This is the new edition of the JEF Belgium Newsflash! - Announced events will be held in English unless stated otherwise. 
Newsflash
September 2012


JEF starts into the new academic year - get involved from the start!

After a short summer break we're back, full of energy and motivation and of course new ideas for the new academic year!! And you can be part of it!!

With the start of the new academic year, also the local sections of JEF Belgium will hold their general assemblies. Find out which JEF section is closest to where you live/study/work and get involved from the start into a new year full of activities, international events and seminars! 

Brugge: contact Daan (daan.pelckmans@gmail.com or Monica (monica.tiberi86@gmail.com).
JEF Brussels: General Assembly on 19 October. Time and date to be confirmed. For further information contact jefbrussels@gmail.com.
JEF Ghent: contact jef.gent@hotmail.com.
JEF Leuven: General Assembly on Wednesday, 26 September. For more info, contact jef.leuven@gmail.com.

Is your city not in the list? Contact us! Let us know, where you live and we can bring you in touch with a local section - or we support you with setting up a new one!

JEF France is turning 20 - celebrate with them!

This year, les Jeunes Européens-France (JEF France) celebrates its 20th anniversary, twenty years of associative and non-profit work, for more European integration and ultimately a federalist answer.

The anniversary will take place with M. Bernard Cazeneuve, French Minister for European Affairs, Jo Leinen, president of the European Movement International, and Jean-Marie Cavada, president of the European Movement France. Other political personalities close to our ideal and values will also be there.
 
When: October 12 from 18h to 21h
Where: Représentation du Parlement Européen à Paris (288 Boulevard Saint Germain, 75007 Paris). 

For more information, contact Francois-Xavier Hen
Please confirm your attendance by sending an e-mail to Mrs. Bennet.

JEF Birthday and FC in Copenhagen, 26-28 October

The next JEF FC is coming closer and JEF Belgium is looking for a delegation. Some basic informations:
 
What is the FC?
For more information on what the FC - Federal Committee is - check here. Many of you who were at the last FC meeting in April in Leuven, which was co-organised by JEF Belgium/JEF Leuven, know that an FC is thé ideal mix of politics and fun, where you learn how the European level of the organisation works, participate in discussions on our political stances and the future of Europe, and enjoy socialising with +30 different nationalities of JEFfers.
 
How can I represent JEF Belgium in the FC?
By joining our delegation as observer. As observer, you practically have the same role as the FC-members; but no vote. JEF Belgium's national delegate is our President Peter Oomsels and he will thus carry our vote. We will have a special meeting with the whole delegation before the FC to discuss the proposed resolutions and agree on a common JEF Belgium stance, which we will lobby/defend during the plenary sessions! 
 
Can I create JEF policies too?
That is highly encouraged! If you have a great idea for a resolution yourself, don't hesitate to enlighten us. Information on writing a resolution can be found here. Deadline for resolutions is 5 October.
 
What is special about this particular FC?
We are celebrating JEF's 40th birthday on Friday 26 October 2012 in Copenhagen, just before the FC-weekend. The celebration day (9am - 10pm) will be co-organised by JEF Denmark and consist workshops and debates about the past, present and future of Europe, as well as an opening event and a gala in the evening!
 
OK, how can I join?
You have two options:
1. Participate ONLY in the FC meeting (arrival on Friday 26 October, departure 28 October in the afternoon).
The participation fee of 80 EUR is to be paid by bank transfer within 8 days after receipt of confirmation.
Unless further notice to the accepted delegates and observers, NO travel costs can be reimbursed!
 
2. Participate BOTH in the 40th Anniversary event AND to the FC meeting (arrival on Thursday 25 October, departure 28 October afternoon).
The participation fee of 80 EUR is to be paid by bank transfer within 8 days after receipt of confirmation.
Thanks to the support of JEF-Denmark, there will be PARTIAL travel costs reimbursement for participants attending BOTH the 40th anniversary celebration event and the FC (50% up to maximum 100 EUR).
Convinced? CLICK HERE TO APPLY! DEADLINE: 16 September 2012 (23:59 CET)
 
We look forward to having you in our JEF Belgium delegation!

