European Democrat Students http://www.edsnet.eu EDS is the official student organisation of the European People’s Party (EPP). Mon, 12 Dec 2022 13:09:20 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 http://www.edsnet.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Projekt-bez-tytułu-1-150x150.png European Democrat Students http://www.edsnet.eu 32 32 The Western Balkans in the context of the current security and economic challenges since the start of the Russian war in Ukraine. http://www.edsnet.eu/the-western-balkans-in-the-context-of-the-current-security-and-economic-challenges-since-the-start-of-the-russian-war-in-ukraine/ http://www.edsnet.eu/the-western-balkans-in-the-context-of-the-current-security-and-economic-challenges-since-the-start-of-the-russian-war-in-ukraine/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2022 13:08:02 +0000 http://www.edsnet.eu/?p=2382 Read more]]>

EDS Council Meeting Skopje 2022

Location: Skopje, North Macedonia

Date: 01st-04th December

Organization: EDS- YFU of VMRO-DPMNE

EDS has held a successful Council Meeting and Youth Political Academy in Skopje, North Macedonia, 01-04 December, hosted by YFU of VMRO-DPMNE and supported by KAS. The event was opened with welcome addresses by the main organizers of the event. Daniel Braun, the representative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung gave an address where he emphasized the unity of the youth of the European People’s Party during the great geopolitical challenges facing Europe. The vice-presidents of VMRO-DPMNE, Aleksandar Nikoloski and Timcho Mucunski, the Secretary General of the European Democrat Students, Ivan Botoucharov, as well as the President of the Youth Forces Union, Sergej Popov, gave introductory speeches, where they welcomed the delegates to Skopje and wished them a successful council meeting.

The working part started with a panel discussion where the speakers were the vice-presidents Nikoloski and Mucunski, the international secretary of VMRO-DPMNE, Stefan Andonovski and the member of the Executive Committee of the Youth Forces Union of VMRO-DPMNE, Todor Koneski. The panel was focused on the topic of the expansion of the European Union in the Western Balkans during the war in Ukraine. The panelists focused on the geopolitical effect of the conflict on the Western Balkans and how the countries’ actions could be more effective in order to speed up the process of integration. The panel discussion was followed by a large number of questions from the delegates, but also from the guests from the Youth Forces Union. After the panel, there was a cocktail opening of the event where the participants together with the panelists informally opened the event.

The second day began with a visit to the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia, where the participants first took part in the parliamentary tour of the assembly where they got to know the working areas of the people’s representatives in North Macedonia.

After the tour, the group had a meeting with the representatives of the Club of Young Deputies, Jovan Jauleski, Marija Petrushevska and Bojan Stojanoski, and the President of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs, Antonio Miloshoski. The representatives from the Assembly held their presentations where they explained in detail what it is like to be part of the assembly and from a personal capacity presented their efforts towards the European integration of Macedonia.

A panel discussion was held in the central headquarters of VMRO-DPMNE, where the speakers were the President of EDS, Beppe Galea and the President of VMRO-DPMNE, Hristijan Mickoski. As the leaders of the two host organizations of the event, they commented on the direction in which their organizations are moving in order to guarantee the stability of the Western Balkans and Europe in times of challenges, the role of young people in making important decisions, and the expansion of the European Union.

After the end of the panel in which the president of VMRO-DPMNE, Hristijan Mickoski, participated, a panel discussion was organized on the topic: “The political, economic and energetic effects of the war in Ukraine on Europe”. The participants in this panel discussion were: Gordana Dimitrieska Kochoska, vice president of VMRO – DPMNE, Aleksandar Spasenovski, professor at the “Justinian First” Faculty of Law, Elena Markova Velinova, expert in the field of energetics, as well as Ivan Botoucharov, Secretary General of EDS. The panelists addressed the effects of the war in Ukraine in their areas of expertise. The panel discussion was followed by great interest, and the participants asked a number of questions for which they received substantial answers.

During the working day, EDS working groups were also organized. The organization itself consists of 4 working groups, i.e. working group for Gender Equality, Higher Education, Policies for Europe and Economy and Trade. Depending on their area, these working groups prepare the motions that are later voted on at the Council Meeting. After voting, the passed motions are submitted to the European Institutions.

