The Strongest EDS Presence at EPP Congress

The Strongest EDS Presence at EPP Congress

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…

A Historic EDS Winter University

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,…

Unique Campaign Opportunity with Partit Nazzjonalista

Unique Campaign Opportunity with Partit Nazzjonalista

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…

EDS statement on the political and language persecution in Catalan schools

Acknowledging that: 1. The Catalan regional government has been attempting to establish a language-based identity, trying to forcefully make a distinction between those that speak Catalan and those that speak Spanish. 2. Public education in Catalonia has purposely prevented Spanish from being the working language, it is currently taught as a foreign language. The study of Spanish history and cultures is also omitted in the academic cursus with the political intention of preventing students  from…

VC Iacovou represents EDS at the European Youth Forum

Vice-Chairman Iacovos Iacovou represented European Democrat Students at the first ever hybrid Council of Members of the European Youth Forum that took place last week  in Belgium.  EYF is the largest Youth Organisation on the globe as it represents 40 million young people directly and 150 million young people indirectly. European Democrat Students, which counts amongst the 61 International Youth Organisations of the Forum, and many National Youth Councils had a very productive Council as…

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 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…

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…

Preserving the Fire

Preserving the Fire

We were honoured to attend the WU Ball at the Viennese Imperial Palace, a tradition that dates back to our founding which took place at this fantastic event in 1961. Chairman Carlo Giacomo Angrisano Girauta reminded us of Gustaf Mahler’s words, “Tradition is not the worship of the ashes, but the preservation of the fire”, which the participants took to heart and implemented during the event as well as in our plans for the working…