2016 and the European Union - getting strong together?

Posted: 2016-01-18
Category: Europe
Tagged: , eu , europe , future , politics

Editor's note: Ana Maria Ducuta, PhD candidate in History and also popular writer reflects on the sensitive EU issue.


2016 is the year of the Monkey in the Chinese horoscope. Following the footsteps of an explosive 2015, new major challenges for the European Union are coming. 2016 will be the year of answers, weather diplomatic or military, of challenges and solutions, but most of all, the year of reshaping political and social identities on the European agenda. It is becoming more clear that any lack in the European policies can hurt the stability of the European Union more than ever and that it can damage its values in a very hurtful manner.

Old Vs Young. The portrait of an ageing Europe

Posted: 2016-01-11
Category: Europe
Tagged: , ageing , donum animus , eu , latvia , life skills academy , sintija bernava , young


Ageing is one of the European Union’s main demographic challenges. European Union is continuing to age and number of children and young people has been decreasing continuously over recent years.  Eurostat -the statistical office of the European Union — carries out annual collections of demography data from national statistical authorities, including statistics concerning population.   In 2015, the European Union population reached population 508 million people and the  number of elderly people (aged 65 or more) has been exceeding the number of children since 2004.

Happy New Year 2016

Posted: 2015-12-31
Category: Europe
Tagged: , 2016 , new year


Make New Year's goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you're interested in fully living life in the year to come. 

Open call for the European Peace Summit 2016

Posted: 2015-12-29
Category: Europe
Tagged: , budapest , peace , summit



The 1st European Peace Summit is organized in the frames of Peace Revolution, from World Peace Initiative Foundation. Peace Revolution is a free online self-development project aiming to promote a culture of peace through the practice of mindfulness and meditation. Peace Revolution’s slogan, Peace In Peace Out, stands for each individual’s choice to be the change they want to see in the world. So, through individual mindful action, we can make sustainable world peace a tangible reality.


Milda Ezerskyte: Each country should find it's own way to integrate refugees

Posted: 2015-12-18
Category: Europe
Tagged: , baltics , eu , future , integrationsnet , migrants , refugees , scandinavia


What is the future of Schengen zone and secrets of of successful integration of the refugees? Today we have interview with Milda Ezerskyte, representative of the Danish project "Integrationsnet", she is also expert in the refugees integration, has practical background of working with them. Milda participated in the My!Europe conference 2015 as a speaker and agreed to share her views with us. 

By Aleksey Vesyoliy for the, 18.12.2015.

Киев не перестает удивлять. 4 видео + фото

Posted: 2015-12-06
Category: Europe
Tagged: , eu , europe , kiev , ukraine


Киев не перестает удивлять!

"Центр Киева - БТР и младенец. Киев не перестает удивлять. Что случилось в центре столицы? Откуда столько боевой техники? Прохожие с детьми только и успевают снимать это на видео", — пишет Оксана, наш активист в Киеве.

Инфографика: Атомная энергия в Европе

Posted: 2015-12-01
Category: Europe
Tagged: , eu , fukusima , nuclear , nuclear energy


Начиная с Фукусимы Европа разделилась в подходе по атомной энергии. На востоке расщепление атомов всё ещё популярно..

Children in Europe are at risk of poverty and social exclusion

Posted: 2015-11-26
Category: Europe
Tagged: , children , europe , povetry , risks


Current economic, financial and social crisis is creating an increase in relative and absolute child poverty and social exclusion across the European Union and beyond its borders. Of the estimated 2.2 billion children worldwide, about a billion, or every second child,  live in poverty. 22 000 children die each day due to povery, according to UNICEF data. Even in countries that have experienced economic growth in recent years, the gap between rich and poor is increasing. 

Павел Мельник: тренды и возможности Европейского рынка IT-индустрии.

Posted: 2015-11-17
Category: Europe
Tagged: , ephyrus , , eu , it , mila-pavlova , pavel-melnik , rigacomm , russia , startup , ukraine , us


Украинские молодые предприниматели Павел Мельник и Мила Павлова приехали на RigaComm 2015 из Киева познакомиться с рынком информационных технологий Латвии, представить свою компанию Ephyros и открыть для себя новые направления и возможности. А вот легко ли быть молодым IT предпринимателем в Украине? Какие направления открывает для себя IT-индустрия Украины? Мы взяли интервью у CEO Ephyros и у вас есть возможность узнать, что на самом деле происходит на украинском рынком IT, взглянуть на контрасты Европейского рынка, а также посмотреть на новый тренд в России.

Baltic Russian Youth Forum 2015: Reviews & Comments

Posted: 2015-11-10
Category: Europe
Tagged: , bryf , bryf2015 , estonia , finnland , latvia , lithuania , norway , russia , sweden


Baltic Russian Youth Forum 2015 is finished, but it's only the start of the story! Big Thanks to Estonia for such deep and extraordinary work. The best way to understand forum and to become closer to it's atmosphere is to read participants comments and remarks on the contents. See you the next year in Vilnius. Enjoy!

Baltic-Russian Youth Forum 2015: New start in the North

Posted: 2015-11-03
Category: Europe
Tagged: , bryf2015 , estonia , finland , latvia , norway , russia , sweden


Baltic-Russian Youth Forum started in Estonia. This year is especially interesting, because of new geopolitical realities. Tallinn gathered international experts not only from Baltic countries and Russia, but we see very deep input from Nordic countries and even Easter Partnership. We tried to gather the most interesting quotations from the opening session in Tallinn on the topic on "Nordic-Baltic Perception of Security".