The third day of the event was dedicated to the EDS Council Meeting. At the event itself, the motions were presented and voted by the working groups of EDS. The Youth Forces Union of VMRO-DPMNE presented an urgent motion that referred to the inhumane conditions faced by the Macedonian students, improvement of the student standard as well as the law on student meals. During the presentation of the urgent motion, the members of the council were shown a video, which referred to the inhumane conditions in the student dormitories in the Republic of Macedonia. The members of the council expressed strong disappointment regarding the conditions in which the Macedonian students are placed. The urgent motion was voted with unanimous support by the EDS council. The rest of the working day was spent reviewing the financial report of the organization, the technical details related to the next activities of the organization itself, as well as the presentation of the situations in their countries by the members of the council.

After the end of the EDS council meeting, a panel discussion was organized on the topic: “Politics in times of war, the role of the countries of the Western Balkans in the war in Ukraine”. The participants of the panel discussion were: Vladimir Gjorchev, former deputy in the assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, Vladimir Bozhinovski, professor at the “Justinian First” Faculty of Law, Victoria Trajkov, professor at the Faculty of Tourism and Management, as well as Irina Shahotina, VIce-Chair of EDS. The panelists condemned the Russian aggression in Ukraine and expressed the unreserved support that Macedonia gives to Ukraine. The panel discussion itself was followed with great interest by the members of the EDS council, a discussion that started a large number of questions and answers.

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EDS Study Mission in Tunisia http://www.edsnet.eu/eds-study-mission-in-tunisia/ http://www.edsnet.eu/eds-study-mission-in-tunisia/#respond Tue, 15 Nov 2022 10:39:01 +0000 http://www.edsnet.eu/?p=2334 Read more]]> Study mission in Tunisia
/ 2nd – 5th November 2022 /

The EDS delegation was pleased to be on a study mission to Tunisia from 2nd to 5th November, thanks to the Regional KAS office for Euro-Mediterranean cooperation. The delegation was accompanied by Mr. Patrick Voller, Foreign Policy Adviser, European People ́s Party.

Our team had the extraordinary opportunity to speak with experts, opposition leaders, ambassadors and young leaders about this amazing North African country and its future.

Tunisia is now undergoing important and defining moments, elections are approaching in December and the International Monetary Fund has just completed their visit to aid the government’s finance’s which are on the verge of collapse.

We heard from opposition leaders and their views on why they have decided to boycott the upcoming elections. As we understood, the main reasons are the constitutional changes that occurred during the summer and the dissolution of the Parliament by the President’s decree.

New constitutional changes limit political parties from taking part in the election. In the beginning, it was explained by the president’s office that only non-members of Political parties could run for parliament. However, recent interpretations have begun to change now that elections are approaching. On the other hand, the IMF proposed much-needed reforms to the government, including rationalization of the public sector, reducing subsidies of various goods but also increasing government efficiency.

These measures could lead to better and much needed economic development and growth. The high unemployment rate is resulting in increased emigration, and many are risking their lives with illegal migration across the Mediterranean Sea. Without a doubt, improved living conditions would provide better opportunities for Tunisians and avoid the brain drain. Furthermore, it would also have a positive impact on the stability of the newly established democracy.

Our southern neighbor, ten years on from the revolution, is going through challenging times; financial difficulties and inflation are putting pressure on everyone, while the international community is worried about democracy and the direction which it has taken. During our discussions with young leaders, we stressed the importance of not becoming cynical regarding democracy and that even with the changes we are all facing, there is no better system for now. We, as part of the EPP, are standing firmly with them if they continue to aspire to democracy for their country. We discussed civic education and concepts of active citizenship, bearing in mind the low participation of Tunisians in recent elections.

In addition to discussions regarding Tunisia, our delegation had the unique opportunity to speak with experts from Libya who gave us insights regarding the current situation in their country. They presented their cooperation with the KAS office in drafting a monthly Libya briefing, which is distributed among the international partners, considering that most of them don’t have representation in Tripoli because of the ongoing conflict. The briefing proved to be significant. Unfortunately, warlords, tribes and foreign interference, for now, leave us without optimism regarding the unification of Libya and the stabilization of the country.

