28/04/2014 - 3rd Play Europe event in Rotterdam, 23-26 April
The Play Europe project ended its 3rd event in Rotterdam. From the 23rd to the 26th of April the young leaders met in this beautiful and stimulating city to implement their work on the project’s topics. This time the focus was on “Youth employment”, how is the actual situation in each project country and how Europe can work to improve the critical situation. Many inputs were brought during the meeting days, from different points of view. Among them, on the spotlight the experience of a “Creative factory” where quality thinking is key to activate youngsters to work and believe in something they are really interested in and support measures and initiatives for work re-integration by using vocational trainings and practical experience especially in the technical field. Entrepreneurship has been one of the most used words and concepts, both from a working and from a living point of view. The message was “to give oneself a challenge” taking the risk for new job opportunities believing in new cooperation and collaboration’s tools. The role of mass media and web for employment has been a most interesting transversal theme the group had a very animated debate on these aspects, both positive or negative impacts were highlighted….the discussion is still ongoing! The leaders worked hard on the project outputs and implemented the materials already carried out. The Play Europe team had a very fruitful experience in Rotterdam and after three hard days of work they took part to the first King’s day in Holland……let’s go orange!
Wait for us for new information about the 4th Play Europe event in Buje (Croatia), from the 23rd to the 26th June!!
08/03/2014 - New European working Table on the Alzheimer disease
On March 6th 2014, the Villa Spineda Gasparini Loredan in Venegazzù di Volpago del Montello (Treviso, Veneto Region, Italy) hosted the “The Relief project” conference, organized by the Veneto Region's Ministry for Social Services in collaboration with the Local Health Administration nr. 8 and theVenetoBanca bank. It is in this framework that, while presenting the results of the “Relief Project” - including specific centers for elderly people afflicted with dementia - carried out by the Veneto Region, the new European working Table on the Alzheimer disease has been introduced. This new Table has been promoted by the Elisan network and includes the synergic collaboration of several stakeholders, including the ENSA thematic group for elderly people, the Veneto Region and the Médéric Alzheimer Foundation. This new Table's purpose is to bring forward the Alzheimer Award results the Elisan network has already organized twice with the collaboration of the Médéric Alzheimer Foundation and the full participation of the participants to the Award itself. Some of them, such as Anthony Polychronakis for the City of Rotterdam and Udja Holschuh for the City of Bayreuth (Bavaria), have shared their own experience also at this occasion. The purpose of this new form of collaboration at European level is to help all the ones that organize support services to the families and offer support to public administrations for planning new actions for the citizens in order to lower the pressure on social and assistance services, support and enhance the work that families carry out with elderly people and aim at establishing innovative collaborations between institutions and stakeholders of the private social field.
25/02/2014 - Play Europe: what happened during the 2nd project event in Kortrijk……
Kortrijk, Belgium – 20-22 February 2014 Our young leaders started their 2nd Play Europe event with a very interesting visit at the European Parliament where they had the chance to get deeper on how the European Union is organized and works. With a new consciousness about the meaning of being European citizens, the delegation moved to Ypres to start working on the event theme “Youth inclusion” and continue the reflection about the challenge of being a Leader. Many very interesting contributions were given about important topics such as youth care, youth inclusion in leisure activities, leisure for youngsters with autism, physical accessibility of events and youth and poverty and, on the basis of these inputs, young participants worked on the contents of the European Social Agenda 27, one of the project outputs. The last day was dedicated to the discussion on the Leadership: our young leaders are trying to understand what is the real meaning of this word by comparing theories to practical experiences and situations. This meeting has been very fruitful and effective for the implementation of the project outputs and also for the building up of a stronger cohesion, coordination and involvement of the young participants “playing” the project.
……….and what is going to happen in the 3rd Play Europe event in Rotterdam!!! Rotterdam, Netherlands – 24-26 April 2014 While homework is on progress, the next project event is approaching. The theme that participants will face will be “youth employment”. Discussions and workshops will guide young Leaders to analyse the current situation in each one of their Countries. They will try to build up and contribute to future recommendations targeting Employment skills and pathways To know more about the event, visit the project website www.playeurope.eu
26/06/2014 - “EESC pushes for ‘European energy dialogue’
“EESC pushes for ‘European energy dialogue’ By Pierre Jean Coulon who is EESC co-rapporteur on making consumers real players in the energy market. Pierre Jean Coulon says member states and civil society need to ‘talk to each other’ about where the EU’s energy comes from and how it is used, now and in the Future. Please refer to PARLIAMENT MAGAZINE 23 - 9 June 2014
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31/01/2014 - Play Europe project.... Kortrjik Belgium 20-22 February 2014
While young European leaders involved in the project are working hard on the elaboration and drafting of the contents of the two strategic documents of the project on youth leadership and the suggested social agenda for 2027, the second project meeting, that will be held in Kortrijk Belgium from 20 to 22 February 2014, is approaching. The meeting will be focused on the subject of youth inclusion. The participants will work at different levels developing approaches and tools to ensure an efficient an effective involvement of youth at risk. Of course, also on this occasion young people will be protagonists responsible for elaborating proposals, ideas and new strategies. To follow us please visit www.playeurope.eu
Considering the findings from the report 2012 on the evolution of the social situation and employment in Europe, this one shows an increasing rate of unemployment, a significant risk of poverty and social exclusion rising for European citizens and a decline of household incomes. Socially, Europe is going wrong!
This report is accompanied by other annoying other news such as the term in late 2013 of the European food aid program for the most vulnerable whose number is still increasing!
This observation shared by all European members should not leave us unresponsive, or let us sink into moroseness and inaction. On the contrary, it should encourage, at the eve of 2013, to move from political will in to action!
If these elements actually reflect a continuation of the crisis and its social and economical impact, the fact remains that proposals are emerging and need to be taken up and defended.
We will particularly highlight the important role that will have to play local authorities in their respective member states regarding the coming implementation of cohesion policy and its programming period 2014-2020! The Europe 2020 objectives require a mobilization to have social inclusion and fight against poverty and exclusion omnipresent and to better answer the needs of the population in term of accessibility to rights and social services, to trainings and so on.
The announcement by Lazlo Andor, European commissioner of the creation of a European fund for the most vulnerable, shows the willingness of the European commission not to definitively bury the the aid provided since the 80's, but to make it reborn in another format, with several priorities, with another budget format, with new conditions for granting and so on. Of course it is a step forward, but stakeholders, including local authorities, needs to be mobilized to have the aid provided (116 millions of European citizens at risk of poverty), in the best conditions!
Social innovation and experimentation will also be at the heart of the programs after 2013. They should permit to promote exchange of experiences but also to gather together stakeholders on the territories to develop local social action concerted.
New working opportunities are now opened to reinforce the European social pillar and to answer the challenges faced by our societies.
Patrick Kanner Vice-president of ELISAN President of UNCCAS