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Dialogue Conference I. in Neumarkt

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

You are between 18 and 29 years old and interested in politics and in what is going wrong within the European Union? Are you worried about the nationalistic and illiberal backlash in Europe? Do you want to spend some amazing days with more than fifty young people from six countries in a medieval castle in the mountains of Styria? Are you ready for intercultural exchange, friendship and transnational cooperation? If so, then you are totally right and the Dialogue Conference I. of the project DISCUSSING YOUROPE is going to be your chance!

European House We, the Young European Federalists Styria, and our partners from SLO, CRO, GER, ITA and UKR are searching for interested young people who want to become active and believe in the future of a united Europe. Maybe you are member of a youth NGO, work with refugees or want to participate in international projects? With or without experience in the field of youth work or transnational cooperation, we are looking forward to welcoming you. First and foremost it is important for us that you want to contribute and participate actively during the conference. If that´s any good for you, fill out the application form and participate as a representative of our country!

Preliminary program Dialogue Conference I.

The Dialogue Conference I. of the project DISCUSSING YOUROPE is going to take place in the "European House" - the castle of Forchtenstein, which has been rebuilt as a youth hostel, in Neumarkt in Steiermark (AUT) from 15th to 20th September 2017. You are going to be accommodated in shared rooms with shared bathrooms in the castle. Meals and accommodation are completely covered by funding of the program Erasmus+ Youth in Action, the Alps-Adriatic-Alliance, the Region of Styria and the JEF Steiermark. Travel costs are going to be reimbursed with an fixed amount which varies between the partner countries, in relation to distance - for further information please ask your responsible national project coordinator or Markus Seunig, markus.seunig@jef-steiermark.at.

More than ever the obvious and profound crisis of united Europe requires young Europeans to raise their voices and to contribute to a forward-looking transformation. This need and Austria’s presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second term of 2018 are reasons and a mission for the Young European Federalists Styria to create and implement the project “FROM and FOR young people” to enable young people to actively contribute to the essential reshaping of THEIR Europe. During the Dialogue Conference I. we are going to focus on the Structured Dialogue, a Euopean process that involves young people in (youth)politics. Our mission is to give you the tools to be a multiplicator of the European spirit of our organisation, #jefspirit. Within the Kick-Off Event of the project, which has taken place in Lubljana in May 2017, we decided to look into the subjects of "mobility within the EU and migration from outside the EU", "Common Foreign and Security Policy", "improvement of the EU institutions" and "tackling Euroscepticism". In the framework of the Structured Dialogue we are going to discuss with decision-makers, to participate in group workshops focused on the main topics, to develop claims to improve the policies of the EU, to raise awareness about actuell chanllenges, to give an insight in the descision-making process and to gain a common vision for Europe. Besides the content based parts of the conference we are going to make cultural exchanging activities, excursions and teambuilding.

You can apply/ register by following the following link (Online application form), which will be available until Sunday 10th September 2017. In order to apply you have to be citizen of one of the six partner countries of the Erasmus+ project (AUT, SLO, CRO, GER, UKR, ITA)! The selection of participants is based on the individual agreements with the partner organisations, the JEF Styria reserves the right to refuse applications by any reason.

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