Different Forms of European Democracy

It has been a while now since we started our democracy series and we have had other announcements in between but I just want to round this off today with one last democracy blog. Democracy is one of the founding principles of the EU and it is one of the requirements for membership. We looked previously at the structure of …

Become a COCOREADO Ambassador!

It is important update time! Part of Together Thursdays is to make sure you know all about any interesting and exciting opportunities that the EU provides for you and so we are taking a break from our current theme of democracy to tell you about an exciting opportunity… The COCOREADO Project is recruiting ambassadors and the applications are now open. …

Democracy

In our last Together Thursdays blog we talked about the structure of EU democracy and how the different pieces fit together. Next time I want to have a look at some different European countries and how different their democracies can be, but this time I want to take a step back to go over some basic ideas of democracy, what …

Meet our new board member – Patrīcija Prindule!

On Friday 6th August we held this year’s General Assembly. We reported on the past year, as well as looked to the future, which included electing a new board member! We would like to thank Birgit Kuslap, our outgoing group 4 representative, for her commitment, enthusiasm and dedication over the past two years, and we are delighted to welcome Patrīcija …

EU Democracy

The Together Thursdays project in a nutshell is all about connecting the European Parliament with the rural youth in order for us to facilitate a conversation about what the EU does well and what you feel could be done better. Just saying the EU though is a bit vague because of course, just like any other organisation, at all levels …

Mental Wellbeing

To quote the Beatles famous hit ‘Let it be’, “When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be. And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be” This song really resonates with me as it’s telling me …

Non-Formal Education in the EU

Last time we spoke about what non-formal education is and why it is both useful and important. This time I want to tell you about how non-formal education is becoming more officially recognised, the ways in which the EU supports non formal education and how you can be involved.  Since non-formal education is so beneficial, varied and more importantly accessible …

Celebrating Midsummer

As we have now been meeting online with RYEurope board, we have noticed many new things about our homes and home countries. Some of us have been sweating with +30 degrees, and some of us have been freezing in the cold rain at the same time, in other side of Europe. We have also got to know different traditions from …

Non-Formal Education

This week I want to talk about non-formal education, what it is, why it is important, why it is useful and what support it receives from the EU.  Before we answer what is non-formal education it might be first easier to answer what is formal education. This is anything where there is a structured programme or curriculum with an assessed …

Rural Realities

For the past two blogs we have discussed youth participation and an introduction to all three projects that Rural Youth is working on top of all of our regular activities. This time in the spirit of youth participation and projects I want to talk to you about what will hopefully be one of the most important activities in the Together …