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Theme of the Month – July #eyd2015

Published on July 1, 2015 by in blog

Children and Youth

When world leaders signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child 25 years ago, they promised to guarantee every child the right to life, to be educated and healthy, to be treated fairly and to be heard. But has the world kept its promises? As Nelson Mandela said, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” Can today’s children look forward to a brighter future? And what about the children of tomorrow?

http://ec.europa.eu/justice/fundamental-rights/rights-child/index_en.htm

Website on the Rights of the Child

Designed for children and teenagers, using games, animations, videos, and short articles. Young people can learn more about their rights and about EU efforts to protect these rights. They can also find contact points in the EU countries to which they can turn if they feel their rights are violated.

http://ec.europa.eu/0-18/wrc_index_en.jsp?main=true&initLang=EN

Kids’ Corner

http://europa.eu/kids-corner/index_en.htm

Education, training & youth

Investment in education and training
is crucial for boosting young people’s
personal development and job
prospects.

http://europa.eu/pol/educ/index_en.htm

The new Erasmus+, programme is designed to tackle youth unemployment by improving young people’s skills and employability.

 

 

 
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UK REFERENDUM-useful links

Published on June 29, 2015 by in blog

UK REFERENDUM

Now that the  Conservative Government has committed the UK to a referendum on continued membership of the EU, here are some useful links:

Track progress of the European Union Referendum Bill 2015-16, announced in the Queen’s Speech and published on 28 May.

Between 2012 and the end of 2014, the coalition government published a Review of the balance of competences between the EU and the UK. The 14 lengthy reports appeared with little publicity and no official summary has been published. This full briefing by the Senior European Experts attempts to fill the gap.

A legal analysis of the ways in which treaties have been adapted in the past has been written for the European Parliament by Professor Steve Peers: Trends in differentiation of EU law and lessons for the future.

Britain’s fraught relationship with Europe is analysed in a study prepared by Ireland’s leading think tank, the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA): Britain and Europe: the endgame – an Irish perspective.

The BBC’s guide to the UK’s planned in-out EU referendum gives brief answers to key questions.

A wide range of material can be found via European Sources Online.

 
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What does the EU mean for us, shoppers and consumers

Published on June 22, 2015 by in blog, slider

The European Union (EU) works to give consumers a fair deal across the EU. The free movement of goods,capital, services and people throughout the world’s biggest market means lower prices, wider choice and better quality for everyone. You can buy wine or get your teeth for less money thanks to the single market.

Download the brochure http://bookshop.europa.eu/en/what-does-the-eu-mean-for-us-shoppers-and-consumers-pbIK0213746/

WHERE TO GO FOR MORE INFORMATION:
United Kingdom European Consumer Centre hosted by the Trading Standards Institute offers free impartial advice in European cross-border disputes between consumers and traders.
http://www.ukecc.net/services/

European Commission, Health and Consumers
http://ec.europa.eu/consumers

 
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Working in Europe

Published on June 17, 2015 by in blog, slider

Useful websites for information on living, working, volunteering, and studying overseas​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

EURES – The European Job Mobility Portal

Find out about the employment situation and living and working conditions in other European Economic Area (EEA) countries and access job vacancies.
Your Europe
Practical tips to help you move around the EU. The Work & Retirement section includes: Working abroad; Finding a job abroad; Retiring abroad; Taxes; Unemployment and benefits. There is also information on Education and Health.
Country Profiles (Prospects)
Information, aimed at students and graduates, about working and studying in some 29 countries around the world, including the job market, visa requirements and sources of vacancies.
Work in another EU country (GOV.UK)
The UK Government website includes an overview of your rights when working in another EEA country, Health and insurance, and Tax. There’s also information for ‘Posted workers’, i.e. when your employer temporarily sends you from one EEA country to another.
Claiming benefits if you live, move or travel abroad (GOV.UK)
You may still be able to claim some benefits if you travel or move abroad, or if you’re already living abroad. What you’re entitled to depends on where you’re going and how long for.
PLOTEUS – the Portal on Learning Opportunities Throughout Europe
Includes information on moving to another European country to study, exchange programmes and grants, and the recognition of foreign diplomas and qualifications in European countries.
European Youth Portal
Information for young people on studying, working, volunteering and travelling in Europe. Includes portals with detailed information on about specific programmes and activities all over the world.
VOLUNTEERING OVERSEAS
Interested in learning new skills while helping others? Volunteering introduces you to new people and cultures, giving you invaluable experience that can enhance or influence your future career.
Everything is Possible
Based in Leeds, Everything is Possible offer volunteering and learning opportunities overseas for young people (aged 18 to 30) who usually have little or no chance to travel abroad.
The European Voluntary Service
Helps young people to volunteer abroad.
VSO – Voluntary Service Overseas
VSO volunteers work to fight poverty in the developing world and change the lives of thousands of people for the better.
 
