Magdalena Puć, the secretary of MIJARC Europe decided to resign from the position after more than one year of fulfilling her responsibilities. We want to thank her for her commitment and dedication in the work of developing our organisation.
After so many years with MIJARC Europe – first as a participant, then as an European Coordinator and finally as a secretary, it’s hard to imagine my life without it. I think, apart from the professional development, I can say it helped me to define myself and to make some of my dreams come true. It was truly a great adventure, an experience which brought much more than that the knowledge about the world of international organizations, European funds or improving so many professional skills. Most of all it was a chance to meet incredible people from all over the Europe. I will never forget the time we spent together during the activities of MIJARC Europe. I want to thank you all for those great moments!
I think one of the most important things in life is to find a place where you can be yourself, where you can feel you belong. I do believe MIJARC Europe is that place (even without having the GPS coordinates ;) ) for so many young people. I hope it will never change and next years or even decades MIJARC will continue the great work of gathering the rural youth from different parts of our continent and showing that we are not so different from each other…
2015 is both a new beginning and a deadline
2015 is a special year for development. It is the first ever European Year to deal with the European Union's external action and Europe’s role in the world. For development organisations all over Europe it is an unparalleled opportunity to showcase Europe's commitment to eradicating poverty worldwide and to inspire more Europeans to get engaged and involved in development. 2015 is also the year in which the Millennium Development Goals that the world agreed to reach in 2000, and in which the international community will agree on the future global framework for poverty eradication and sustainable development.
What is the plan of EU?
In 2015 they want to explain to European citizens how EU development aid works and to demonstrate that it makes a real and lasting difference. They will show taxpayers how their money is being put to the best possible use in empowering our fellow human beings around the world who are mired in poverty through no fault of their own to make a living for themselves, their families and their communities. During the year they will shine the spotlight on people in our partner countries and highlight work in the field.
Find our more about the European year for development here. This website is your gateway to the vibrant and multifaceted world of EU development cooperation. Check the partners in this project from all over Europe, read stories from all over the world and find out how you can get involved!
Farm subsidies are necessary: they reward the provision of public goods which cannot be supplied by the free market
The majority of European citizens (around 77%) support the common agricultural policy (CAP) and consider that it should guarantee food security in the European Union, maintain diversified farming systems across Europe, and ensure delivery of a range of public goods. Food safety is ensured through constant monitoring of production conditions throughout the food chain, “from farm to table." It is guaranteed by strict standards and its requirements are technically justified, judiciously applied and never discriminatory. European farmers are subject to stringent regulatory requirements relating to environmental protection, animal welfare, etc. These requirements increase production costs.
Farm subsidies ensure that the interests of European consumers and the choices made by European voters about the quality of food products and their method of production (e.g. animal welfare rules) are taken into account. European farm subsidies account for just 0.5% of European GDP (€100/person/year).
Farming is a strategic sector and a high-risk sector. The low elasticity of supply — inherent in biological production cycles— creates uncertainty for farm incomes. The common agricultural policy helps to stabilise farmers’ incomes and enables them to take a longer-term view, allowing them to invest in modernising their farms and thereby remain competitive. n addition to providing food and non-food agricultural products, farming can provide environmental and rural services and some European farm subsidies pay the farmers who provide these services to European society: 30 % of CAP direct aid is subject to environmental criteria.
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Perspectives on youth is a series on youth policy, research and practice supported by the EU-CoE Youth Partnership, moving forward debates on youth and having a European/ international relevance. The series include research articles, well-founded essays, or opinion pieces. It aims to function as an information, discussion, reflection and dialogue forum on European developments in the field of youth policy, youth research and youth work.
The second issue of the Perspectives on youth is available. The theme is “Connections and disconnections”. The authors have contributed articles on migration, employment mobility, new familial relations, the Internet and new media, young people’s social and political engagement, their connections with their own countries, with Europe or the wider world, and intercultural contacts in general, and others besides.
They address the potential benefts but also the tensions and contradictions that are inherent in contemporary social, cultural, economic and technological changes. Such changes are creating opportunities for young people to connect in new and positive ways with other young people, with their families and communities and with social institutions, in ways that increasingly “cross borders” of various kinds. But it is also clear that these changes do not always take place in a smooth or mutually complementary way: expanded opportunities are not necessarily enhanced opportunities; increased participation in education has not translated into more and better employment prospects; societies and communities are increasingly diverse and yet some perceive this as a threat rather than an opportunity. A related question arises as to whether the policies that are designed both to shape and respond to young people’s circumstances and the resulting practices are themselves appropriately connected or disconnected with each other.
You can read more and download the PDF version here.