Social situation for Italy’s citizen in some cities is penible. The grip the organized crime has on society is awful. As long as other european countries keep ignoring the problem, the situation won’t change. Also, to speak about their Press freedom… How is it possible that a country’s president is able to decide what’s in the paper, the news or on tv. They should have special restrictions for that.
The campaign for the elections has taken part during the last months. We all know that, it is not just the two previous weeks of the election day.
But one thing is true: after the whole effort, one second summarizes the results, the ballot.
Today, june 5th, is the second elections day. Yesterday citizens of the UK and Nederlands had the chance to make their own informed choices. Today is the turn for Ireland and Czech Republic. But still, just in case you wanted to forget about voting, here is something to encourage a bit more.
Just a last effort!
One week till 7-June. Even less for countries voting on 4th. And the Y Vote Campaign goes through its maximal stand. Reaching Edimburgh for the last convention of the UK Tour, on the recent past we had “Sparks of Future” in Brussels, the closing ceremony for the Europe-wide campaign, where the European Students had the possibility to interact with another group of US-Students coming from the best Universities of their country.
Four whole weeks on the road have left its fruits, and nine months of campaign also. A little summary of this time can be checked here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC2WwBCC9SY&feature=player_embedded
Hundreds of bracelets given, leaflets, interviews with young citizens, decens of workshops and debates with Members of the Parliament and Commisioners…Nine months encouraging the people to vote in june all around Europe.
And now, the final convention is starting, last participants, last debates, last lectures. Last thoughts before the vote, and last visits to the eurosceptic streets of Scotland. There is still a strong hope that all the Y Vote spirit, with its colours and it strengh, will change this.
Under the title “Make a Choice”, National Manager of the Y VOTE Campaign in Greece, Efi Chronopoulou, presents the development of the project in their area. www.parethesi.gr explains the main objectives of the campaign in Greece and its performance. You can read here Efi’s article about it, and enjoy the web through the link.
For the Greek campaign we decided to combine the knowledge and ideas of 2 organisations, AEGEE and ELIX, and create a common project called “make a choice”. This took place from January to June 2009. Drawing from our experience and our volunteer meetings we hope our actions and skepticisms will have an better impact on the youths of our country.
Actions and activities
During the course of the programme a series of different actions will be implemented in order to combat the political ignorance of our youth. These actions will offer young people incentives, helping them take a more active role in politics and thus assisting them in becoming more conscientious citizens.
The following are some of the actions/incentives:
· Street congregations in central locations throughout Athens, Piraeus, Thessaloniki, Patras and Rhodes primarily on the 9th of may which is the day of Europe
· Flyer hand outs, radio, cinema and television advertisements will be implemented for the advertisement of the campaign.
· Organising a 3 day conference in Athens in May(27-28-29) at the office of the European Parliament for Greece.
· An exchange of young people composed of 25 volunteers from 5 different countries through the European programme “Youth in Action”.
· A special event for the closure of the programme taking place at an exterior location for one day.For the main events we plan to divide the venue in three “corners”. The first corner will be the section giving out information whilst the second corner will concentrate on free expression. Finally the last corner will focus on amusement.
The “make your choice” campaign is made possible by the support of important Greek and European institutes. The municipality of Athens sheltered and nurtured this project whilst the Greek sector of the European parliament gave its endless support in many factions of the project. In addition, some of the campaign’s goals are made possible through the partial funding of the European committee through the Communications and cultural Directive from Brussels (programme “When You Vote You Win” of Elix) and through the programme Youth in Action (Youth exchange of Elix).
National Manager of Greece
Four days ago, the official driver of Y Vote Uk Tour 2009 put the keys on his bus and started the jouney for the campaign through the United Kingdom with destination Parliamentary Elections on the 4th June. During an intense conference in the city of London, the participants could discovered the essence of the project, and put the first seeds of the campaign in the streets of the capital. Last day, when they packed ready to leave the UK, a new group of fresh young people came to London to start their journey, together with the Y Vote Team and Miha, the master of the british roads. All this adventure can be followed in the official blog of the tour, and also you will be updated here.