Tunisia has the opportunity to become a major leader in the African continent, which requires time and patience, while also becoming a developed and stable democracy that other African countries could follow. The other option is to go back to the era of dictatorship. The situation is far from perfect, and very challenging times lie ahead, but after this study mission, we believe in the resilience of the Tunisian people and its young leaders. It would be unfortunate to give up on democracy and freedom of speech. They fought so hard. We will start advocating for more cooperation with Tunisia and drafting more policies regarding the Mediterranean region and potential collaboration between universities.

During the study mission, we got familiar with migrations across Europe from Africa with experts from the International Centre for Migration Policy Development. Latest surveys show that a vast number of young people want to leave Tunisia, around 90% in age from 18 to 29 years old. Also, the Maltese Ambassador to Tunisia shared his thoughts on the situation and expressed his concerns about the trends.

We, as partners, want to help them to aspire to more, to lift them up after they might become tired and frustrated of trying. We sincerely believe that human rights are universal and by implementing them through institutions, the Tunisian people will be more prosperous than in any dictatorship.

The final evening in Tunisia was reserved for discussion with the Ukrainian ambassador, who was explaining the complex situation and Russian propaganda that exists in Tunisia.

Once again, we are thankful to the KAS office and its director, Dr Thomas Volk, for this opportunity and the speakers they provided us with during the event. We are sure it is just the beginning of our cooperation.

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EDS statement regarding the increase of Member States’ budget in defence http://www.edsnet.eu/eds-statement-regarding-the-increase-of-member-states-budget-in-defence/ http://www.edsnet.eu/eds-statement-regarding-the-increase-of-member-states-budget-in-defence/#respond Tue, 08 Nov 2022 11:41:48 +0000 http://www.edsnet.eu/?p=2331 Read more]]>

We, the European Democrat Students (EDS), after a detailed analysis of the evolution and characteristics of the budget of Member States, have observed a need to strengthen their military investment. Not only is the Russian invasion of Ukraine a wake-up call for EU security and defence policy makers and experts, but it is also a call for a stronger and more coordinated European defence policy. For instance, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borell stated that “the military capabilities we have do not match the ones we need for the threat we face. We need to spend together, more and better.[1]

The new security and defence environment demonstrates that the EU needs to take on more responsibility for its own security, the continuous dependency on the United States’ defence budget, through NATO, is no longer a possibility due to the new and larger threats that we face towards our democracies and Western values. In 2020, only 11% of investments were spent collaboratively, which is below the 35% benchmark agreed by member states in the European Defence Agency framework. Also, only a few European countries comply with the 2% target set by NATO to all their members. Consequently, there is currently an underinvestment problem that directly affects our military capabilities. Not only is this budget necessary to strengthen our defense against conventional wars such as the war in Ukraine, but also against the hybrid wars promoted by the enemies of the Western world, which include cyber-attacks against critical infrastructure.

The fact that the European countries that have a close border or history with Russia are the ones that spend higher per cent in defence shows that they are aware of the risk of an underinvestment in the relevant military branches. In this sense, it is worth noting that due to the austerity policies imposed budget cuts have been imposed in the security of European Countries, something that cannot be repeated during these years in which we are experiencing very uncertain and volatile economic and financial circumstances. The only way to protect our democracy is to increase (and not lower) our defence capabilities in a joint and coordinated effort among EU countries.

It is time to protect our democracies by ourselves, it is time to reconsider and invest more in European defence.


[1] https://www.eeas.europa.eu/eeas/we-need-increase-european-defence-capabilities-working-better-together_en

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EDS Skills Training 2022 http://www.edsnet.eu/eds-skills-training-2022/ http://www.edsnet.eu/eds-skills-training-2022/#respond Fri, 23 Sep 2022 11:05:00 +0000 http://www.edsnet.eu/?p=2307 Read more]]>

EDS SKILLS TRAINING 2022

Event Report:

EDS Skills Training 2022

Location:        San Marino

Date:               23-25 September

Organisation: EDS – GDC

“Skills Training”

The first EDS event after the election of the new bureau is the Skills Training which was organized by the EDS Bureau and the GDC in San Marino. During the event that took place from the 23rd to the 25th the  BullsEye Editorial Team, the Co-Chairs of the Working Group and the Social Media Team were been invited for organize the first activity of the year. 

