Spain and the Head of the African Union). Participants will discuss ideas under the themes of growth and jobs creation, global citizenship and sustainable development. The outcome of the summit will be twofold. Firstly, a communique will be presented to the G20 leaders outlining the common ideas that were devised by the delegates at the summit. Secondly, a single “Policy Ask” pertaining to youth unemployment solutions will provide a focus for further action following the Y20. The opening and closing ceremony and three interactive sessions will be live streamed here. Find out more: 1st-9th August 2014: European BEST Engineering Competition (EBEC), Riga, Latvia EBEC is a series of engineering competitions organised by BEST (Board of European Students of Technology). EBEC is the biggest engineering contest in Europe with 3 different competition levels. The team which proves to be the most efficient, creative and successful at the end of competition finale is granted the “BEST Engineers of Europe” title. Find out more: 11th-18th August 2014: 22nd Sziget Festival, Óbudai Island, Hungary For an entire week in August the Óbudai island, in the middle of the Danube just outside Budapest, will become a self-contained party city, a temporary home of a


EURODESK BRUSSELS LINK BULLETIN JULY 2014 multitude of international stars, Hungarian bands, performers, DJs, theatre groups, acrobats, humorists, dancers, puppeteers and thousands of young people from around the world. The aim of this multi-cultural event is to provide a variety of cultural programmes for the many European and international visitors who will attend the week long festival. Find out more: 15th-19th October 2014: Bookmarks - Training course for educators and teachers on combating hate speech online through human rights education, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium Organised by the Council of Europe, the training course is addressed to educators and teachers and will focus on combating hate speech online through human rights education. Priority will be given to candidates from Andorra, Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Switzerland. The official language of the training course will be French. Deadline to apply: 28th August 2014. Find out more: 22nd-24th November 2014: Model UN Workshop, UN Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan The workshop aims to provide MUN advisors and students, who are actively involved in organising Model UN programmes at the university level around the world, with a deeper understanding of how Model UN simulations can more accurately capture the negotiation process as it commonly occurs at the UN. The workshop is addressed to anyone who has had a leadership role in organising a conference or has participated as a delegate. Applicants are required to have participated in at least one Model UN simulation prior to the workshop and must be able to communicate in English. Faculty advisors who have a role in training or supervising students who organise or participate in MUN conferences are also eligible. There is no registration fee for students or faculty advisors; however, participants are responsible for all travel and living costs during the three-day workshop. The deadline for receiving applications is 15th September 2014. Find out more: European Citizenship Training Courses 2014 The courses are meant to support youth workers and youth leaders developing their critical understanding of European Citizenship and encourage them to integrate the topic in their practical work. List of proposed Courses: •Training Course: ECTC-HU in Hungary (15th-21st February 2015) Deadline: to be announced; •Training Course: ECTC-UK in United Kingdom (11th-16th March 2015) Deadline: to be announced. All details are available here:


EURODESK BRUSSELS LINK BULLETIN JULY 2014 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: Coming up: European Festivals Information on the biggest pop and rock festivals in Europe can be found on the European Festival Planner on the Yourope site of the European Festival Association. Searching for more background information on festivals, have a look at Wiki. European and worldwide Rock Festivals – although the layout is simple, it has an extensive list of festivals. A general site, with links to cultural events and festivals, not only rock festivals, in Europe. Music Festivals Europe 2014 Europe Music Festivals 2014


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