Dear EPSA Community,
Some Stagiaires have asked for more information on the petition we are asking you to sign.
Beginning two boards ago, EPSA began to represent political as well as Schuman trainees.
Until one week before the October elections at which the current board was put in place, the traineeships office was completely ok with this.
At the end of September, the traineeships office made a U-Turn on its position, and now considers the representation of political trainees to be a problem. As such they will no longer engage with EPSA.
Why is this an issue?
Why do we want you to sign the petition?
We hope that this encourages you to sign the petition, and help us do our best to represent all Stagiaires.
You can sign the petition here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/EPSA-Petition
Sherbaz Ahmed, EPSA President.
EPSA invites you to the first general assembly of the association for the October traineeship period.
At this meeting, EPSA’s board will introduce the association’s plans for the coming traineeship period including those for language classes, trips and more.
The board will also seek feedback from members on what they would like to see from the EPSA over the coming months.
Volunteers will also be sought to join standing subcommittees and suggestions for additional subcommittees will be sought.
A detailed agenda for the meeting will follow shortly.
Where: Room 4Q1, Jósef Antall Building (JAN).
Access is via the ASP building, make your way to room 4Q1 via the bridge above the esplanade.
When: Friday 21 October, 12:30-14:00
Queries to Radostina, EPSA vice president.
EPSA will shortly be offering trainees the opportunity to write about their time at the Parliament for the EPSA blog. We will also be launching a podcast which will bring stagiaires together with those making change in the EU and beyond to talk out important contemporary issues. If you are interested in getting involved, contact Seán, the communications officer.
Taksim Square, Istanbul,
Sunday June 9th
By Simon McKeagney
In one of the largest and most populated cities on Earth, it’s understandable that a revolution could go unnoticed, just around the corner. And although three nights in this extraordinarily beautiful city gave me only snapshots (literally) of continued anti-government protests, it’s worth bearing that in mind; it’s business as usual in most areas of the city beyond Taksim Square.
The reason I make this point is because I’ve been generally uncomfortable about the rush to ‘revolutionise’ an aspect of a democracy that has, more or less, performed as it should; the right to assembly and protest. I believe democracy is not an entitlement, but a responsibility, and Turkish citizens seem to have performed their duty outstandingly. But given I am no expert on Turkey and had nothing but a brief hour soaking up the atmosphere on Taksim Square yesterday, I’m limiting my below comments to the very general impressions and feelings I experienced in Istanbul over the last few days, specifically, some that surprised me.
Laura Rolo Reviewing the EU Traineeship Football Championship
Players for “Your Mother’s Lover” met at the Alterio Spinelli’s entrance on a bright Brussels day to travel to the first match of the big, fabulous and world famous EU Traineeship Football Championship Spring 2013!
No wassaa, no feishbuk, no office issues in mind, nor any other distraction on our way to Woluwe Sport Centre (our official bus was being used by FC Barça to celebrate the Spanish League Cup xD). There is a voice which asks… "What’s the name of our adversary?" - "The losers", someone replies. That is the attitude!
We arrive to Woluwe. The smell of Pizza Hut welcomes us but we have a hunger for victory! It is a really sunny warm day, but our place this afternoon is indoors… we hope nonetheless that there will be more sunny afternoons!
The atmosphere in the field is great and motivating. Centurions IV and RUA are playing and the standard of fotball is very high! (Frankly, I get a little bit scared!!)
Brussels time: 19:00 27th May. Place: Woluwe Sport Centre
The match between Your Mother's Lover and Tiemen's Deamons is going to start. But...Houston, there is a problem! Tiemen’s Deamons has suffered a last minute loss and they are just 4 players. So, in a gesture of friendship and good vibes, they ask us for one of our players and I go with them (fact that they will regret!! hehe)
The match goes quickly and is full of emotion! We are running a lot but we are not so tired because we are enjoying it even more! There are goals, faults and corners aplenty, as with a normal football match but with the big difference that the atmosphere in the field was much better than in a Real Madrid match. Finally, Your Mother’s Lover won the game but, actually, all of us won new friends and a great experience.
Looking forward to the next match!
A Mother’s lover,
Several EPSA subcommittees are working hard behind the scenes to achieve their goals. So was the 'United in adversity'-subcommittee today. This subcommittee wants to produce a short video statement, which will evolve around the messages of solidarity towards the crisis ridden citizens and hope for the common European future. This time though, the active members of the subcommittee (fltr: Mapke de Boer, Natalie Schnelle, Simon Mc Keagney, Hesham Zakai, Elisabeth Sergiadou, Michalis Goudis, Ana Santamaría Justo, Ahinara Bascuñana López, and Adeline Frenzel) worked on the video script and at the same time enjoyed the very rare sunshine in Brussels.
Information on the shootings of the video, the actors and any other happenings evolving this video will be announced soon!
EPSA's first Discussion Group confrence about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict was a big success. Check the photo report of the event here.