The programme was divided into four parts: first, participants were offered a panel which the Minister of Finance Marco Gatti, the Forza Italia MEP Massimiliano Salini and the EDS Secretary General Ivan Botoucharov discuss about “European Identity: our roots and values under threat”

Then, both Co Chairs and BullsEye Editors had the opportunity to follow two dedicated workshops: “How to write a good policy document”, “How to write an article”.

The Co-chairs were trained on all aspects of their work: from identifying policies to turning their ideas into motions and leading the working groups. They learnt to recognise relevant topics and stakeholders, and had a brainstorming session on ideas for motions. The Co-Chairs practised leading the working groups in a roleplay workshop and received tools to write background papers and motions as well as individual feedback.

The editors also underwent a series of training sessions designed to improve their skills, equip them with useful knowledge for the tasks ahead and discussing the future design and look of BullsEye for the next working year.

Furthermore, the Bureau also held its second Bureau Meeting of the working year 2022/2023, while the other EDS members participated to various activities, such as: the creation of a mini EDS documentary that it will be published asap, the Google workshop called “I am Remarkable” and a brainstorming activities of the EDS Women.

At the end, the EDS had an official audience with the Captains Regent (the head of state of the Republic of San Marino).

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EDS Summer University 2022 http://www.edsnet.eu/eds-summer-university-2022/ http://www.edsnet.eu/eds-summer-university-2022/#respond Mon, 01 Aug 2022 12:23:13 +0000 http://www.edsnet.eu/?p=2373 Read more]]>

Location: Ayia Napa, Cyprus

Date: 27th-31st July

Organization: EDS- FPK Protoporia

Following another successful year of policy initiatives and organised activities for our participants, EDS co-organised the Summer University with the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies in Ayia Napa, Cyprus. Our Member Organization from Cyprus, FPK Protoporia, hosted The Summer University which included representatives from over 30 European countries. It was a fruitful conference revolving around the achievement of EU energy independence as well as challenges and opportunities ahead with regards to Repowering the EU.

During the various panel discussions and workshops held by both industry experts, Ministers of the Republic of Cyprus and various policymakers, we had the opportunity to explore methodologies and the impact of achieving energy independence, as a Union and at national level, in order to achieve long-term economic growth, efficiency and sustainable development.

Additionally, our members visited the National Parliament where they met in person the first female and youngest President of Parliament in Cyprus, Madam President Annita Demetriou. Ms Demetriou shared her thoughts on the need to devote more efforts on repowering Europe and expressed how Europe should stay united and work towards achieving peace and stability for the region.

Moreover, EDS visited the UN Council Representation in Cyprus whereby we submitted an urgent motion on recent developments of the Cyprus Problem, asking for attention to be devoted towards the Cyprus problem as well as peace negotiations to be restarted on the island.

As EDS, we are committed to supporting and acting in solidarity with all our European members who are devoted to achieving the goal of freedom, democracy and peace in line with our centre-right and European values and we shall continue to stand by them at our fullest potential.

Importantly enough, during the Council Meeting, Chairman Beppe Galea and Secretary General Ivan Botoucharov, were re-elected to serve EDS within their roles and with the assistance of the newly elected 5 Vice-Chairwomen and 3 Vice-Chairmen held their first Bureau Meeting for the year in Cyprus. By order of election results, the new EDS Vice-Chairs are as follows:

Katerina Kyriacou

Edvardas Lukosius

Anna Vonderwinkler

Agata Czyzewska

Ramon Riera

Rayno Stoyanov

Iryna Shatohina

Dora Hidas 

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The Strongest EDS Presence at EPP Congress http://www.edsnet.eu/the-strongest-eds-presence-at-epp-congress/ http://www.edsnet.eu/the-strongest-eds-presence-at-epp-congress/#respond Thu, 02 Jun 2022 18:23:07 +0000 https://www.edsnet.eu/?p=2207 Read more]]>

EDS took part in the EPP Congress with a large, active and committed delegation which brought energy, enthusiasm and new ideas to the event. The strong presence of so many young people from EDS was noticed by delegates and guests, received great feedback and uplifted the spirit of the event.

