Eastern Partnership Project
AEGEE Eastern Partnership Project 2016 – 2018 is an undertaking created out of commitment of young Europeans who understand the importance of youth initiative. We recognise the necessity to provide young leaders, activists and entrepreneurs with opportunities to experience the advantages of work in an international environment; to encounter cultural diversity and to establish a relationship of friendship and mutual respect among themselves.
We believe in order to have an effective and prosperous Europe it is essential to have increasing levels of cooperation between the countries that reside in the continent. This project is specifically aimed at the cooperation and development between the European Union and the countries that take part in the Eastern Partnership. These countries are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. We believe that involving these countries is essential to a peaceful and prosperous Europe. The people that are part of this project all share a passion and willingness to invest time and effort on voluntary basis in order to create activities and content that will help us reach our goal.
The project aims to promote democratic, economic and societal development in both the EU and the EaP partner countries. There are three main pillars of our program that will strive to achieve our goals.
Providing essential information and expertise to both parties about the situation in the EU and the Partner countries;
Promoting cross-cultural exchange and cooperation, increasing the bonds between the two parties;
Training and increasing the competence and self-efficacy of our participants to become engaged and provide them with the means to influence the situation in their country.
Established in: 2011 (first phase), 2014 (second phase)
- To promote the idea of active citizenship and youth participation in the Eastern Partnership program region.
- To advocate to stakeholders and governments for the recognition of the role that youth participation has in shaping a democratic society.
- To empower youth by providing it with knowledge and tools regarding citizens’ rights and duties.
- To build mutual understanding and trust between people from the Eastern Partnership countries and the rest of Europe.
- to strengthen partnerships and to share practices with youth organizations from the Eastern Partnership and other European countries.
- to promote the respect of human rights as crucial focus area in the consensus-building processes.
- to inform and to create an opportunity for discussion.
The AEGEE Eastern Partnership Project is the continuation of the successful first phase of the project of that name. The new team of highly skilled and motivated people started work on the second term of in the autumn 2013. The project became officially lauched at the Spring Agora Patra 2014.
Working in the same direction as the European Union (within the framework of its Eastern Partnership programme) gives a possibility to coordinate the project’s activities with a broader, political perspective. Via cooperation with our Network, governments and non-governmental organisations we believe we can influence the increase of youth power in target societies and bring positive changes in establishing a strong civil society sector.
The project’s values are based on belief that this initiative is a core element of AEGEE’s mission of bridging Europe. In order to make links between the Eastern and the Western part of our continent we decided to act with the objectives crucial to the development of civil society in Eastern European and South Caucasus.
The ideal member of the EaP team is a highly motivated young person interested in the countries of the Eastern Partnership or the programme itself. All members of the team are selected according to the project’s needs, no matter if they are new members of AEGEE or experienced ones. All requirements depend on the vacancy and are usually stated in the open call issued for each of the positions.
Related fields of study:
- International Politics
- European Studies
- Political Science
Mailing list, Google Hang-Out meetings, Facebook group, sharing data systems (Google docs, Dropbox), live meetings
Amount of work required:
It varies depending on the position held.