This is the new edition of the JEF Belgium Newsflash! - Announced events will be held in English unless stated otherwise. 
Special Edition
Europe Day
May 2012

Festival of Europe - Brussels, Saturday, 12 May

On Saturday 12 May we celebrate the Festival of Europe! For the full list of activities, click here.
The European Movement and JEF Belgium will also be present. We have a stand on the Esplanade in front of the European Parliament and will entertain visitors with all sorts of activities. 
Are you free to help our team of volunteers between 9h and 18h? Even if only for a few hours; that would be fantastic! Please email Elvira: so she can provide a lunch for you and reimburse your travel tickets to Brussels!
Do you know anyone born on the 9th of May 1950? Convince him or her to come to the Festival because this person will have the opportunity to meet up with President Herman Van Rompuy!
Also invite your family and friends to join the party :-)

'Jour Fixe' of JEFers in Brussels
- 9 May

The ‘jour fixe’ of JEF in Brussels is a nice tradition! On the first Wednesday of every month we meet in the restaurant Ultime Atome (14, rue Saint Boniface, 1050 Bruxelles). This month, we have chosen to postpone it to 9 May, for Europe Day! In order to book a table, please confirm your participation either with a short email to or via the Facebook event you will find on the JEF Facebook page.

Not only active members of JEF are welcome, but also Alumni or people who are just interested in what we do and who we are. If you happen to be in Brussels for the next ‘Jour fixe’ on Wednesday 9 May from 7 pm onwards, feel free to join us for a drink (or a meal) and a nice evening in the Ultime Atome.

When: 9 May, 19.00
Where: Ultime Atome, 14 rue Saint Boniface, 1050 Brussels.

Tête à tête Steven Van Hecke - Youth in the EU, what about their future? - Leuven, 10 May

This edition of Tête à tête will elaborate on the future of young people in Europe in the light of the recent eurocrisis under guidance of Steven van Hecke, EU-researcher (University of Antwerp). 
Times are changing, and they are changing very fast. What can we, Millennials do, to safeguard our own future? Will we survive the clash of generations? Do we need more youth participation in politics in order to set the right political agenda? Will more youth mobility be able to create a European identity and consequently better European solutions? Participants will be able to interact with a European expert about their own dreams or worries related to European issues or current affairs.
Do you care/worry about your future? Come and join the debate!
When: 10 May, 20.00 
Where: Café De Lange Trappen (First floor), Mathieu de Layensplein 1, 3000 Leuven.
Link to the facebook event:  

Muzen van Europa - with Anne van Lancker
- Gent, 8 May

JEF Gent invites you to its yearly activity, the "Muzen van Europa". During that event we will put a prominent woman of European politics in the spotlight in a cosy and informal atmosphere. This year we are pleased to welcome Anne van Lancker. Mrs Van Lancker was an MEP for 15 years, where she was known for her indepth knowledge. Since 2011 she has been working as gender expert for the World Population Fonds of the UN. 
Places are limited, so if you're interested, send an email to as soon as possible. "Attending" on facebook is not sufficient! 
When: 8 May, 20.00.
Where: het Geuzenhuis (café De Geus van Gent)
*** event will be held in Dutch ***

Europe Direct Antwerpen: De crisis in Europa - 9 May

Europe Direct Antwerpen organises a lecture with Marc de Vos about the crisis in Europe. Marc de Vos is professor of labour and employment law at the University of Ghent and director of the Itinera institute in Brussels. He will explain how our era is the scene for a variety of crises happening at the same time and how we can bring light to the end of the tunnel. He will deal with the financial crisis, the eurocrisis and the aging society. 
When: 9 May, entrance from 19.00, start of the lecture 19.30, reception 20.30. 
Where: Europa Direct, Lombardenvest 23, Antwerpen
Entrance is free, however registration via is asked.
*** event will be held in Dutch ***  

JEF Leuven: European Movie Night - 9 and 16 May

JEF Leuven invites you to a series of European Movie Nights! Each night we will select one of the pearls of European cinema, serving food and drinks that are typical for that certain European region (Nordig, Mediterranean, Balkan, ...) and create the atosmosphere to make you feel real European.
When: 9 and 16 May, 20.00
Where: MSI 01.08 (Mgr. Sencie-Instituut, Erasmusplein 2, 3000 Leuven)
Facebook event:

Ventotene seminar 2-7 September
- Deadline 6 May

JEF Italy and the Altiero Spinelli Institute for Federalist Studies invite you to the Ventotene seminar 2012! The call for participants is now open. This 29th edition will focus on 'Federalism in Europe and in the world' and will take place in early September, on the island of Ventotene in Italy. 
Some topics of this year's conferences will be: Peace today in a globalised world / The European Union and other regional integration processes / The federalist proposal for a new economic and monetary world order. 
Methodology: Each day will begin with two to three talks (09.30-11.00), followed by working groups (11.30-13.00). The afternoon session will be devoted to groups' feedback (17.30-18.00) and interactive discussions between participants and speakers (18.00-19.30).
Deadline for applying is 6 May 2012! You will find the draft programme and the selection procedure here:

 Your potential is needed! - European Student Think Tank

Look­ing for an inter­na­tional chal­lenge to acquire and improve your lead­er­ship, lan­guage and social skills? European Student Think Thank is looking for new young potential!  For the coming year, applications for the board 2012-2013 are open. Apart from the Board positions, there are also other ways to contribute to EST. Become the ambassador in your country, or write articles that get published on the website!
JEF Belgium strongly supports European Stu­dent Think Tank (EST) which is a plat­form that aims at enga­ging stu­dents in the polit­ical and policy-making pro­cess of the European Union. If you would like to apply, please send an application to with a motiv­a­tion let­ter and a resume before May 20th 2012.  (contact person Belgium:
Board position:

Youth Ambassadors Summer Institute is looking for YOU! 

Are you interested in a once in a lifetime experience? Do you want to experience first hand dimplomatic procedures and meet with some of the policy makers of the EU, NATO and other organizations? Then apply for YASI 2012!

The Youth Ambassadors Summer Institute (YASI) is a youth exchange bringing together 28 youngsters from 7 different European countries (Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Luxembourg, Moldova, Norway and Poland) in order to shape them to become more politically active citizens. The project will take place in Brussels between July 16th – 26th, 2012. The participants will take part in discussions, workshops and sight-seeing tours concerning primarily diplomacy and media, secondly the EU and global problems.

The age limit is 16-19 years and a very good command of English is necessary.
The participation fee is 75 euros, with everything (transportation, accommodation, food) covered.
Application deadline is the 9th of May.
When: 16-26 July
Where: Brussels.
More info you can find here:

In this issue
Europe Day is Europe May! Start reading to find out everything about events taking place on and around Europe Day!

Events calendar

Muzen van Europa
20.00, Gent

Europe Day! 

European Movie Night
20.00, Leuven

Jour Fixe
19.00, Brussels

Lezing: De crisis in Europa
19.00, Antwerpen

Tête a tête! Youth in the EU - What about their future?
20.00, Leuven

Festival of Europe
whole day, Brussels

European Movie Night
20.00, Leuven 

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