The programme started with the EPP Political Assembly on 30 May, where Chairman Beppe Galea spoke on behalf of EDS and presented our activities over the past 6 months. Chairman Galea also discussed our extensive support for Ukraine and introduced Iryna Shatohina who presented the latest situation in the country and praised EDS’s ongoing support.

The Assembly was followed by a dinner hosted by Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), which featured Dutch musical performances and modern dance. The dinner and drinks reception gave EDS delegates opportunities to network with EPP leaders in a more informal setting.

On the 1st of June the delegation checked in to the Congress at Rotterdam Ahoy (which hosted Eurovision last year). The programme started with an event on the Western Balkans hosted by the Robert Schuman Institute where Secretary General Ivan Botoucharov spoke about the current situation, perspectives for the region and the importance of coordinated action between Western countries to counter the challenge of Russian and Chinese influence in the region.

EDS also hosted our own dedicated event which was prominently featured in the EPP programme. The event was opened by Chairman Beppe Galea who introduced our organisation, our proud history, our strong unity and our ambitions for the future. During the event participants heard from high-profile speakers including Antonio Lopez-Isturiz, Sir David Lidington (Deputy Prime Minster of the UK, 2016-19), Daniel Mitov MP (Bulgarian Foreign Minister 2014-17), and Stephen Hammond MP (UK Minister for Health 2018-19).

The Plenary session of the EPP Congress started in the afternoon with an opening speech by the CDA and by Donald Tusk.

We were honoured that Chairman Beppe Galea gave a powerful speech which received several ovations. In his rousing words Chairman Galea spoke about the importance of our family, which needs to stand united to make the most of the green and digital transformations, while at the same time tackling the challenges of the economic crisis and ongoing war. Chairman Galea also spoke about the vision, values and capabilities of the young generation to meet the challenges ahead and ensure stability, dignity and opportunities for all. His moving speech finished with these inspiring words: “My dear friends, the youth are tired of being defined as the “future leaders”. These last few years have been trying for young people. We saw our dreams shattered by the economic crisis, the virus, and now by the war. Yet, we will never surrender, we will never stop fighting for our values and we will prevail, because, my dear friends, WE are the EPP students.” Please see a video of the speech here.

During the afternoon and the morning of the next day EDS delegates voted in the elections for EPP President, Secretary General, Vice-Presidents and Treasurer. We would like to send our heartfelt gratitude to the outgoing leadership, as well as our warm congratulations to the new leadership team.

The EDS delegation also held talks with all EPP leaders including President Manfred Weber, European Parliament President Robert Metsola (who was Secretary General of EDS 2002-3), European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen, EPP Vice-President Esther de Lange MEP and Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, among many others.

We look forward to bringing new energy and ideas from our united and increasingly strong and active EDS Family and to present a new generation to the EPP so that we can take the centre-right into a prosperous future.

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European Solidarity in Times of Crisis http://www.edsnet.eu/european-solidarity-in-times-of-crisis/ http://www.edsnet.eu/european-solidarity-in-times-of-crisis/#respond Sat, 28 May 2022 21:09:37 +0000 https://www.edsnet.eu/?p=2205 Read more]]>

European Democrat Students held a unique Council Meeting and Study Mission in Krakow and Przemyśl, 19-22 May, hosted by SMD Poland and supported by KAS, TikTok and Alliance4Europe.

This was possibly the most emotional event we’ve had, visiting the border of a country at war, which has been mercilessly attacked by Putin’s regime.

EDS delegates witnessed the bravery and dignity of Ukrainian refugees – at this stage many more returning to Ukraine than leaving, despite the ongoing war. As well as the solidarity of the Polish people, the European community and the volunteers from all over the world.

The Study Mission to the Ukraine border included a visit to the key reception point where over 2 million people have walked through in the past couple of months.

