Novi Sad: Strategic partnerships and activities for promotion of youth work

Posted: 2016-03-19
Category: Europe
Tagged: , eu , novi sad , serbia , sport , training , youth work

Full name of the project: Strategic partnerships and activities for promotion of youth sport work during the European Week of Sport


Training Course
31 May - 8 June 2016 | Novi Sad, Serbia
TC empowers youth sports workers to improve in their work by strategic networking and implementing youth sport work events for European Week of Sport as opportunities for “sport for all” activities, inclusion & intercultural acceptance in our communities.

Six reasons why anti-Putin opposition is rising tensions in Baltics

Posted: 2016-03-17
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , baltics , cis , eu , nato , russia , sweden , ukraine , youth policy

"You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” ― Stephen King



I am more NATO optimist, but I want this publication to be real critical and I hope reader may see possible changes in the constructive direction.

Four cornerstones to battle youth unemployment

Posted: 2016-03-13
Category: Europe
Tagged: , eu , europe , youth , youth guarantees


The idea of a Youth Guarantee is becoming more popular across Europe: Sweden and Finland have already gone ahead.

Expedition - Designing Adventure in Rural Environment

Posted: 2016-03-10
Category: Europe
Tagged: , lithuania , trainings , youth participation , youth policy , youth work

Training Course14-22 May 2016 | 

Daugirdiškės, Lithuania


You work as a youth worker in rural environment? Youngsters complain that there is nothing to do there? You want to use digital technologies and develop their adventure skills in the middle of nowhere? Then come to 'Expedition'!

Safe drinking water and sanitation still is a luxury

Posted: 2016-03-08
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , global , poverty , water , youth


Global water demand is largely influenced by population growth, urbanization, food and energy security policies, as well as macro-economic processes. Over the past century, the development of water resources has been largely driven by the demands of expanding populations for food, fibre and energy. Strong income growth and rising living standards of a growing middle class have led to sharp increases in water use. Water is the core of sustainable development. Economic growth itself is not a guarantee for wider social progress. 

Open project: Discover Sanandaj. Part 2

Posted: 2016-03-07
Category: Adventures
Tagged: , adventures , discover , iran , kurdistan , sanandaj , travel

Dear reader! Now, it's time for the second part of the open project in cultural diplomacy about Iran. We now focus on the province Kurdistan and it's municipal center Sanandaj. Motivation for all this story is simple: "Search. Discover. Seek knowledge."



Photo credits: Aryan Nasrollahi, photographer of Uni's Magazine, exclusive for project.

Baltic cooperation: future enhancement IS possible

Posted: 2015-09-08
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , byp , estonia , future , latvia , lithuania , poland , youth policy

The training course project "Baltic cooperation: developing local youth policy together" brought together 32 participants from Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania for a 7 day training course on regional youth policy development to Lithuania AUGUST 23 - 30, 2015. 


Emmet Tuohy: The Real Fight for Ukraine’s Future

Posted: 2016-02-29
Category: Europe
Tagged: , cis , eu , europe , future , nato , russia , ukraine



As rain clouds sweep in from the west on a winter morning, the Ukrainian Black Sea town of Mykolayiv does not present the most welcoming picture. Up to three feet of standing water obscure the city’s main intersections, where stray dogs and homeless people rush to traverse four lanes of traffic before the next taxi driver hydroplanes through. Local newspapers are filled with advertisements touting the “dignified, legal pay” of $60 per month for janitorial work, or seeking “women 18-35” who can earn $120 per month as “online chat hostesses, English language skills preferred.”

Photo: Near city hall in Mykolayiv, Ukraine, a large mural declares, “Wherever Ukraine lives, peace prevails.” Credit: Emmet Tuohy

Молодёжный дом без вложений: через практические навыки к инновациям

Posted: 2016-02-24
Category: Latvia
Tagged: , daugirdiske , youngfolks , , youthwork


Может ли молодёжь построить сама для себя дом не имея на то средств? Может! Инновации есть не только научно-технические, но и не менее важные в социальной сфере, в молодёжной работе.

Once upon today... in Europe

Posted: 2016-02-17
Category: Europe
Tagged: , eu , germany , international training , krzyzowa , poland

Training Course15-21 April 2016 | Krzyzowa, Poland


"Once upon today... in Europe" is an international training on how to work with historical narratives in non-formal youth education in the International Youth Meeting Center in Krzyzowa (Poland).

Crossing the sensitive border

Posted: 2016-02-15
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , care , domus animus , education , health , life , sexual education , sintija bernava

Editor's note: why sexual education is so important for the modern school and that's not only about refugees and health, it's about new educational program.


Sexual health is a sensitive area, covering multiple levels of educational, ethical, medical, social and cultural customs. 

According to the current working definition by World Health Organisation  working in the area of sexual health since at least 1974., sexual health is: “…a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.” 

Ana Maria Ducuta: Personal identity in a globalized world — a myth?

Posted: 2016-02-12
Category: Europe
Tagged: , bi-cultural , eu , eu citizenship , identity

Isn't globalization a great multi-layered threat to the very fundament of our psyche — our identities? Ana Maria Ducuta argues that we need to "keep our selves".


In times of globalization, the high interconnectedness of social, economic and political factors is both a reality and a challenge.


