EDS statement supporting YRPA

EDS stands with our Member Organisation YRPA Armenia and strongly condemns the nowadays aggressive facts. What took place on the 27th of September where the Azerbaijani side launched active missile attacks along the entire line of contact targeting military positions as well as the peaceful settlements, the peaceful civilian population of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) including the capital Stepanakert, is unacceptable and turns the area many decades back, where cold war existed. The aggression was massively…

Statement on the Presidential Elections in Belarus

Statement on the Presidential Elections in Belarus

  Presidential elections took place in the Republic of Belarus on 9 August. Several organisations such as the OSCE, have criticised the lack of a fair and free voting system in Belarus and the clear government ignorance to include independent observers in the election process. We can only agree with this position. Two nights already are marred with disproportionate and unacceptable state violence against peaceful protesters. During the last two days of protests against fraudulent presidential elections,…

EDS Summer University 2020 – Online Conference

EDS Summer University 2020 – Online Conference

The EDS Summer University 2020 took place from 23rd to 26th of July. Because of the international COVID19 situation, the Summer University was conducted fully as an online event, to not put the participants in any unnecessary danger. Despite all of the new challenges that the Bureau and the Council needed to face, it was a great success that the attendance of member organisations held the usual level. The Office of the Secretary General was…

50 PARTICIPANTS FROM 32 EUROPEAN COUNTRIES ATTEND THE EDS COUNCIL MEETING

50 PARTICIPANTS FROM 32 EUROPEAN COUNTRIES ATTEND THE EDS COUNCIL MEETING

On Saturday, 30 May, the European Democrat Students held its last Council Meeting of the Working Year 2019/2020 online for the first time. 50 participants from 32 European Countries were able to actively discuss and present motions on the current pandemic and also on topics related to the European Crisis recovery for the next months. As the official student association of the European People’s Party, these proposals will be passed on to the EPP to…

EDS urges the Albanian Government to release Belind Këlliçi Immediately

EDS urges the Albanian Government to release Belind Këlliçi Immediately

Albania’s National Theatre, constructed in 1938 by Giulio Berté unexpectedly destroyed by the Albanian government amid COVID-19 pandemic Belind Këlliçi, President of the Youth Democrats, and dozens of activists have been brutally arrested by the police overnight The European Democrat Students strongly condemn the arrests by the socialist government in Albania of Belind Kellici, chairman of FRPD Albania, and another number of peaceful civil society activists and artists. The destruction of Albania’s century old national…

Relocating the manufacturing industry to Europe

The world is experiencing a deep transformation in the way how people work. People are forced to stay at home and to work from there whenever possible, and asked to limit their physical contacts to the minimum. All these circumstances lead to a significant decrease in economic activity and, accordingly, a decrease in the economic performance of the affected countries. Japan has decided to allocate $2.2 billion to encourage its companies to return their production…

Position Paper on Students During the COVID-19 Crisis

COVID-19 has adversely affected students and the academic community across the European Union. Sadly, the response to this crisis has too often lacked a pan-European approach. We, the European Democrat Students (EDS), on behalf of students across Europe, have identified five areas where students are particularly affected and urgently call for maximum European co-operation therein. First, challenges relating to their studies, second; problems with their finances, third; challenges to their health, fourth; problems relating to…

EDS Position paper on the issue of domestic violence during the COVID-19 crisis

According to the European Parliament statement, the lockdown measures European countries have implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic have led domestic violence to rise by a third in some countries. Financial insecurity could play an important role in preventing victims from leaving their abuser. Women in disadvantaged groups tend to be more at risk of experiencing domestic violence, namely women with disabilities, migrant domestic workers, queer and transgender women, and asylum seekers. Although domestic violence…

“The post-Coronavirus world will be a different place” – Chairman Angrisano

“The post-Coronavirus world will be a different place” – Chairman Angrisano

Chairman’s Letter addressing the Coronavirus pandemic: To the members of the Council of European Democrat Students, Dear EDS Family, As you all know, Europe is currently facing an unprecedented threat. Earlier this month, the World Health Organisation declared Europe as the active centre of the Coronavirus global pandemic. Across the whole of Europe there are hundreds of thousands of confirmed cases of coronavirus. Even more dramatically, tens of thousands of infected patients are perishing, often alone and far…

EPP Political Assembly – Strengthening Connections and Boosting EDS

EPP Political Assembly – Strengthening Connections and Boosting EDS

As the official student wing of the European People’s Party, EDS was invited to attend the EPP Political Assembly which took place on the 3d and 4th of February at the European Parliament in Brussels.   The Assembly was attended by the leadership of the EPP, including the newly elected President Donald Tusk, as well as by the leaders of the centre-right parties and organisations which are members of the EPP.  EDS was represented by Chairman…