YMDRAB Bulgaria was awarded the prize “Best Practice of 2012” by the “Youth in Action” Programme
On 12th March 2013 in the National Palace of Culture in Sofia was held the Annual Evaluation Meeting of the “Youth in Action” Programme and the European Information Network “Eurodesk” for 2012 in Bulgaria. The event was attended by the Director and all experts from the Programme in Bulgaria, more than 150 deputies of youth organisations, which have been financed during 2012, the Eurodesk coordinators from the whole country as well as a great number of official guests both from Bulgaria and abroad. The Deputy Minister of education, youth and science, Mrs Petia Evtimova, was the special guest of the annual meeting who greeted all the participants.
During the ceremony the achievements of the developed projects were estimated in facts and figures. Furthermore, the most successful projects were awarded with the prize “Best Practice of 2012”. We are extremely proud of the fact that the project of YMDRAB, “Let’s give a helping hand” was selected as “Best practice of 2012” amongst the first three projects in the category “Training and Networking”. In recognition of the effort and the effectiveness of the work, YMDRAB received a glass statuette from the Director of the “Youth in Action” Programme Bulgaria and a diploma from the Deputy Minister of education, youth and science. On behalf of the organisation, the vice-president Yonko Dodev accepted the award and expressed his satisfaction and gratitude by giving a speech to the attendants.
In 2013, YMDRAB has applied within “Youth in Action” with a new project. It is called “Let me be One of You!”. It is a continuation of the awarded project from the last year, “Let’s give a helping hand!”.
What is more, the representatives of YMDRAB had the opportunity to visit the “National Day of the career” and to participate in the interactive performance of “Youth in Action”, which were conducted simultaneously with the Annual meeting for evaluation.
YMDRAB would like to wish you to experience the same feeling of proud and excitement from the appreciation of your effort as we did when we received the award prize “Best Practice 2012”!
One of KLJB “hot topics” is energy policy and supply
At their annual meeting in spring 2013, the German Catholic Rural Movement (KLJB) passed a resolution concerning the energy supply of the future. Their vision for the year 2050: An energy supply completely based on renewable energies. The paper describes standards for the production, storage, transport and consumption of energy. In their vision, photovoltaic, geothermic, wind and water power as well as biomass will completely provide the energy supply of the future. Hence, nuclear power plants and fossil fuels will become obsolete.
KLJB believes that our society has to have every intention to tackle energy turnaround now. Only a 100% renewable energy supply can save the resources of our planet, our base of life and the environment, which is strongly threatened by our current way of life. Germany is on the right track but still has a long way to go: In 2012, about a quarter of their energy supply was covered by renewable sources.
At their annual meeting, more than 100 KLJB members discussed and worked together to give the paper the finishing touches. They were supported by renewable energy expert Thomas Duveau of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), who held a workshop dealing with the risks and potentials of the energy change. This workshop was part of the study session of the KLJB meeting. Under the heading “alternative economies”, the workshops of this session featured topics like the supply chain of mobile phones, community-supported agriculture and alternative financial systems.
The paper “100 Prozent erneuerbar” can be found here: www.kljb.org/positionspapiere (in German).
Another initiative of KLJB is “72 hours – we are heaven-sent”. This is the biggest social campaign in Germany. Will you be a part of it? For more details you can visit the following link http://www.72stunden.de/ueber-uns/dv/berlin/downloads.html and find information materials in English, French and Spanish.
Magdalena Puc and Monika Sputa, representatives of EiR Poland took part in Study session organized by European Coordination Via Campesina ECVC in co-operation with the European Youth Centre Budapest which held from 3th to 8th of February in Budapest.Here you can read what they shared with us:
In the beginning
We had got clear and obvious purpose: More Young Farmers, better food. There were not only farmers but also students, coordinators, member of agricultural organization. We could exchange our knowledge, experiences, expectations and find some solutions. As we represent different countries such as: France, Germany, Hungary, Belgium, England, Andalusia, Italy, Poland, Bolivia, Spain, we tried to explain situation and reality in our countries. We have sometimes different points of view, assumptions. It’s connected with our origin. Every country has got different politics, economics, regime, condition of agriculture. But due to these differences our meeting was more interesting.
Every day we talked about different topic which was connected with idea of our meeting. We discussed about: The common Agricultural Politics( CAP). We had thought how it looks now, we gathered our ideas connected with changing and improving agricultural politics. Another day we discussed about social aspects in agriculture. We participated in debate on gender issues in agriculture and migrant workers in a peasant’s right respective. The main attention was focused on increasing the awareness and understanding on these issues. Via Campesina’s leading special program connected with the phenomenon of violence against women.
We visited an agro ecology farm near Budapest. The farmer showed us his farm, animals etc. Our discussions were also mixed with feedback. People shared their conclusions, experiences. They presented e.g. feedback from the Seminar on access to land in Romania 2012. Every feedback, presentation could persuade participant and help to understand, believe that there are meaningful acting. Even if we’re doing small things: occupying land, protesting, debating.
What will happen in the future?
We prepared future activities of ECVC and were planning our future during these session. These session was the best time to decide, think about the condition agriculture. Due to such creative, full of passion and open-minded people, we could encourage each other to acting.
After these study session we had received some small seed - idea. We plant it in our mind. If we try to use it in future, each of our acting will be amazing. As a good farmer we should take care of our plant, creature the best condition for growing. The more active we will be, the more beautiful plant we receive in the end.
We are happy to release the first Nyéléni Europe Newsletter! We hope it will be a participative and useful tool for communication and for sharing initiates from all around Europe. This Newsletter will aim to provide an intensive exchange of information in order to continue the fight for realizing Food Sovereignty in Europe.
Based on the working structure at the Nyéléni Europe Forum, the Newsletter aims to give continuous update about the work on different Food Sovereignty issues, and about activities and actions of the various constituencies. Therefore the Nyéléni Europe Movement for Food Sovereignty invites all of you to send information to be spread email@example.com by the 15th May 2013 for the second edition of the newsletter.
We call on all organisations to take a role in distributing the Newsletter in their networks. The Newletter can be printed out and distributed at different events, actions, demos.
You can find more information on the following website http://www.nyelenieurope.net/en/
Food Sovereignty Now!
The Nyéléni Europe Committee
With young people across Europe badly hit by the crisis, and youth unemployment at record levels, it is time to act. That's why today, the Commission has made a concrete proposal to give Member States access to resources immediately, and make the 'youth guarantee' a reality for young people now.
There is a budget of €6 billion for countries to begin implementing the Youth Employment Initiative, and ensure that every young person has a job, apprenticeship or is in further education within 4 months of becoming unemployed. Read about it here: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-217_en.htm