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…

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…

EDS Meet Senior European Politicians

European Democrat Students took part in the European People’s Party Congress and met a number of high-profile politicians. For the first time the entire Council of EDS was able to attend the EPP Congress, thanks to the efforts of Chairman Carlo Giacomo Angrisano Girauta and Secretary General Beppe Galea. The participants had the opportunity to take part in all activities, hear all speeches and view the elections of the new EPP leadership. The accommodation, catering…

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…

Newly elected EDS leadership meets EPP chairs

Newly elected EDS leadership meets EPP chairs

Mr. Angrisano Girauta and Mr. Daul have had a meaningful and productive discussion on the future of young people and the importance of EDS in Europe After the elections that were held in August in Bucharest, newly elected Chairman of European Democrat Students Carlo Giacomo Angrisano Girauta, with associates Executive Officer Francesco Sismosdini and Honorary Chairman Virgilio Falco, held a conversation with European People’s Party President Mr. Joseph Daul. On the margins of conversations about…

We stand united with the British people

We stand united with the British people

We, the European Democrat Students, are deeply concerned with the latest developments in the UK where Parliament will be suspended for a period of more than a month. As an organisation that has fought for democracy and the Rule of Law since 1961, we regret to see that the basics of democracy are undermined in one of the oldest liberal and constitutional democracies in the world. We hope that this action, which has been condemned…