- "Show openness and respect-despite the crisis!" - Malmström
- The EU Institutions: Multiculturalism homogenised?
- Ideas that Matter - Commission trainees share inspiration
- This Week in Europe...
Four months ago, as I gazed across the sea of faces at the opening conference of the Winter Traineeship, I was taken aback. Not by the considerable number of stagiaires... read more
Trainees from the European Commission organised an event called 'Stagiaires' Ideas that Matter: our Impact on the World'... read more
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
|No crisis at the MEP Awards 2011 - at least not at first glance|
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Chris Mackin, PR of the Stage Committee: "We are working incredibly hard to make the experience special for every stagiaire."
playing the PR tunes at the Stage Committee
In 2012, the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol will expire. The Protocol, created in 1997, legally bound 37 industrialized countries and countries in transition to cut down on 5% of their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions during the past five years. As decided by the contracting parties at the Climate Summit in Bali 2007, the follow-up agreement to the Kyoto Protocol (KP2) should have been put into place in Copenhagen in 2009. However, until now, the parties have still not come to an agreement on the principal controversial issues of a KP2: the level of GHG reductions, the involvement of the developing countries and the extent of financial transactions. This week, the international community will again meet together at the 17th UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa. Time is pressing for decisions, which is why this summit could be the match point for the future of the Kyoto Protocol.
|"We must do as much as we can to push others forward."|
Connie Hedegaard, Commissioner for Climate Action
According to figures of the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the EU is the world's third-highest emitter of CO² emissions, following China, and the US as first and second respectively. The United States has never ratified the Kyoto Protocol nor cut down its GHG emissions. China is not a legally bound party to the Protocol and its CO² emissions have increased by 206% since 1990. The other important industrialized parties to the treaty, Japan and Canada, have completely failed to meet their reduction targets and have already refused to renew their commitments. Also Russia, which has shown brilliant reduction results, has pulled out again.
On the contrary, the EU-15 has proven to be a credible precursor of the Protocol, as it is predicted to meet its reduction target of 8% by 2012. According to a recently voted resolution by the European Parliament, the EU will take on leadership at the UN Climate Conference and push for a second commitment period.
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Sunday, 27 November 2011
|Ice skating rink at St-Catherine|
There is something for everyone this weekend: Wear a hat to the Funky Hat Party at Havana Club. Stroll around the city center to get in the Christmas mood. Dance the night away to Balkan music. Or watch a geeky film about the universe at the Planeterium.
The European Commission’s index of consumer confidence fell for the fifth month in a row this November, signalling to a likely return to recession in the euro zone. The growing financial pressure in this area is increasing the likelihood of government defaults which may trigger the break-up of the euro zone.
In the not so distant past, to question the stability and solvency of the European single currency would have been thought sacrilegious. Upon the entry into circulation of euro coins and banknotes on 1 January 2002, the euro was widely regarded as a legitimate trading alternative to the US dollar. Confidence in the success of the euro was so strong that no provision for the exit of member states from the single currency was ever written into EU legislation.
The once unthought-of possibility of euro-zone disintegration is fast becoming a reality. Last week Germany’s conservative Christian Democratic Union party passed a resolution calling for changes to the Lisbon Treaty to allow euro-zone members to voluntarily exit the monetary union without giving up membership to the broader European Union.
Moves were made to put an end to the political stalemate in Belgium this week, with Elio di Rupo as the likely candidate to become the next prime minister after the King asked the French speaking socialist leader to form a new government.
The move comes after the political parties reached a deal on the 2012 budget in which Belgium commits to reduce its deficit to 2.8 per cent of GDP. The agreement symbolises an important step towards to the formation of a new government more than 18 months after elections were held.
Pressure was building on Belgium to act after Standard and Poors downgraded the country’s credit rating stating the government’s inability to respond to economic pressures as one of the principal factors contributing to the downgrade.
Thursday, 24 November 2011
|Tutankhamun exhibition at Brussels Expo until November 27|
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
|la foule dansante: |
I Love Techno a attiré 35.000 spectateurs
Monday, 21 November 2011
Find out more about Youth in Action possibilities here.
To gain a bigger overview on the programme, Lucia Mrazova interviewed Mr. Pascal Lejeune. He has been working for the European Commission since 1986 and currently, he is the head of the Unit in charge of Youth in Action that deals with the ambitious programme for all young people in Europe.
Sunday, 20 November 2011
You do not need to have an official non-governmental organization (but NGOs can participate as well), nor do you need to be a student or youth worker. You just need to find some friends who are as enthusiastic as you are and are between 13 to 30 years old – a group of a minimum of four people will be called “informal group“. The EU grants to cover all expenses on activities, accommodation and 70% of travelling expenses. But maybe you just wish to help others abroad, but you need a hint as well as financial support. YiA supports individual volunteers that wish to spend one year abroad, working on a particular project in some organization – this action is called European Voluntary Service. The EU covers all expenses and you only need to find a sending and receiving organization.Or maybe you already work as a youth worker at your national level? You can also receive financial support for your own idea. One example from Slovakia: A group of four friends – journalism students, submitted a project to support visibility of the voluntary program and traveled abroad to make short documentaries about three Slovak volunteers working in three different countries. Films were presented all over Slovakia in schools and youth centers to promote this fantastic opportunity of the Youth in Action program.
