A host of new subcommittees have been created at a very successful first General Assembly of EPSA. Thank you all for contributing with great ideas!
Here you can find the descriptions and contact information of the promoters of the subcommittees. If you did not make it to the assembly but you do want to get involved, do not hesitate to send an email to the promoter of the subcommittees.
If you think there is a topic missing for which you want to start a new subcommittee, please send an email with a committee description to Mapke - and your new subcommittee will be promoted on the website as well.
Fundraising subcommittee: The fundraising subcommittee wishes to ensure funding for EPSA projects and create a fundraising strategy. Our purpose will be to attract donations, sponsors and to obtain discounts or special advantages for stagiaires. This subcommittee will work in a strong collaboration with all the other departments or whoever (from EPSA) needs funding, and with the EPSA board. Therefore, we need all the support we can get!
Trips subcommittee: The trips subcommittee is for those interested in exploring Belgium and neighbouring European destinations. This committee will meet to organise day trips around Belgium as we have already done to Leuven, as well as other popular destinations like Amsterdam. Having a larger committee to help plan trips will mean more suggestions, recommendations, and better insights and experience about the best places to explore during our time here.
Discussion Group subcommittee: This will be an opportunity for stagiaires to attend conferences with designated speakers (MEPs, academics, etc.) in which they will be able to express their own opinion for the first time. Unlike normal conferences where a stagiaire would not dare raise their hand, ONLY stagiaires (apart from the speakers, of course) can attend, thus creating an atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable enough to put their forward their views on an issue and discuss them. There will also be opportunities for stagiaires to prepare speeches to speak alongside other speakers, should the topic interest them. Topics we would like to discuss at the various conferences include the Israel/Palestinian issue, the European citizen during the crisis, and the future of the EU. We would welcome other ideas, and please do come forward if you would like to be a designated speaker on a particular topic.
Promoters: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Get-all-interns subcommittee: The Get-all-interns subcommittee's aim is to get in contact with as many stagiaires in the European Parliament as possible. Besides Schuman trainees, there are several hundreds stagiaires working in the Parliament, for example with MEP's. However, these stagiaires often do not know about EPSA because they are not connected with the Stagiaires Office. We want to reach them because EPSA wants to be there for ALL EP interns. It would not only be good if they get involved with fun purposes, but also so that we can help them with any issues if needed. If you have knowledge on how to engage with these stagiaires, please join this subcommittee and help out!
Arts and Culture subcommittee: Brussels has a rich cultural heritage as well as a thriving arts scene ranging from film, theatre and opera to museums and historic buildings. The aim of this subcommittee is to organise various cultural outings as well as having reading or discussion groups on topics members of the subcommittee choose.
Promoters: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
United in Adversity subcommittee: 'United in adversity' is a solidarity project supported by EP trainees. Alarmed by the increasing human cost of the crisis and worried about the direction the EU is heading towards, we are engaged in constructively voicing our disagreement. Our goal is 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.
ECFIN subcommittee: Subcommittee for economics, finance and related topics. Currently the focus of the committee is somewhat broad and it is more of a general interest association. Its activities could include: sharing of information on events, when to go, and subsequent friendly discussions/drinks; arranging debates/presentations on specific topics depending on interest; discussing and being wrong about technical aspects of your work in front of people who aren't your supervisor; acting as a forum for presenting one's political agenda and having it challenged; posting of relevant internships/grad schemes/actual jobs etc.; uploading 2 page summaries of 45 page reports you have to read and make for your unit anyway so everyone else doesn't have to.
Blogging subcommittee: The Blogging subcommittee is centred on posting news updates, reports, comment pieces and other articles to the EPSA website. It can be written pieces or video material. The content will contain anything that involves events in the European Parliament, life as a trainee in Brussels, debates on current affairs, or any topic you think your fellow stagiaires might be interested in. It is not a subcommittee in which you need to be continuously involved: anybody who wants to contribute to the EPSA blog can send in their pieces.
Sports and Health subcommittee: The Sports and Health subcommittee promotes health through encouraging people to get involved in some sports activities and thinking about their well being. We will organise sports events so that everyone can get involved in either playing or just supporting and having fun!
Promoter: Nevyan Neykov firstname.lastname@example.org
Model EU subcommittee: For all stagiaires interested in knowing the EU institutional framework and decision-making mechanisms better, this subcommittee plans to organise a realistic simulation on how the negotiations work in various European and international settings. Have you ever wanted to put yourselves in the skin of an MEP, the Ambassador of your country, a Minister in charge of your field of expertise or even wanted to impersonate your Head of State? Well, we will try to give you the best experience of a political and diplomatic Role-Play. Negotiations workshops, fictional negotiations games are part of the program we would like to propose to you.
Job Fair subcommittee: The job fair subcommittee is in charge of organising the traditional EPSA job fair for trainees which takes place in the EP in every stage period. This traineeship period, we are five people in the committee and each person is designated a specific task such as marketing or logistics. As a team we deal with every aspect of organising the fair from booking rooms to inviting companies to attend. Overall we are working towards expanding the fair to include a broader spectrum of potential employers from a variety of different sectors.
Party subcommittee: The party subcommittee is responsible for organising a variety of parties (both big and small) for European Parliament stagiaires. Members will be responsible for coming up with themes, locations, venues, negotiating deals, prices, and discounts, selling tickets, and promoting the events.
Development subcommittee: This subcommittee organises events and discussions around different development issues and angles, for example on social development and gender, minorities/environment in Latin America and Africa. An idea is also to updates committee members regarding related events within and around the European Institutions. Any other forms of exchange and topics are more than welcome!
Dance subcommittee: Organising various dance classes: salsa, swing, jive... according to the general interest, to be discussed during the first meeting!
Fraternité 2020 subcommittee: Launched on May 9 2012, Fraternité 2020 was the very first European Citizens' Initiative (ECI). Its central aim is to call for the reservation of 3% of the European budget for exchange programmes. The Fraternité 2020 EPSA committee has at its heart to debate ways forward for young people in Europe, particularly the question of whether exchange programmes can be a panacea and should be put first on the agenda of youth promotion. The EPSA committee, together with representatives of Fraternité 2020 and further social players (such as the Young European Federalists or student unions), will work towards a conference, where this question will be discussed. Engagement will give you a better understanding of youth issues, and a wide network in youth representations.
Promoter: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit EU Institutions subcommittee: The visit institutions subcommittee wants to get out of the Parliament and organise visits to other institutions, for example the Commission, the Council, European Economic and Social Committee, Executive Agency Education, Audiovisual and Culture (EACEA), the Joint Research Centre, the UN and so on.
Mantongé subcommittee: The Matongé festival is coming up soon. It would be great to contribute to the initiative and organise a open debate on a local/Eu-related topic, show a movie, organise a special tour, or any other idea!
Photography subcommittee: Photography subcommittee: Our scope is to familiarise ourselves with photography, and other audio-visual media in producing different projects related with photography, short-videos combined with audio. Some of the ideas for the projects will be to make documentation of the life of trainees at the European institutions, their views about the crisis through photography, escaping Brussels in photo-video excursions or exploring Brussels through photo-making. Before the end of this traineeship we will try to organise an exhibition with our work if that is feasible. All people and ideas are welcome!