The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova held, in Orhei town, a summer school called “Europe at Your Home”, aimed at the development of Euroclubs for the young generation in Moldova.
According to its organizers, the summer school gathered 26 participants selected through a competition of essays, in which their authors described what Euroclubs mean, or may come to mean, in the lives of their residential communities.
For three days, the students participated in theoretical and practical training sessions that considered the topics of: youth development at the European level; support for youth businesses and new ideas; Erasmus Mundus; Tempus, Jean Monet, Comenius – advantages and possibilities; possibilities of youth involvement at the national and European levels; Euroclubs for the Moldovan youth; youth policies in the Republic of Moldova; support for youth businesses and new ideas, and a better access for citizens to public online services via the Internet.
The school’s teachers corps was led by the representatives of the EU Delegation to Moldova and of the Moldovan Government, who had repeatedly come across such projects at the national and European levels, in particular Dirk Lorenz – Political and Press Officer for the EU Delegation; Cornel Rascanu – Manager of the Project “Social Protection, Health Protection, Researches, Education and the Youth”; Tudor Darie – Adviser to the Prime Minister on youth and informational technologies issues.
Infotag’s dossier: A call for interest for setting up Euroclubs in Moldova was launched by the EU Delegation to Moldova in early 2011. The main goals of Euroclubs in Moldova are: informing and educating young people about the European Union and EU-Moldova issues, offering assistance in establishing good relations with European youth NGOs, and supporting Moldova’s aspirations for integrating with the EU. The call is aimed at (but not limited to) active young people aged 16-20.
Euroclubs were first launched in Portugal in 1990 as youth associations based on the common values and interests of its members with the main goal to inform young people about the European Union, European values and standards.
In Moldova, there are five Euroclubs, so far, – in Chisinau, Balti and Cahul.