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Theme of the Month-June, #eyd2015

Published on June 10, 2015 by in blog

Sustainable Green Growth, Decent Jobs and Businesses

The green economy has particular relevance for developing countries, as many are vulnerable to external shocks such as climate change, natural disasters or food and fuel crises. Sustainable green growth should at the same time alleviate poverty, protect the natural environment and ensure decent work with labour rights and standards, social protection and social dialogue all upheld.

Today, there are over 200 million people unemployed worldwide. Only about a quarter of the working-age population in developing countries is engaged in productive and decent employment; nearly 900 million workers are living in households with incomes below the poverty line. Businesses are job creators and lead innovation and change, they are key to ensuring decent work and forging responsible and sustainable development. At the end of the day, development is about making investment and economic activity work for everyone, while protecting our planet.

https://europa.eu/eyd2015/en

Check out our IT Sessions for Employment sessions:

Need support for job search, use Universal Job Match, attach your CV or download an application form? If you answered ‘yes’, then come along and join us for friendly and informal drop-in workshops ‘IT for Employments’. These sessions will support people looking for work both in a local area and in Europe. http://europedirectleeds.org.uk/archives/6292

The work club and Enterprise club sessions:

http://europedirectleeds.org.uk/archives/5724

 

 
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What does the EU mean for us, holidaymakers?

Published on June 6, 2015 by in blog, slider

For holidaymakers Europe means safer, easier holidays with consumer and citizen protection. The European Union  has put through a range of measures to tackle everyday problems we face when taking a holiday. Tourism is important economically. Directly and indirectly it represents 10% of EU gross domestic product (GDP) and 12 million jobs.

 

download the brochure http://bookshop.europa.eu/en/what-does-the-eu-mean-for-us-holidaymakers–pbIK0113802/

USEFUL LINKS
Consular protection web site
http://europa.eu/!JM97fv
Your air passenger rights
http://europa.eu/!TY99kG
FAQs passenger rights
http://europa.eu/!jR39BM
Banned airlines
The EU has a list of airlines banned
on safety grounds:
http://europa.eu/!DV44Mn

 
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IT for Employment workshops at Leeds Central Library

Published on June 5, 2015 by in blog, slider

Need support for job search, use Universal Job Match, attach your CV or download an application form? If you answered ‘yes’, then come along and join us for friendly and informal drop-in workshops ‘IT for Employments’. These sessions will support people looking for work both in a local area and in Europe.

‘IT for Employment’ workshops start on Wednesday 3rd June 2pm – 4pm and will run weekly. The workshops are located in the Central Library, the 1st floor Learning Suite in the Art Library. These are free to attend; there is no booking – just turn up!

Please see below all summer dates for ‘IT for Employment’ workshops:

June

 

July

August

Wednesday 3rd June 2 – 4 pm Wednesday 1st July 2 – 4 pm Wednesday 5th August 2 – 4 pm
Wednesday 10th June 2 – 4 pm Wednesday 8th July 2 – 4 pm Wednesday 12th August 2 – 4 pm
Wednesday 17th June 2 – 4 pm Wednesday 22nd July 2 – 4 pm Wednesday 19th August 2 – 4 pm
Wednesday 24th June 2 – 4 pm Wednesday 29th July 2 – 4 pm Wednesday 26th August 2 – 4 pm
 
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Green Week 2015 Nature – our health, our wealth

Published on June 3, 2015 by in blog

 

The 2015 edition of Green Week, the biggest annual conference on European
environment policy, will take place from 3 to 5 June at The Egg
Conference Centre, Rue Bara, in Brussels. The theme will be nature and
biodiversity
. More information here:  http://ec.europa.eu/environment/greenweek/

 
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Events and Activities

Published on June 1, 2015 by in blog, slider