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…

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

– One in three women has experienced physical or sexual violence from the age of 15 years old; – 5% have been victims of rape; – Nearly all victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation within the EU are women and girls; – 55% of European women (103 million) suffered harassment – in particular 8% (34 million) were victims of stalking; – 43% suffered psychological violence from a partner; – 22% suffered violence from a partner…

Council Meeting in Zagreb, Croatia

Council Meeting in Zagreb, Croatia

The first Council Meeting of the working year was held in Zagreb, Croatia from 17th to 21st of November. It was a great success that the entire EDS Council attending the EPP Congress where EDS had a first hand opportunity to connect with respected members of our mother organisation.  Hrvatska akademska zajednica and EDS organised this large scale event under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia, with support of 6 government establishments and with the help of six sponsors and the EPP group. The main…