CEJA has strongly welcomed the written question on young farmers submitted to the European Commission by a number of prominent members of the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development. MEPs Paolo de Castro, Albert Dess, Jens Rohde, James Nicholson, Matt Carthy, Janusz Wojciechowski and COMAGRI Chair Czeslaw Siekierski, all threw their weight behind the written submission on measures to support young farmers.
Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan, has been questioned on the issue of lack of access to credit for young farmers and particularly on details about the possibility for cooperation with the European Investment Bank (EIB). CEJA has being publicly calling for a closer cooperation with the EIB and the European Investment Fund (EIF) in order to create a European Bank Guarantee for young farmers.
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MIJARC World seminar titled “Training Rural Youth Leaders in International Working Situation” took place in Lusaka, Zambia from 10th to 13th October. The representatives of movements from four continents (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America) gathered together to get a better understanding of all the cultures within MIJARC World, learn how to find common goals within the different cultures and create the attitude to respect various cultures. The representatives of MIJARC Europe were also there - Ana Silva and Klaus Settle (World Coordinators), Brenda Aerts (Secretary General of MIJARC Europe; KLJ Belgium), Daniela Ordowski (KLJB Germany), Marina Grigorova (YMDRAB Bulgaria) and Francois Bausson (MRJC France).
The seminar existed out of four days and a trainer facilitated the workshops. Every day we started with a weather report, when each participant had a chance to tell how does he/she feel. Right after we did an energizer. After we were working in small groups on the topic of interculturality or going to some field visits.
The first day we did a role-play about intercultural different and in the afternoon we got the theoretical approach of the whole seminar. The second day the trainer explained us about internal and external communication. Afterwards we discussed en reflected in little groups about the internal and external communication of MIJARC World. In the afternoon we visited a cultural village where we discovered the diverse cultures and customs of the local society. On the third day we had a workshop on leadership, authority and local democracy. Four different working groups discussed these topics and made a short presentation. The last day we spent on creating a guide for intercultural events. The main topics were how to prepare yourself before and how the behave during the event.
This event was important to get a better view on the working of MIJARC World and it helped all of us to have a better understanding of different cultures.
European Youth Forum warns of a Peter Pan generation as a result of financial crisis and response to it
The policy responses to the economic crisis which began in 2008 have hit youth hardest, according to a new publication launched by the European Youth Forum today at a high-level event on youth employment in Rome.
The publication “Youth in the Crisis: What Went Wrong?”, which examines in depth the consequences of the financial crisis on young people, finds that the policy answers to the financial crisis negatively affected society as a whole, but young people in particular.
In its publication, the Youth Forum highlights the fact that employment security for young people has significantly decreased, youth has seen cuts to their minimum wage and meanwhile education budgets have been slashed. It concludes that the overarching response has been uncoordinated and ineffective with measures which have, overall, disproportionally and negatively affected young people. The Youth Forum recommends that European governments and the EU must move away from only “supply-side” measures to deal with youth unemployment and examine more closely its long-term drivers.
The publication was launched at a high-level event on youth employment (12-14 November, in Rome) – “one year after – building a sustainable future“, hosted by the Youth Forum along with the Italian National Youth Council as a follow up to the event held in Paris in November 2013.
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Read the full publication "Youth in the Crisis: What Went Wrong?" here.
From participation to influence: can youth revitalise democracy?
Today, we witness among young people a rising abstention from electoral participation and party politics, distrust in mainstream media, and sometimes violent rejection of traditional embodiments of political power. In transition democracies, young people are at the forefront of movements of popular rejection of corruption and electoral fraud, but are conversely marginalised in the process of democratic consolidation. In times of economic crisis, young people are increasingly faced with exclusionary barriers in the "everyday arenas". How to increase any democratic participation of youth through the labour market when employment opportunities decrease? Is education a real promise for prosperity and security, and is it a good vehicle for inclusion that extremely qualified generations now have less guarantee of access to the labour market, leading some to speak of a "lost generation"?
The Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy is an annual gathering of leaders, opinion-makers, civil society activists, representatives of business, academia, media and professional groups to debate key challenges for democracies worldwide. The insights gathered during the World Forum meetings inform the work of the Council of Europe and its numerous partners in the field of democracy and democratic governance.
This year 217 young people from 100 countries came to Strasbourg with the support of the EYF and the Conference of INGOs to take part in the 3rd World Forum for Democracy, “From participation to influence: can youth revitalise democracy?” (3-5 November). They had two and a half intensive days of preparation at the European Youth Centre, filled with creative workshops, discussions and simulations. A global action was started: Shaking democracy (check here).
During the World Forum itself, participants were involved in discussions in 21 labs on 4 focus themes: Influencing minds, Influencing Decision-making, Influencing policies, Influencing institutions. They took part in 6 unconferences, which were participant-driven workshops with an agenda created by the attendees on an online platform before the meeting (1 unconference was initiated by the Council of Europe’s youth sector on co-management). They presented 4 different prototypes of an ideal democracy to all participants, politicians, media, activists etc.
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