Exercise: Values and ideas

Posted: 2015-10-20
Category: Europe
Tagged: , brainstorm , exercise , tool , youth-work


Brainstorm is one of the most common tool to generate ideas for project or activities. After brainstorm session usually you have listed dozen of ideas. Tool we present can be very helpful inthis particular situation in decision making.

Composing Multiculturalism: Lisabonā apskatāma starptautiska fotogrāfiju izstāde

Posted: 2015-10-19
Category: Europe
Tagged: , latvija , lissabon , riga , sintija-bernava

Lisabonā apskatāma starptautiska fotogrāfiju izstāde ‘’Composing Multiculturalism’’, kurā piedalās arī trīs Latvijas pārstāvji.


Sintija Bernava

Nevalstiskās organizācijas – biedrības „DONUM ANIMUS“ valdes priekšsēdētāja

Idea generator

Posted: 2015-10-14
Category: Europe

This tool helps to generate various solutions for identified problem and prepare brief plan of its implementation.


It use both individual and group work.

Aims of the tool

Develop ideas

Find innovative solutions for indentified problems 

Think how limitations can influence on problems solution 

Empowerment of young people for political participation in the democratic life in Europe

Posted: 2015-10-13
Category: Europe
Tagged: , democracy , europe , euyc , italy , latvia , participation , youth


Final Joint Recommendations on “Empowerment of young people for political participation in the democratic life in Europe”


Luxembourg, 21 - 24 of September 2015

E-Booklet: Take Initiative to Rock Your Careers

Posted: 2015-10-08
Category: Europe
Tagged: , erasmus+ , ngo , projects , toolkit


The tool presents the project 'Take Initiative to Rock Your Careers', its activities and results. These are about the possibilities of volunteering, EVS, social initiatives and NGOs. Additionally, various youth tips for success in career are provided.

Видео из Киева: Видимо скоро выборы..

Posted: 2015-10-02
Category: Europe
Tagged: , elections , kiev , kyiv , threats

Видео из Киева: Видимо скоро выборы..

Только пока не знаю цель их похода... но думаю что какая-то заварушка перед выборами в местный совет 25 октября. Ходят такие воины добра по улицам и ничего их не смущает, творят добро, блин. И музыка на русском, — комментирует наша активист из Киева.

Street campaign? Easy! Animate the Change

Posted: 2015-09-29
Category: Europe
Tagged: , protest , street art , street campaigning

Training Course


13-22 November 2015 | ULCINJ, Montenegro

Training for future multipliers in Street Campaigning!!!


Reaching groups of young people that are excluded, isolated, discriminated, building a tolerant and healthy divers community is always a hard, challenging and difficult task. Streets have a huge potential in terms of informing, making awareness, including and building a community therefore specific methods designed for street work are highly recommended in this field and specially in times when they are not so widely applied.

Max Kettle. Facebook for PR. Part 1.

Posted: 2015-09-28
Category: Europe
Tagged: , facebook , pr


It can be a little overwhelming at first, but Facebook represents great opportunities for PR..

Балтийский русский форум ищет участников из Латвии

Posted: 2015-09-23
Category: Europe
Tagged: , baltic , bryf2015 , estonia , europe , latvia , lithuania , russia

Срочно! Балтийский русский форум-2015 ищет участников из Латвии.


Dear friends!

Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association wants to let you know that we are looking for 3-4 active Latvian participants to this year`s "Baltic-Russia Youth Forum" which will take place form the 3rd until the 6th of November in Tallinn, Estonia. The event will happen in collaboration with the NATO HQ, Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Estonian Ministry of Defence. In addition, we are also collaborating with the Embassy of Canada.


For more information look here.

Young Peacebuilders Forum

Posted: 2015-09-08
Category: Europe
Tagged: , dialogue , education , forum , training , youth

11-15 November 2015, The Hague, NetherlandsThe UNOY 


As we celebrate the adoption of the Amman Youth Declaration written by young peacebuilders from all around the world, we would like to invite you to attend the UNOY Peacebuilders’ annual Young Peacebuilders Forum. The Forum will take place in The Hague 11-15 November 2015 and will bring together 60 young peacebuilders to come together to share their experiences and discuss common challenges.

Fail Forward Lab in the Ireland

Posted: 2015-09-04
Category: Europe
Tagged: , erasmus , insteslajute , ireland , leadership , program , training , youthwork

Editor's note: When I checked list of European trainings I found really interesting one. Worth spending your time. 


Training Course 25 October - 1 November 2015 | Co.Wicklow, Ireland

'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better' (Samuel Beckett, 1906-1989)


#Infographics: International Youth Day

Posted: 2015-08-16
Category: Europe
Tagged: , brazil , eu , russia , un , unity , world , youth-day

#Infographics: International Youth Day 


This Friday our eyes turn over #Youth.

On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day.

Dive into yourself!

Posted: 2015-07-08
Category: Europe
Tagged: , education , eu , ngo , program , youth

Training Course24-31 August 2015 | Croatia


Training course on personal development and experiential non-formal learning in outdoors method and tools, designed for youthworkers, youthleaders, trainers and interested individuals (teachers, educators, project leaders, project managers, volunteers).

João Joaquim: youth humanity destroyed

Posted: 2015-07-06
Category: Europe
Tagged: , future , latvia , portugal , povetry , problems , unemployment , youth

Editor's note: João Joaquim is Youth Leader and one of the "Scream for Freedom" projects coordinators. João gives us realistic perspective on the situation in Portugal. 


More then it seems Portugal is in chaos, especially in social and psychological level.

Each day that it pass, the economic conditions of families, violence and insecurity about the future get worst...It is almost impossible to stablish a life plan based on defined objectives, we do notknow if we will have jobs tomorrow due to contract laws/ Forced laws that make our plan ruined orthe country itself bankrupted....