Daniel Poli

Youth as Actors of Change – Shaping and developing the EU Youth Strategy through research and innovation

The policy kick-off meeting for the projects in the tender category YOUNG 2014, part of the new Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, took place in Brussels on 10 and 11 June. The eight projects were presented to European Commission representatives from a range of policy areas, followed by a discussion of the various approaches and desired outcomes. IJAB is a partner in one of the new projects, which addresses youth e-participation. [read more]

Caren Marks, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Family Affairs, also took part in the discussion.
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Stephanie Bindzus

Parliamentary Breakfast on International Youth Work addresses removal of mobility barriers

Cuts in social benefits for young people with disabilities during long-term stays abroad, nearly insurmountable bureaucratic hurdles when applying for visas – in spite of improved overall conditions, international youth exchanges still face numerous challenges. On 21 May in Berlin, heads of bilateral youth offices and coordination centres, IJAB and JUGEND für Europa, and members of the German Bundestag discussed existing obstacles and possible solutions. [read more]

Gruppenbild vor dem Brandenburger Tor
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Christian Herrmann

"We can only shape youth policy with your help"

The J7 Youth Summit was launched in Berlin on 7 May. Young people from all over the world have gathered to discuss topics on the G7 Summit agenda and formulate in a position paper what they expect of the decisions of the heads of state of the major industrial nations. The young delegates were satisfied with the results of the first day. [read more]

The All-China Youth Federation visits Bremen - Reception at Bremen Town Hall
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Dorothea Wünsch

Bilateral expert committee agrees details of continued Sino-German youth policy cooperation

Members of the bilateral expert committee on youth policy cooperation between Germany and China met from 9 to 12 March in Bremen to agree the details of the two countries’ continued collaboration in this field. The talks also included a presentation by the Chinese side on current youth policy challenges in China. [read more]

Bob Payne and Alekos Tsolakis: Eurodesk’s founding fathers at the 2015 Summit in Brussels
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Christian Herrmann

Celebrating 25 years of Eurodesk mobility information: Continued focus on the future

Eurodesk, the European mobility information network, was founded in Edinburgh 25 years ago. Once a regional Scottish project, the network now has coordination offices in 34 countries and runs more than 1,200 local service units. Participants were in a celebratory mood at the Eurodesk Summit in Brussels, but it was also time to reflect upon new challenges. [read more]

Cathrin Piesche

Time to act! International youth summit J7 to take place from 6 to 14 May 2015 in Berlin / Meeting with Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel

In June Germany will host this year’s G7 Summit, during which the heads of state and government of the seven leading industrialised nations will discuss pressing global political issues. However, before the world’s most powerful political leaders arrive in Germany, it’s the younger generation’s turn. On the initiative of Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) and UNICEF Germany are inviting young delegates to come to Berlin from 6 to 14 May 2015 to attend the international J7 Youth Summit. BMFSFJ has commissioned IJAB, the International Youth Service of the Federal Republic of Germany, to organise the event. J7 officially forms part of the dialogue with civil society that itself is part of the G7 Summit in early June in Schloss Elmau, southern Germany. [read more]

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Christopher End Ulrike Werner

"Nothing about us without us“

A youth meeting for young people with and without disabilities from four different countries? Doing voluntary service in Thailand in a wheelchair? That's all been done... But how can we ensure that such flagship projects of inclusive international youth work become part of everyday life for all young people? On 10 and 11 December 2014, 43 participants from 9 nations tried to find answers at the international conference "+inclusion – Towards a more inclusive non-formal education and international youth work" in Cologne. [read more]

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