Majorities for minorities
Empowering Participation in a Heterogeneous Society
JEF Seminar, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland, 23–28 March 2008
Today's peaceful and prosperous coexistence of European states and institutions is heavily based on the acceptance of high common standards regarding the principles of democracy and human rights. This reality involves the presence of a myriad of cultural, linguistic, ethnic, religious and other minorities irrespective of their historical origins (migration, settlement, etc.). The premises of democracy and human rights cannot be detached from the topic of minority rights protection. In what sense is the fulfillment of minorities' claims inherent in human rights?
What means are conceivable to satisfy the European minorities' needs in contemporary society? What institutional patterns favor the peaceful existence of a culturally diverse society in Europe with full participation of all actors in the political decision-making process? And how does it come that majorities develop sensitivity for the situation of minorities? Majorities for Minorities is an initiative of JEF-Europe, a supranational, politically pluralist youth organisation with about 25,000 members in over 35 European countries. The aim of JEF is to work for the creation of a European federation as a first step towards peace and a more free, just and democratic society. Majorities for Minorities is supported by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe. Application procedure If you want to participate in this international experience, please send the attached application form to the following e-mail address:
Deadline for applications
Applications have to be submitted before
Thursday, 31 January 2008.
Selected applicants will be contacted by mid-February.
A limited number of scholarships available will be available for this event. If your personal situation makes financial support necessary in order to participate, please mention the reasons in the enclosed form.
Applicants requiring a visa for Switzerland are invited to fill in in the enclosed visa application form.
1050 Brussels (Belgium)
Phone +32 2 512 00 53
Fax +32 2 626 95 01
Location: Biel/Bienne, Switzerland
Arrival: Sunday, 23 March 2008, afternoon
Departure: Friday, 28 March 2008, afternoon
Registration fee: 100 EUR for JEF-members, 150 EUR for non-JEF members to be paid upon receipt of confirmation.
Package includes: Hostel accommodation, all meals, materials, and excursions as in the seminar programme.
Travel reimbursement: 70% of travel costs will be
reimbursed after the seminar.
(Maximum reimbursement: 160 EUR)
International Seminar "Stimulating Youth Participation: Why Politics matter!", Athens, October 22-29
JEF Greece and JEF Europe are pleased to invite you to Athens to participate in the International Seminar "Stimulating Youth Participation: Why Politics matter!", which will take place 22-29 October.
JEF Europe plans to gather participants from more than 30 European countries from different regions of the continent that range from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean.
JEF-Europe Federal Committee Athens, October 27-29
JEF Greece and JEF Europe are pleased to invite you to participate in the JEF-Europe Federal Committee, which this time will take place in Athens, in Greece.
The Federal Committee of JEF Europe will meet from Friday 27th October (start in the afternoon) until Sunday 29th October (end around 14.00).
23rd International Seminar on Federalism, FEDERALISM FROM EUROPE TO THE WORLD, Ventotene, September 3-8, 2006
A seminar on an Italinan island - monument of federalism: Ventotene. A seminar on federalism, of course. We're going discuss and debate federalism, attend to the lectures on federalism and in the free time you can visit the grave of federalism's father - Altiero Spinelli. But don't worry, you won't get fed up with it, there is also time to get sun at the beach, try marvelous Italian food and make crazy parties.
New Europe – New Challenges, JEF Serbia Seminar, Belgrade, 7-11 September
If you want to learn more about European Union
If you would like to know more about European integrations of Balkans
If you want to show that young people can take active role in these processes
If you would like to get known Serbia
Or if you are looking for great fun
You are the one we are looking for. J
International JEF Seminar in Moldova
The Young European Federalists Moldova are happy to invite you to the international seminar "The Role of Civil Society in Democracy Building", which will take place between 17 and 24 September 2006, in Chisinau, Moldova.
The seminar will be developed in the framework of the European campaign "All Different All Equal", with the support of the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.
The seminar aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the role of civil society in the process of democratization and European integration, including by presenting the experience of EU old, new and acceding member countries. Besides theoretical aspects it will include visits to the most important NGOs from Moldova and to Government bodies.
60 YEARS OF EUROPEAN FEDERALISM “Between federal state and federation – historical foundation for the future of Europe?”, 22 – 24 September 2006, Zürich and Hertenstein (Switzerland)
1946 was a crucial year for the European movement: in September Winston Churchill gave his famous speech at the University of Zurich, in which he pleaded for the United States of Europe. At the same time, European federalists convened in a conference in Hertenstein at which they came up with twelve theses. These twelve principles became know as the "Hertensteiner program" which lay the political foundation for the Europa Union Deutschland (EUD) which was brought to life on 09.12.1946 in Lower Saxony. After two other conferences in Luxembourg and Basel, the Union of European Federalists (UEF) was founded, in December 1946.
At the occasion of this 60th anniversary, NEBS (Neue Europäische Bewegung Schweiz), EUD, UEF and JEF (Young European Federalists) want to celebrate together and critically reflect the historical importance of the events: Which effect did Churchill's Zurich speech and the Hertensteiner program have on European integration? To which extent are they still relevant today, 60 years later?
Balkan Training Days, 28.9.-2.10.06, Ohrid, Macedonia
For the 4th year running, the Balkan Training Days will gather participants from the JEF-sections in the Balkans and Norway for 5 days of organisational training. The training will focus on issues as recruitment, funding and project managing. The goal is to strengthen the sections and to generate activities and cooperation in the region.
The seminar is open to members of JEF sections in the Balkan region, and is organized by JEF Macedonia, JEF Slovenia and JEF Norway.
For more information contact lars(at)jasiden.no