Friday, 14 March 2014

Structured Dialogue cycle III – “Social Inclusion” - Greek Presidency 10 to 12 March 2014

Structured Dialogue: a process for discussions between young people and policy makers about different themes, to make sure the opinions of young people are taken into account in defining the EU’s youth policies.

The third cycle of the Structured Dialogue is currently underway. The thematic priority for this cycle is the "social inclusion of young people across Europe".

After the Irish Presidency (January 2013 to June 2013) and the Lithuanian Presidency (July 2013 to December 2013) the last of the current trio, the Greek Presidency (January 2014 to June 2014) took place in Thessaloniki 2014: European Youth Capital from 10 to 12 March 2014. 

The European Commission and the European Youth Forum are responsible for coordinating the process and deciding upon sets of questions to be asked to young people across Europe. These questions are used as the basis for national consultations in each EU country, which are organised by National Working Groups, which in most cases are led by youth councils and include other youth organisations and stakeholders.

In Greece, the national consultation was held until 27 January 2014 and the National Report can be found here (in Greek). 

Facilitating, along with my Turkish co-worker, one of the seven workshops of the Conference about social entrepreneurship was an enriching experience. 
The agenda, the press release and the joint recommendations of the EU Youth Conference in Thessaloniki can be found here.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

It’s January 2013 and my last post was in October 2011…everybody asks me whether I quit? Quitting from life; Never! Making a retrospection of the time passed I feel even more motivated to write. 

But since the crisis in Greece is in our skin, flesh, heart I am putting all my energy in volunteer action in Greece being published – reproduced in Greek. 

So, if you – those who still join me – know Greek you will find my actions by following me in facebook, twitter and of course following the organizations I am affiliated with;
Mediterranean SOS Network -
United Societies of Balkans - (where my profile can be found here)
(you can additionally follow them also at facebook & twitter)

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Friday, 7 to Saturday, 8 October 2011 Athens

Anna Lindh Foundation National Network in Greece with the cooperation of Athens Network of Collaborating Experts (ANCE)

Non Profit Space: The Non –Profit Sector as Key & transversal competencies generator

Project n. 503016-LLP-1-2009-1-IT-GRUNDVIG-GMP

- EuropeAid Project

- EU Funding Instruments

- ALF calls for proposals

- Other calls for proposals

- Designing a project

- Budget planning

- Project Cycle Management (PCM)

Instructors: Kelli Bibiri (ANCE), Giannis Kardoulis (European Profiles S.A.), Cleopatra Yousef (ANCE), Margarita Salteri (ANCE)


More info:

Anna Lindh Foundation National Network in Greece



Monday, 26 to Wednesday, 28 September 2011 Ispra – JRC

How the Media works / The art of good story telling – and how to write a good tale / Broadcasting your message / Alun Lewis

prepare your story for general consumption - understand the role of the press release - learn the art of good story telling - the role of the broadcast media / how they differ in their demands, how to prepare for an interview, how to control an interview

Golden rules: WHO (target audience) – WHAT (take home message) – WHY (what is my agenda?) – WHERE – WHEN


Science journalists – Priests or Critics? / Toby Murcott

Social Media / William Mortada (

Starting the lecture with “Social Media Revolution”

Challenges for communicating science in public participation settings - Two-way communication with communities / Tom Wakeford

A very interesting seminar on science communication and debate organized yearly by IPSC of JRC!

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Monday, 4th to Monday, 11th July 2011 Beijing & Xi'an - China

EU – China Year of Youth / 4 - 11 July 2011 Beijing & Xian – China ‘EU-China Youth Forum on sustainable development’

The EU-China Year of Youth coincides with the European Year of Volunteering and the 10th anniversary of the International Year of Volunteering. The yearlong program, co-hosted by the European Commission and the All-China Youth Federation, aims to promote intercultural dialogue and strengthen mutual understanding and friendship between European and Chinese youth, as well as encourage young people to care about and support the development of EU-China relations. The EU-China Year of Youth is the start of a series of themed years in EU-China relations. 2012 has been designated as the EU-China Year of Intercultural Dialogue.

The programme (see below), full of interesting cultural visits, had as a scope to promote and develop better understanding and appreciation of cross-cultural differences between EU and China youth. The impact of my participation to the programme is best described by Mr. Markus Ederer, Head of EU Delegation in Beijing**:

What difference can the EU-China Year of Youth make to my life?

I think that the best answer to this question is "opening up to each other".

