Niall takes on the #Run1000 challenge!

For most, January is a quiet and uneventful month. Yes, it’s the start of the New Year, but we have just left the festive Christmas period behind, and it can be quite gloomy for some. To combat the depressing effects of the wintery month, teams from across the UK and Ireland, have come together to undertake the #Run1000 Battle of …

Where Left Meets Right | Intergroups in the European Parliament

The Rural Voices Podcast Episodes 5 and 6 were featuring MEP Maria Walsh and MEP Kim van Sparrentak. Kim is a member and Maria is Vice President of the LGBTI Intergroup in the European Parliament. But what is an Intergroup, what are they about and how can they be beneficial for rural youth? Apart from constituency work, much of the …

Public Procurement

Today I want to talk about public procurement. What is public procurement? Public procurement simply put is any time public authorities spend money on anything. This falls generally into three main categories, goods, works and services. First of all what do we mean by public authorities? These can be national governments or local councils, basically anyone who uses public money …

We are hiring an Interim Secretary General!

Job Vacancy – Rural Youth Europe Interim Secretary General Rural Youth Europe is recruiting an interim Secretary General for the duration of 6 months with the opportunity of extension. The office is based in Helsinki, Finland. Part of the work can be done remotely and does not require daily commuting to the office although regular travel to the office might …

Happy Global 4-H Day!

Global 4-H Day has been set up to celebrate the global 4-H Community and promote the incredible work it does in advancing the field of youth development. We asked two of our board members, Patrīcija Prindule from Latvian 4-H, and Iiristiina Heinonen from 4-H Finland, what 4-H menas to them: Patrīcija Prindule It comes the time when I ask myself …

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 …