EU-Ukraine Association agreement: referendum in Latvia - opportunity or mistake

Posted: 2016-02-08
Category: Latvia
Tagged: , eu , latvia , poll , referendum , ukraine


Exclusive from Riga. This is a chance to say we're here too or is it just abuse of the freedome? There's a lot of foggy issues connected with the Ukraine-EU agreement. The biggest problem actually people here don't know benefits and disadvantages of the agreement. One can find the agreement cure of the EU, while another finds it great threat for Europe.

Julia Vainio: reflection on the situation with refugees in Europe

Posted: 2016-02-02
Category: Europe
Tagged: , crisis , migrants , refugees , solution


Julia Vainio from Finnland reflects on the situation with refugees in Europe from the Finn's and political science student perspective.

Ilusions: how to improve your leader skills

Posted: 2016-01-30
Category: Europe
Tagged: , ceuta , eu , spain , youth , youth-in-action


Siesta?! No, it's Training Course in Spain!!

10-15 May 2016 | Ceuta, Spain

An important priority for the European Commission is to give young people with fewer opportunities access to the Erasmus +:Youth in Action Program. The aim of this TC is to promote new inclusion projects with higher quality and new cooperation networks.The main aim of this TC is to promote new inclusion projects with higher quality and new cooperation networks.

Армия безработной молодёжи: миф или реальность

Posted: 2016-01-30
Category: Europe
Tagged: , ec , eu , eurocomission , europe , guarantees , youth


Легко ли быть молодым и трудоустроенным в Евросоюзе? Если посмотреть на официальную статистику безработной молодёжи в ЕС, то общее число с лихвой перебьёт любую современную армию или маленькое государство. Так, только в одной Латвии более 50 тысяч безработной молодёжи. Представьте, это мог бы быть пятый по величине город в нашей стране. Но настолько ли ситуация драматичная как то показывают цифры, — ответ не очевидный. 

Looking Into Food Paradise with Empty Stomach

Posted: 2016-01-23
Category: Europe
Tagged: , asia , crysis , eu , eurasia , europe , food , global , hunger , supplies , world


According to a recent studies of  the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations about a third of all food produced globally for human consumption is lost or wasted. Around 100 million tonnes of food are wasted every year in the European Union. Food waste, including water, land, energy, labour and capital and needlessly produce greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to global warming and climate change. If nothing will be done, food waste in European Union could rise to over 120 million tonnes by 2020.

2016 and the World: international peace under the question mark

Posted: 2016-01-21
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , brics , crysis , debates , eu , head-to-head , nato , russia , world


Editor's note: this publication is part of the ongoing debates on the EUNetwork about 2016 forecasts and linked to the Ana Maria Ducuta's article. By Aleksey Vesyoliy.

Rome was not built in one day. So do international peace and security. It is a real hard domestic homework for every country to make input into fighting against terror. It is very difficult for a writer of my generation, if he is honest, to pretend indifference to the world terrorism threat.

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.

Стэн Ивашин. Творя «эффект бабочки»

Posted: 2016-01-16
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , butterfly effect , philosophy , sci-fi , science , world


Эрудиция. Что мы знаем о мире, о людях, об истории? Что мы можем представить «если бы было иначе»? Может, кто-то заслуживает лучшей участи, чем было на самом деле? А кто-то был несправедливо успешен, несмотря на свои злодеяния (или «благодаря им же»)? Что, если бы наш мир сосуществовал со сказочными вселенными? Взять хоть те же комиксы Marvel. 

João Joaquim: Portugese in Saint-Petersburg.

Posted: 2016-01-14
Category: Russia
Tagged: , adventures , diary , portugal , portugese , russia , travel


Portuguese in Saint Petersburg (Russia). The diary of  Portuguese about his experience in Russia.

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.

Из виртуальной сети в реальную тюрьму

Posted: 2016-01-10
Category: Aktualitāte

В Интернете действуют те же самые правила и законы, что и в реальной жизни. Однако у многих людей Интернет ассоциируется с вседозволенностью, и они забывают, что опубликовать что-то у себя на стене это то же самое, что сказать это на площади в окружении людей, а прокомментировать чью-то запись это то же самое, что вмешаться в чужой разговор. Разница лишь одна – если сказанное может быть не услышано и со временем забывается, то написанное останется там, где оно было написано – до тех пор, пока его не удалит автор, или пока его не увидят правоохранительные органы.

Open project: Discover Iran, Sanandaj and Kurdistan

Posted: 2016-01-06
Category: Adventures
Tagged: , iran , kurdistan , sanandaj


Editor's note: we begin series publications in the cultural diplomacy field, dedicated the modern Iranian culture to reveal mysteries and break stereotypes. The materials are prepared with the cooperation with people who really live in the area and willing to share their photos, stories and ideas.

Ирина Бойсын: Сохранить то, что есть, и сделать ещё лучше!

Posted: 2016-01-04
Category: Latvia
Tagged: , isma , , leadership , liderstvo , riga , students , youth


От редакции: эксклюзивное интервью с председателем студенческого самоуправления Высшей школы менеджмента информационных систем Ириной Бойсын о секретах лидерства, харизме и перспективах молодёжного движения в Латвии.