The EDS delegation also visited the city of Przemyśl, a small town, but huge in heart, hosting refugees, support points and volunteers – an icon of freedom and solidarity.

We also visited the Ukrainian House Narodnyj Dim – Dom Ukraiński, which for the first time serves as a home for hundreds of displaced people and a centre for collecting donations and supplies.

The EDS event was also the culmination of the European tour for Solidarna Molod (SM Ukraine) who collected donations which were immediately taken into Ukraine at the conclusion of the event by their members.

During the Council Meeting we also discussed and adopted a conference resolution and motions submitted by the working groups, several of which were focusing on supporting Ukraine. We also presented the EDS Financial Report and updates to the EDS Budget, which were all unanimously adopted.

There were also several high-level sessions with senior speakers who came to Krakow for our event, including: Aleksandra Gajewska and Marek Rzasa – Members of Parliament (Civic Platform); Maia Mazurkiewicz (Alliance4Europe); Jan Olbrycht, Member of European Parliament; Jakub Oleg from TikTok Poland, and Katarzyna Król – representative of World Central Kitchen, which has been doing outstanding work to provide quality food for refugees.

The Council Meeting, Speaker Sessions and Study Mission, and the strong feelings of empathy, solidarity and support with our fellow Europeans at this historic moment, will remain as a life-long memory for the EDS delegation and will drive us forward to continue supporting Ukrainians and all those in need of solidarity.

Many thanks to SMD Poland, KAS, TikTok and Alliance4Europe for all their support.

Follow our work and activities via our social accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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A Historic EDS Winter University http://www.edsnet.eu/a-historic-eds-winter-university/ http://www.edsnet.eu/a-historic-eds-winter-university/#respond Mon, 28 Mar 2022 20:08:47 +0000 http://www.edsnet.eu/?p=2190 Read more]]> Our annual Winter University which was held in Sofia, Bulgaria from 24 to 27 March and hosted by the Federation of Independent Student Societies (FISS Bulgaria). As the official student organisation of the European People’s Party (EPP) we were thrilled to host an event on the topic of “Prospects for European youth: centre-right unity for a secure and prosperous future.”

The conference was attended by over 50 participants from more than 30 EDS member organisations, who passed many motions and statutory amendments. The event was opened by Patrick Voller – Secretary for International Relations of the EPP, Dirk Hazell – Leader of the UK EPP and Vice-President of the Conservative European Forum and Rumen Hristov, President of the Union of Democratic Forces.

On March 24 the event began with an online session in which the keynote speaker was Massimo Ugolini – Acting Minister of Justice and Family Affairs of the Republic of San Marino. In addition, speakers included Alvaro de la Cruz – Communications and New Media officer at the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies as well as Vassilis Kessidis – former EDS Vice-Chair, and it was moderated by Rodolfo Biancheri – EDS Vice-Chair.

On March 25, the conference began with working groups and discussions on the Action Plan in Support of Ukraine, where a resolution was finalised, and later unanimously adopted, calling for an increase of financial and political support for Ukraine, including for the refugees from the war. The resolution also called for strengthening restrictions on Russia by completely excluding it from the SWIFT system and minimising Russian gas supplies to Europe.

Especially for the EDS Winter University and with a 30-hour bus journey from Ukraine, we welcomed Dinara Habibulaeva – Municipal Councilor in Kyiv, President of Solidarna Molod and coordinator of humanitarian aid and provisions, as well as Iryna Shatohina – Secretary General of Solidarna Molod. They shared with the EDS conference first-hand views about the unfolding events and what help Ukraine needs most at the present time.

Numerous meetings were organised for them and financial and material donations were collected, which are already on the way to Ukraine, where Dinara and Iryna immediately returned after the conference. The arranged meetings included:

· The Head of GERB (Bulgaria’s largest political party), Boyko Borissov.

· The Head of the City Council of Sofia, Georgi Valentinov Georgiev – which included a discussion on support for refugees in the city.

· Meeting with the Quaestor of the European Parliament – Andrey Kovatchev MEP.

· Meeting with the erstwhile Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev (2012-17) – who was “Man of the Year” in Ukraine in 2016 – as he was the first to call for EU sanctions on Russian oligarchs.