Liang Qichao, (1873-1929) a Chinese scholar, journalist, philosopher and advocate of democracy published his “Ode to Young China” in late Qing Dynasty were it stated:

“The young are the ones who bear the responsibility of building a new young China…When the young are wise, the country will be wise; when the young are rich, the country will be rich; when the young are strong, so will be the country; when the young are independent, the country will be, too; when the young are free, the country will be free; when the young progress, the country will progress; when the young surpass Europe, the country will surpass Europe; when the young dominate the globe, then the country will as well”

Liang Qichao, “Ode to Young China”, 1900.

Liang Qichao saying quoted by Markus Ederer, Head of EU Delegation in Beijing, in his speech at the Opening Ceremony of the EU-China Year of Youth in Beijing**, as: "If the youth are wise, society will be wise; if the youth are rich, society will be rich; if the youth are strong, society will be strong; if the youth are independent, society will be independent; if the youth are free, society will be free; if the youth progress, society will progress."

Let’s try all for that!


The programme of the 4th flagship event of EU – China Year of Youth 2011

July 4, Monday – Beijing All Day: European participants arrive in Beijing / 19:00 Welcoming Reception - Address by Ms. Dong Xia, Deputy Secretary-General of All-China Youth Federation & Mr Ioannis Kavvadas, EU Delegation to China & Mongolia

July 5, Tuesday – Beijing 09:00 – 11:00 Visit the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China / Introduction to the CPC and its international work by Mr. Shi Guohui, Assistant to the Director of Bureau VII / 11:00 – 11:30 Q&A / 13:30 Guided tour of the Forbidden City

July 6, Wednesday – Xi’an Departure for Xi’an / 14:00 – 18:00 Group program (Group A: Guided Tour of Xi’an Jiaotong University/ Group B: Guided Tour of the Local Community/ Group C: Guided Tour of Xi’an Wastewater Treatment Plant/ Group D: Guided Tour of Xi’an Qujiang Cultural Industry Zone) / 20:00 Great Tang Sleepless Town

July 7, Thursday 09:30 Yongning Gate (South Gate) of the old city - Ancient Style Welcome Ceremony/ 10:00 Cycling on the gate tower / 12:30 International Horticulture Exposition Garden ( 14:00 EU-China Green Proclamation Launching Ceremony

July 8, Friday 09:00 Opening Ceremony of the EU-China Youth Forum for Sustainable Development/ Address by Mr. Chen Zhongni, Vice President of the All-China Youth Federation - Ms. Kristin Schreiber, Head of Unit, External Relations, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, European Commission - Mr. Li Yuqi, President of the Shaanxi Provincial Youth Federation - Luca Scarpiello, Vice President of European Youth Forum - Ms. Wang Meng, Member of the 11th Committee of ACYF, short track speed skater, Olympic Champion - Moderator: Dong Xia, Deputy Secretary-General of the ACYF / 09:30 -12:00 Keynote Speeches*

Topic 1: Economic Sustainable Development and Youth -Chinese expert: Mr. Jiang Changyun, researcher of the Institute of the Industry-based Economy and High-tech Economy, National Development and Reform Commission, Member of the Expert Committee of the National Sustainable Development Pilot Zone; & -EU expert: Dr. Paul Fleming, Director of Sustainable Development, Professor of Energy Management, De Montfort University

Topic 2: Ecological Sustainable Development and Youth -Chinese Expert: Ms. Li Min, Member of the expert team of the National Mother River Protection Operation, Senior Engineer of the Yellow River Upper Reaches Management Bureau, expert on water and soil conservation & - EU Expert: Dr. Peter Schmuck, Professor and Research Leader, University Göttingen

14:30 – 18:00 Working Groups (Group A: Green Volunteering/ Group B: Green Transportation/ Group C: Green Consumption/ Group D: Green Creativity)

July 9, Saturday 10:00 – 12:00 Plenary meeting / presentation of the results/ 15:00 – 17:00 Terra Cotta Museum/18:30 Farewell Banquet

July 10, Sunday Departure for Beijing/ 16:00 – 18:00 Guided tour of the Great Wall /

July 11, Monday All day: Departures

*Article in Chinese newspaper

**Message from Markus Ederer, Head of EU Delegation in Beijing - An exciting matchmaking opportunity / published in the newspaper “China Daily”: Markus Ederer ‘A great opportunity for China and EU’

More info:

European Commission -> Youth -> Focus on -> 2011 EU-China Year of Youth

2011 EU-China Year of Youth official European website




2011中欧青年交流年 EU-China Year of Youth Official Website

Facebook - EU-China Year of Youth networking group (Open) -