Save the date: In the week of 15-19 October we will hold a special board meeting with all observers and others who are interested in preparing the JEF Belgium's position regarding the different resolutions. More info will follow.  

Debate with Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament

Organised by the newspaper Le Soir in cooperation with the European Movement Belgium.
After José Manuel Barroso, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Guy Verhofstadt and Herman Van Rompuy this time Martin Schulz will debate with Maroun Labaki and Béatrice Delvaux, journalists of Le Soir.
Register soon and ask Mr. Schulz a question via lesoir.be

When: Wednesday, 26 September. 
Where: European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60, 1000 Brussels.

*** Event will be held in French ***

Workshop on democracy 2012 - JEF Madrid

JEF Madrid invites you to its workshop on democracy - the kick-off for further events around democracy!
This project is the result of the partnership of JEF Madrid and JEF Catalunya, coordinated by JEF Spain and is funded by the European Commission through the Youth in Action programme.

Global Objectives of the project
• To promote greater awareness among the youth of the theoretical mechanisms that govern democracies
• To promote a close practical knowledge on the various democratic processes
• To contribute to a greater awareness among young Europeans of their similarities in their common democratic project
• To create a European democratic awareness
• To make public the activities of EU institutions

Conditions
• English will be the working language
• Participants who will attend the workshop have to participate in the online activities
• Participants age: 18-30.
• Participation fee: 60 euros for people coming from JEF or partner organizations. It includes food and accomodation for the whole stay. The participation in the online activities is free.
• Travel reimbursement: 70% of travel costs (maximum reimbursement = 100 euros) for JEF and partner organizations.
Deadline to apply is 20 September 2012


Here you can find a more detailed description of the seminar and here you can find the application form.

As JEF Belgium is one of their official partners, we highly want to encourage JEF Belgium members to participate! When you sign up, please let also our International Officer, Sarah, know! 

The Big Quiz on Europe! Ryckevelde wants to challenge you! 

 
Ryckevelde heartly invites you to take part in its “Big Europe Quiz” on Friday, 5 October!
Doors will open from 19.00, start is at 19.30.
Participating is much more important than winning, and winning is NOT dependent on how much you know about Europe (although it might help a bit).
Register with a team of 4 people or register alone and the Ryckevelde match-makers will do the best to find a team for you. Registration is for free.

When: Friday, 5 October. 
Where: PHTI, Henleykaai 83, Gent. 

*** Event will be held in Dutch. ***

Wanted: Guinea pig for "Hotspot Europa"

Do you live in the area of Brugge? Would you like to show your knowledge about the EU and give feedback? Then you’re the perfect test person for “Hotspot Europa”, organised by Ryckevelde!

On Wednesday, 3 October they will test the brand new educational activity “Hotspot Europa” at the Tolhuis in Brugge.
“Hotspot Europa” is a visitors programme for West-Flamish schools. You will work as “guinea pigs” in small groups, just like the “real pupils”. Every group will do some tasks related to the EU by using a tablet pc. Afterwards you will give feedback about the programme in your group, content-wise as well as with regard to the format. What did you like? What could be improved?
Your feedback would be extremely helpful! Send an email to info@ryckevelde.be if you’d like to participate. Of course you can bring your friends and family.

When: Wednesday, 3 October
Where: Tolhuis Brugge: Jan Van Eyckplein 1-2
Duration: 3,5 hours (till 17.00): 2,5 uur tests + one hours feedback

In this issue

Call for observers for the FC in Copenhagen - and JEF's birthday party!

Another birthday: JEF France is turning 40!

Call for participants for a workshop on democracy in Madrid!

and much more...
 

Events calendar

26/9
JEF Leuven General Assembly
Leuven 

5/10
De Grote Europa Quiz
Gent

12/10
JEF France birthday party
Paris

26-28/7
FC Meeting & JEF Birthday
Copenhagen


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