After all the organised meetings and donations, the conference attendees described their stay in Sofia as the most emotional days in the history of EDS.

It was especially inspiring to hear from Patrick Voller that “The EPP is proud of you and looks up to you”.

We are honoured with the high-profile participations – especially that of our Ukrainian friends, and we are thrilled with the enormous political as well as practical support gathered for Ukraine.

Thanks to the achievements of the event, it was covered widely in Bulgaria’s largest national media and in all national media agencies.

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EDS Statement on Vladimir Putin’s “special military operation” in sovereign Ukraine http://www.edsnet.eu/eds-statement-on-vladimir-putins-special-military-operation-in-sovereign-ukraine/ http://www.edsnet.eu/eds-statement-on-vladimir-putins-special-military-operation-in-sovereign-ukraine/#respond Thu, 24 Feb 2022 17:34:22 +0000 http://www.edsnet.eu/?p=2182 Read more]]> Today Russia has launched a full scale attack on independent Ukraine invading with troops and striking with missiles and bombs virtually all regions of the country, a scenario of our worst fears which now is tragically true. President Putin unleashed war on our continent without any real provocation, credibly excuse and on a friendly country. Russia has also launched massive hybrid attacks against Ukrainian internet infrastructure including DDOS attacks taking down essential services as well as wiper attacks aiming to delete essential data to further build chaos, confusion, fear and to destabilise Ukraine.

The attack came after Putin recognised the two breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk and months of military build-up near the Ukrainian border and has been developing all according to the plan published by western intelligence at the end of last year. These acts of aggression are a blatant and intentional violation of international law and a crime against the innocent Ukrainian people, their right to choose their own future and democracy, freedom in Europe.

On this day the world has changed radically and our actions must reflect that. A swift and robust response to the actions of the authoritarian regime of Putin must be taken. Strongest possible sanctions must be put in place in Russia. This includes economic sanctions such as disengaging Russia from SWIFT, freezing Russian assets in Europe and barring Russian oil and gas imports, targeting Putin’s personal circle and allies with extreme personal sanctions, isolating Russia politically and being firm in our support to sovereignty of independent Ukraine. If Putin succeeds in this campaign, the next test for NATO and European security infrastructure may be within our own borders in the Suwałki corridor.

We, the EDS are appalled at what a state of one of our member organisations is going through and in the strongest way possible condemn all aggressions against Ukraine.

Thus besides calling for denouncement of Russia by the international community and punishing the aggressor, we must make sure Ukraine receives all the support that they require. We call on the democratic West to provide humanitarian aid, economic, financial, political assistance as well as weapons, ammunition and other means of military support.

Dear Ukrainian friends, in the darkest hour for Europe since the second World War we stand with you, we are praying for you, and we will support you.

Слава Україні! Героям слава!

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Unique Campaign Opportunity with Partit Nazzjonalista http://www.edsnet.eu/unique-campaign-opportunity-with-partit-nazzjonalista/ http://www.edsnet.eu/unique-campaign-opportunity-with-partit-nazzjonalista/#respond Mon, 21 Feb 2022 14:27:53 +0000 http://www.edsnet.eu/?p=2163 Read more]]> EDS is launching a unique opportunity for 4 young people to take part in the General Election campaign of Malta with Partit Nazzjonalista.

The experience will involve living in Malta for 4 weeks, travelling around the country, learning about politics, communications and campaigning, meeting many young people and taking part in lots of exciting events, campaigns and initiatives.

EDS has been approached by Partit Nazzjonalista to seek young people who are interested in politics and who are keen to support the Party in its electoral campaign for the national parliamentary elections taking place on 26th March 2022.

Volunteering positions are available in a number of roles, depending on your passions and interests, including in communications, social media, logistics, events and door-to-door campaigning, together with the candidates who are seeking office for the Parliament of Malta.

All expenses in Malta will be paid by Partit Nazzjonalista. These include the accommodation, food, campaign activities and transport expenses for 4 weeks.

Flight expenses for these 4 young people will be covered by EDS.

BE PART OF IT and REGISTER until 28th February 2022 by emailing beppe@edsnet.eu.

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