Off to an auspicious start
We have had quite a charged up first month of 2017 – reflecting, considering and generating new ideas that will set the tone for our project work for the year ahead. Of course, we would prioritise projects that are already underway and rest on established foundations, though we have dabbled with the idea of reviving Waves of Democracy, which has consistently yielded much positive feedback, and which we have come to consider a signature piece of the work of IUC. While in the budding stages of planning EUNET’s Immigration Committee meeting, scheduled to take place between the 14th and 16th of June, we hope to be able to pull off a small-scale seminar quickly thereafter, tied to the series of WoD projects. We are reasonably optimistic about the prospect of materializing our intentions. Updates will follow in due time.
A project that we are honoured to be able to coordinate, is MEP BSR – Elverum (Norway), which will take place from the 13th to the 18th of March. Visit MEP BSR’s official website for additional information. Young people from the Nordic/Baltic countries will meet to discuss security in the world after Trump, the European precariat, a possible energy union, cyberspace and crime, and the always essential question of how to empower young people to have more say in their personal and public lives.
Welcome to our newest board members
Two dynamic new collaborators joined the ranks of IUC to inject some fresh energy into the organisation and ensure that our ideas never run short on fuel.
We would like to extend a heartfelt welcome to Jesper E. Hansen and Sylvia Baptista.
Jesper is a Host Retainment Officer at DIIS. Holding an MA in Political Science from the University of Århus, he has previous experience in public and private fundraising as well as project management within sustainability. It might be noteworthy to mention that Jesper is a former participant and contributor to Waves of Democracy in Serbia.
Sylvia holds a Masters in Sociology from the University of Copenhagen, and is currently serving in the capacity of a Development Consultant at SOF (Copenhagen’s Municipality). She has participated in a number of IUC activities, not least the INTI project, and has been brought on board for her professional expertise in the field of immigration and work with vulnerable citizens. She will represent IUC in the Immigration Committee.
IUC is presently involved in a number of networks working on how to revitalize the debate about the EU, which is highly needed. More info will follow on the site and in our next newsletter.
Written by Magdalena Tashkova