This experience will be unique for everyone, for the enthusiastic participants and for the british students and people on the streets as well, who will meet the Y Vote spirit and practices during the next weeks. From London to Edhimburg, from the South to the North, from the beginning to the end of the campaign, you will have the chance to be part of something really special and young. For the ones who still want to try, for the ones who don’t like to read what others do and prefer to do it themselves, there is still a chance to do it. Applications are still open for “This is England, UK Tour part II“, and also for ”Let’s go North, UK tour part III“, or for the final sprint, already touchin scottish fields, “To the Highlands, UK Tour part IV“.
Join the bus!
During the day, all the participants for UK tour launching convention in London of the AEGEE Y Vote Campaign were arriving to the capital of the British country. As usual, they had some time to get to know each other and visit the city, while the group was complete. An unsual warm and sunny day seemed to predict a fully exist for the project, and the streets of London gave the participants the necessary inspiration to start a short conference which will lead to the 42-days long UK tour, visiting 26 cities and ending in Edimburgh just before the elections day.
The group and the cooordinations team is recovering all the strengh to start the day of tomorrow and discuss the hot topics they will deal with. This blog will be giving all the necessary information during the following days to be part of this unique experience through the “Island of Y”. So, wake up early tomorrow and join us during the conference!
Around 50 days to the elections. Even less. And the Y Vote campaign thinks about the work done at the same time that the project comes to its highest point. Cyprus hosts the biggest event for AEGEE members, its Spring Agora. And during this, the European Youth Choice is present on the Workshops list to give another chance for the participants to be part of the efforts to bring Youth voters to the election.
Fresh ideas for the future and conclusions about past conferences. More than half of the Youth Agenda has already been developed by participants, politicians and the coordination team since september. But now, in less than one week, a new group of energic participants will land in London ready to convince the most sceptics to vote for their candidates the first week of june. “The Island of Y” is prepared to kick off the journey to the Choice. Don’t miss the bus and follow us!
While the last participants are still recovering and assimilating their great experience in Ljubjlana, a new group of European students is ready to start dealing with Education in the city of Budapest. Ljubjlana let us a big amount of results concerning multiculturalism in different fields, such as multilingualism, education in diversity among the countries, policies for art and integration…
This time Ljubjlana held a peculiar conference. On the one hand, participants had the privilege to take part in debates with recognized politicians, the former Primer Minister of Slovenia, Mr Lojze Peterle, or the interesting meeting with the Commissioner for Science and research, Mr Janez Potocnik during the first day, which gave the participants a charge of motivation to give their best for the whole week. On the other hand, we had a very active conference, with many workshops through the city. Visits to art galleries, museums and alternative centres for artists brought the spirit of Y Vote also to the city, even taking into account the adverse weather and the continuous rain during the whole week.
About the results, participants put in common the differences in their countries on the field education, for example, and stressed the necessity to build a system with more practical knowledge, wider horizons in contents, and harmonization in some topics while regarding particular cultural and historical diversity. Most of the thoughts were translated into concreted measures which will be added to the recommendations to the Parliament in the Youth Agenda 2009.
The sixth Y Vote convention started in Ljubljana on March 27th, 2009. European multiculturalism was being closely examined in the »most beautiful city in the world« (words by the Mayor of Ljubljana we all remember from our General Assembly last April). Young people from 20 different European countries were exploring the topic focusing on languages, culture, education and media featuring workshops, excursions and speeches of several researchers and members of the European Parliament. For the first time in AEGEE history, a member of the European Commission contributed to the convention on its first day: Janez Potocnik, Commissioner for Science and Research.
There was a chance to talk about multilingualism, the topic of the day, but also to use the opportunity to get an insight view on the main European policies. During his speech he pointed out some of the main trends that the European Union will face in the future: the climate change, power shortage, and most recently, the financial crisis. His suggestion was to focus on sustainability and to increase European and international cooperation in the field of research and development.
The meeting with the Commissioner overcame all expectations. Not only was he able to answer all the questions proving an incredible knowledge, but also was he open for further discussion. The participants perceived him as very natural and honest, speaking to such a young audience for the first time.
This was certainly an one of a kind opportunity for the participants of the Y Vote on Multiculturalism in Ljubljana. Apart from that, they enjoyed a truly multicultural week in the capital of Slovenia.