There are several ways to get involved. This time we will present you the so called Youth Exchanges, probably the easiest way to gain support for your international project.
1. To create your own project on a certain topic (can really be anything, from Capoeira, theatre, music, culture and youth policy to sports, helping disables, anything you wish to discuss and you seek an opinion of another culture), you need to find a foreign partner(-s) (you may use either several FB databases, your friends from abroad, or simply google them…), further to discuss the program together with partner group(-s) and finally submit the project – meaning, to fill in a simple form (about 20 pages) and send it to the National Agency (every EU and partner country has its own agency).
2. The easiest way to get involved is to send a one page form (called Part III) to the group of people or organization that organizes this projects and search for foreign groups (there are also databases on the internet, for instance FB groups such as Youth Media Team or EU Projects Partners Finding group). When the project is approved, you can go!
You will find more information at the website of EACEA website, where you can find out more about your options and ways to get involved in the Youth in Action projects.
By Lucia Mrázová
Thursday, 17 November 2011
|Sarah Kazemy in Circumstance (2011), screens Thursday at the Pink Screens Film Festival|
The Oldies Party is the first party of the new Stage Committee and will celebrate classics from the 80s and 90s. Dress up as you favorite oldies star, whether that's Madonna, Freddy Mercury or John Travolta. Dress to impress your fellow stagiaires and you could be voted King or Queen of the night. The winner gets a great prize. At Cafe Bota, near Botanique.
November 19 is musician's day at the AB (Ancienne Belgique). The tenth edition is expecting to be visited by thousands of young musicians from across Belgium. They can participate in workshops, take master classes, and receive feedback from industry professionals. Flemish singer Lady Linn is one of the experts present Musician's Day to give advice to the younger generation.
For lovers of Art Nouveau, the exhibition Victor Horta Revisited is a must-see. Horta was a Belgian designer and Art Nouveau architect. The exhibition focuses on shopping in stores and warehouses designed by Horta and the atmosphere of shopping at the turn of the century in 1900 in Brussels and Europe. Horta's work can be admired until December 4th, 2011 at te BELvue museum.
Genres d’à côté celebrates gender diversity and sexual minorities at the Pink Screens Film Festival. The 10th edition, which is held from November 10 to 19, includes more than 80 films on gay, lesbian, queer, trans, feminist and gender themes. Films on the progam: Circumstance by Maryam Kershavarz, Auf der Suche by Jan Kruger, The Advocate For Fagdom by Angélique Bosio, For 80 Days by José María Goenaga/Jon Garano and Whip It wich features Ellen Page and Drew Barrymore. The festival closes with the Pink Party at Bruxelles-Congrès, near Metro Rogier. Tickets: € 5, students € 3.50.
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
“My guys are great - all four of them!” says Deborah Walker, the General Coordinator of the new Stage Committee, about her team
The Stage Committee seems to be a nice place to meet many trainees and all of them will get to know you very soon. But why did you decide to run for a position there, did you have any specific intentions?
I love challenges, and I knew this would be one. I also like meeting a lot of different people, and this position definitely allows you to do that. I’m usually ridiculously organized and I knew this would be a skill I could use as general coordinator. More than any other stage position, the general coordinator requires efficient, timely and accurate problem solving skills and using these skills both excites me and allows me to do something I’m good at. Plus, who wouldn't want to be on call 20 hours a day, 7 days a week for 650 trainees!?!
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Monday, 14 November 2011
War veterans are the latest in a long line of recruits joining the Occupy protests outside St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Such is the scale of the protest that, in a break with tradition lasting more than 800 years, the new Lord Mayor of the City of London was this week anointed at the cathedral’s south entrance rather than the building’s front steps.
The peaceful protest against economic inequality, social injustice and corporate greed began on 15 October 2011 in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York. The protestors occupy two encampments in central London in St Paul's Cathedral and Finsbury Square.
As protestors attended Remembrance Day services at St Paul's Cathedral, they were joined by former service personnel with their own list of grievances against the government. At least 15 military veterans have joined the camp in protest over their post-conflict treatment.
Their presence serves to illustrate the increasingly diverse support base of the anti-capitalist Occupy movement, which, just weeks after the protests led to the resignation of three of the cathedral's leading clerics, has now been endorsed by a canon in residence at St Paul's.
Sunday, 13 November 2011
|Photo by Greg Smith|
Stage Echoes: The European Commission Traineeship program is generally perceived as a prestigious type of internship. Thousands of young people apply every year to get this opportunity. But what are the main objectives from the side of the Commission?
Bruggink: I believe it is always useful to give a real historical overview. The aim of the Traineeship Program is to give an opportunity to young university graduates to learn about how Europe works. Either they decide to stay or not, all of them have a very concrete experience. This very idea already started in 1960, so right after institutions have been created. The first scheme started with three trainees, which, compared to the total number of staff, was already quite important. This basic idea of introducing people to things that we are doing and why we are doing them is still there. The program has expanded over years and since the mid-90s we have had about 600 trainees twice a year. Also, the number of applicants has increased, since in the mid-90s there was increase from four to six thousand applications per period. Now, due to the crisis, there are about ten thousands of them for each period.
Thursday, 10 November 2011
|Dinner's Served! From Field to Plate, art exhibition on food production and distribution|