ESN event updates
Between the 16th and the 20th of April ESN Turkey hosted the Annual General Meeting (AGM), the main decision-making body of ESN International. It took place in the capital of Turkey, Ankara. This was the place where around 700 ESN volunteers gathered in order to discuss important issues regarding the future steps our organization is going to make. Also, it was the perfect opportunity for our volunteers to meet and exchange good practices.
The Annual General Meeting of ESN has received the official patronage of the European Parliament! Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament has addressed the participants and the entire network in a video message.
One of the most important topics was the election of the new board for ESN International for the term 2015-2016.
The new board is:
- Safi Sabuni (ESN Sweden) - President
- Matthew Clemo (ESN UK) - Vice-President
- Jovana Stanković (ESN Serbia) - Treasurer
- Gafar Rampage (ESN the Netherlands) - Communication Manager
- Thomas Pappas (ESN Greece) - Web Project Administrator
The paricipants of the AGM Ankara after the flag parade
A Council of National Representatives (CNR) Meeting is the meeting of the Board of ESN with the Council of National Representatives. According to the Statutes of ESN AISBL, the CNR scrutinizes and checks the work of the Board, and must be consulted on budgetary, strategic and policy matters. During the year, the CNR acts as a substitute of the AGM.
The CNR Lausanne will be held between the 21st and the 24th of May 2015.
The National Boards' Meeting (NBM) is a bi-annual ESN event, where members of different National Boards come together. The focus is on exchanging knowledge and experiences. Therefore, the heart of the meeting is the “Meet your colleagues” session. Traditionally the countries also present themselves in form of a presentation or poster.
The NBM Thessaloniki will be held between the 28th and the 31st of May 2015.
ESAA Kick-off Conference in Brussels
The conference of the new Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association (ESAA), which will take place in Brussels on 11 and 12 June 2015.
The Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association (ESAA) brings together all European Union funded exchange students and alumni and offers a dynamic platform for networking, professional development and intercultural learning while promoting European Higher Education and worldwide cooperation. ESAA will offer a wide range of possibilities to its members by uniting four existing organisations under one new umbrella:
- The Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association (EMA)
- Erasmus Student Network (ESN)
- OCEANS Network
To kick off this new initiative, we are inviting a wide range of partners to join us for a networking dinner on 11th June at 7 pm, and for the kick-off conference on 12th June, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm at the Management Centre Europe (MCE) in Brussels.
The aim of the event is to show how the united ESAA can improve the student exchange experience and career prospects of Erasmus+ students. We will exchange views on the impact of Erasmus+ on society and how ESAA can contribute to maximise the benefits that the programme can bring.
Frederica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs of the European Union and Xavier Prats Monné, Director General of DG Education and Culture have been invited as keynote speakers. Their contribution will be followed by a thought-provoking panel discussion on Erasmus+ and its impact on the labour market. The afternoon will feature workshops on the role that Erasmus+ and ESAA can play in Intercultural Dialogue & Cohesion, Networking and Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe.
There are 40 ESNers attending the conference and the meeting in Brussels. The people have been chosen for the conference from the committees and international board alumni, as well as the current international board.