Call for Participants: JEF Belgium Training Days 2015

Register *HERE* for the JEF Belgium 2015 Training Days!

JEF Belgium

JEF Belgium is a proud ‘founding member’ of the JEF Cross Border Network. Located in the beating heart of Europe, Belgian JEFers see it as their duty to reach out across the borders and strengthen the interregional ties of young pro-Europeans located in Europe’s center. 

Though vital to the working of the Cross Border Network, JEF Belgium took a bit of a prolonged hiatus last year. We are happy to announce that now, the Belgian team is getting back on track and looking to revive itself!

JEF Belgium is looking for a new generation of Europeans, to share ideas, learn new skills, discuss on Europe’s future and make new friends. Curious? Take part in the JEF Belgium Training Days 2015 in the vibrant but medieval student city of Leuven!

These training days are open to ALL: whether you are just curious or already know about JEF, everyone currently residing in Belgium and aged between 16 and 35 is WELCOME!

  • LeuvenWhen & where: 2 October – 4 October 2015 in Leuven; from Friday evening till Sunday afternoon.
  • Who: Young Europeans aged 16-35 interested in Europe and residing (currently) in Belgium!
  • How: Through interactive sessions, presentations and brainstorms with experienced and new JEF’ers, experts and you!
  • Deadline to apply: We accept participants on a rolling basis until all spots are taken! You’ll get a notification soon after registration.
  • Participation fee: ONLY 30 euro for members of JEF / European Movement Belgium and 50 euro for non-members (You can immediately make yourself a member here). This participation fee covers everything except travel fees: accommodation for 2 nights in youth hostel ‘De Blauwput’, all meals and learning materials.

EXCITED? REGISTER HERE! 

Please find here a sneak peek at the preliminary agenda:

Preliminary Agenda TDs

We hope to hear from YOU! See you in Leuven!

JEF Belgium – info@jefbelgium.eu

EU ♥ UK action successful in Cross-Border Network and beyond!

eulovesukcollageOur many sections and activists have contributed in various ways to the #EUlovesUK and #UK4EU action in the run-up to the British General Elections 2015! Most notably, we had people drinking British tea in front both (!) European Parliaments. Even though the results of the election might be challenging for Europe in the near time, our JEFers showed their love.

Call for Action: EU ♥ UK

EUheartUKOn May 7th 2015, the UK is holding its parliamentary elections. The Cross Border Network wants UK to stay in the EU! EU loves UK is the name of our action and we invite everyone to join! We invite you to express your love for the UK on camera, and send the pictures by 6 May to crossborder@jef.eu. We’ll share them on our Facebook page and here on our website :)
Read the full ‘Call for Action: EU loves UK‘ 

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Now Available: DemAlert app

 #DemAlert appWould you like to update democracy in Europe? Are you worried like us about today’s challenges in Europe, such as populism, intolerance and extremism? Are you keen to discuss, propose and develop new forms of democracy? And this in a fun, interactive and effortless way? Then we are proud to present you our new app DemAlertJEF Europe, our umbrella organisation, created this free Democracy Alert smartphone application available on GooglePlay and iTunes. Just try it yourself:)

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2nd Cross-Border Seminar through Simona’s eyes

On Friday, November 8th, I found myself sitting in a train heading to  as a representative of JEF-Liège. Expectations, excitement, worries, feelings of unknown, maybe a bit of fear was crossing my mind when I was dragging my luggage through rainy Lille, passing magnificent Le Palais des Beaux-Arts. After asking eight strangers on the street, challenging my (poor) map reading skills, and using “phone-a–friend” option more than necessary …

Written by Simona Popovicova, JEF Liège member 2013

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Why Lille is the perfect place for our 2nd Cross-Border Seminar

F1000015As president of the hosting section, I am pleased to welcome you to the wonderful, European city of Lille! One word of history: Lille is the former capital of Flanders. Throughout history, the city has been Flemish, English, Spanish and even a bit German – so it is difficult to find another such European place in France. We are proud not to be perfectly French!

Written by Pierre-Marie Simon, President JE-Lille 2013

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The 1st Cross-Border Seminar on European solidarity

Even upon arriving at the hostel in Maastricht, the fatigue was already visible on the faces of the organization team. If the work put in would match the outcome, we were going to have a great seminar. After the registration, the seminar was immediately under way. Of course the obligatory ice breaking games couldn’t be left out before we made our way to the ‘welcome dinner’.  The welcome speech was delivered by the mayor of Maastricht, Onno Hoes, who stated “If the Young European Federalists still need their own youth capital, you’re more than welcome in Maastricht!” …

Written by Cédric Fernandez-Alonso, President JEF Ghent 2012

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20th Birthday of the Maastricht Treaty: towards more European solidarity and stability in times of economic turmoil

*Vous pouvez trouver la version en français ici: Le Taurillon.

In light of the ECB announcement to start a conditional but unlimited bond-buying program, the state of the union of Barosso in which he announced to work for closer integration, the loss of the extreme Eurosceptic parties in the Netherlands and the ruling of the German constitutional court, one could easily become optimistic in regard to the prevailing European challenges. Alas, the Eurocrisis lingers on and the centripetal economic and nationalistic forces are slowly disintegrating the European Union with little efforts to stall, let alone reverse the process.

Written by Mathias Maertens, JEF Belgium Political Secretary 2012

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Hello Europe!

Welcome to the website of the newly established transition network of Belgian, Dutch, German, French and Luxembourgean JEF-activists that are organising a Cross-Border Seminar on solidarity and stability in Europe and the Euro zone, end of September in Maastricht, Netherlands. Here we will keep you updated on the preparations. Keep in touch!

Sarah Dejaegher on behalf of the Cross-Border Organising Team 2012