Debate on EU citizenship, civic education and mobility programmes

09.11.2020

Despite challenging times, eGA EMY team, in cooperation with Tallinn University International Club organised a real-life Debate on EU mobility, civic education and social and political integration of international students in host-countries. Inevitably, the question on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mobility and the future of EU citizenship rights was also discussed. The event took place on the 6th of November in Vabamu.

Photo: Participants of the debate

 

Participating international students had the opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns. Most of the questions were related to the current COVID-situation and how it affects the sustainability of mobility programs, quality of (online) studies etc.

Photo: Marina Kaljurand and Ingrid Hinojosa

 

The panelists were Marina Kaljurand, Estonian Member of European Parliament; Ingrid Hinojosa from Tallinn University, Anett Männiste from both European Solidarity Corps and Archimedes Foundation, and Heiki Viisimaa, from Archimedes Foundation. The debate was moderated by Eleri Pilliroog, Chairperson of the Board of Federation of Estonian Student Union.

According to Kristina Reinsalu, one of the organisers of the event, the participants gave many concrete recommendations for different stakeholders. “For instance, participants expected from the European Commission more flexibility in mobility programs, especially at times of crisis. Universities and agencies working with EMYs also pointed out the need for better coordinated and structured information from different national authorities to inform EMYs,” said Reinsalu. “We are more than happy about the valuable and helpful inputs we received! All valuable recommendations and ideas will be reflected in the EMY project’s Policy Recommendations,” she added.

Photo: EMYs sharing their ideas on debate in Vabamu

 

We are more than happy about the valuable and helpful inputs we received. All valuable recommendations and ideas will be reflected in EMY project’s Policy Recommendations,” she added.

The purpose of the event was to get a clearer understanding of the roles of different stakeholders dealing with EU mobile youth at EU level, in educational institutions, in mobility programs and agencies running them, and what are the challenges and actions needed in the future. 

The debate was part of project EMY – Empowerment of European Mobile Youth which is funded by the European Commission and co-funded by National Foundation of Civil Society.