New “Internet and Democracy” Brochure by YCDN available

Here you can check the German speaking brochure of our workshop, which held on 9th and 10th Mai in Düsseldorf, Germany! It took place in cooperation with Arbeit und Leben DGB/VHS NW and Chaos Computer Club Düsseldorf e.V.

Beside the interesting presentations there were a cinema evening, with the documentary “We are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists” from Brian Knappenberger and a “CryptoParty” from Chaos Computer Club Düsseldorf e.V.

The workshop was very interesting; I would like to thank all of the speakers and participants for the great event in this way too. I hope that I can continue the project soon!

Best,

Szilvia Gellai

For more Details please contact gellai[at]ycdn.eu

Project5_broschüre

YCDN part of “Elements of Enthusiasm Foundation”

Dear YCDN supporter,

The work of the Young Citizens Danube Network (YCDN) started almost 4 years in ago in Budapest. Our goal was to build up an European institution for the youth of the Danube region. Therefore, we set up a team of young and highly motivated people from all over the Danube region.

Some of the milestones of YCDN were:

-          Statement of the German Bundestag in April 2011

-          Conference “The Young Generation of the Danube Area as a Key to European Integration” at Andrássy University Budapest in June 2011

-          Strategy workshop at Andrássy University Budapest in September 2011, elaborating a solid and significant document for the youth network

-          Winner team of “Challenge Entrepreneurship 2013” – an initiative by the Foundation of German Business (Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft) and Heinz Nixdorf Foundation; being among others financially supported for the year 2013

-          Workshop in order to find ways of institutionalising YCDN in June 2013 in Munich.

The most important outcome of this workshop was the fusion with the German Foundation “Elemente der Begeisterung” (EdB) – Foundation Elements of Enthusisam. http://www.edb-stiftung.de/programm/young-citizens-danube-network/

This means that the YCDN is now a body corporate organized under public law. We are now able to apply for funding wherever possible. If you have any project ideas, please contact us! We are now combining our website with the EdB. This technical and administrative work will take some time since it’s all voluntarily. If you want to keep up with the work of the YCDN please sign up the newsletter of our new foundation here http://www.edb-stiftung.de/aktuelles/newsletter/

Furthermore the Danube-Institute of the Andrássy University installed student assistance in order to have all projects running! There are several projects on the run such as:

-          International Youth Camp to remember the outbreak of World War I

-          “Vokskabin” – online voting booth for Hungarian national elections 2014 

-          Workshops for first-time voters in national elections

-          “Europa gestalten – Shaping Europe”

Therefore, YCDN got finally a legal form and can be reached from now on under the Andrássy University (http://www.andrassyuni.eu/donauinstitut). The official contact person from now on is Torben Otte (otte@ycdn.eu). Torben is in charge of all matters regarding the YCDN though the “old” team is always there for help if needed!

You are always invited in join YCDN again, to spread the word or contact us!

What we achieved so far would not have been possible without the support of numerous partners. Therefore, we want to thank all partners who expressed for years their trust and provided us helpful advice, essential information, financial support and necessary motivation!

Please feel free to contact us and follow the evolution of YCDN.

Don’t forget: YCDN – United in Diversity. Along the Danube. In Europe.

The YCDN-Team (among others Johann-Jakob Wulf, Juliane Gierach, Tina Miedtank)

Report on the Donauwandel- Forum in Novi Sad 2-4. July, 2013

Report on the Donauwandel- Forum in Novi Sad

 2-4. July, 2013

Thanks to the invitation of Mr. Stefan Barth , CEO of the Agapedia Foundation I was glad to be able to participate at the Donauwandel- Forum in Novi Sad.

The Forum had been connected this time with the event „Cross- border cooperation and civil-society”. In the first part we had the opportunity of learning from the experience of the Four Motors of cross-border cooperations, just as those of Upper Rhine, Rhone-Alpes, Catalonia and Alpine-Space. All of the experts were talking about the main difficulties like cultural and language differences, complexity of the measurement of the value added, finding the right level of institutionalization and first of all having the sound knowledge of real needs of the regions in cooperation.

The main issues the cross- border cooperations were developing the transportation system to make the region more competitive and improving tolerance – even by little steps just like a regional newspaper in all the languages spoken in the region. Bilingualism is a great chance even at the labor market!

We learned that the success factor of cross-border- cooperations are depending on the ability of tackling the difficulties mentioned above, finding the right balance between economic development and preservation of the characteristics of the regions in cooperation, mastering urban spread which makes the situation of the border-regions more difficult, and the most important lesson learned is that priorities should been set up to avoid fragmentation so that the cooperation will be efficient.

In the afternoon we had the opportunity of learning more about the aims and work of different institutions taking part in the Danube- Strategy. First the regional cooperation perspectives from the perspectives from the host, Province Vojvodina were presented, then projects, best practices from the Danube Region. Mr. Florian Setzen, Director of the Europa Zentrum BaWü introduced the project “Gaining with training”, which is a demand-driven vocational training for administration colleguages from the Danube Region that aims to increase efficiency when writing proposals for different funding opportunities. Later we learned about the importance of cultural cooperation for the Danube Region Strategy and the work of the European house of Vukovar and about the Danube network of local and regional authorities as well.

At last but not least Mr. Stefan Barth from the Agapedia- Stiftung, who invited YCDN to take part at the event, was talking about the necessity and benefits of cooperation in the social sector and with the civil society, and his Danube Partners from the project Donauwandel were giving examples and best practices.

On the second day we learned about two project examples developed within the context of Gaining with training, the Supernatural project, which aim is to raise awareness of environmental protection among young people and Lampas Foundation, which aim is to prevent human trafficking.

Then we had the opportunity to discuss strategic and funding issues in two workshops and learn from each other.

In the afternoon we visited the Ecumenical Humanitarian Organization, a partner institute of the Donauwandel-Project, where we learned about the situation of the roma minority and how the initiative of the EHO is trying to help improving their living circumstances and integrating them to the labor market at the same time.

The second part was a social sightseeing in Kac, 12 km away from Novi Sad, organized by the Donauwandel- Group. First we visited the old mill (Pichler- Mühle) and learned about its history how the Family Pichler had tried to help its fellow inhabitants of all nationalities and religions and about the future plans of converting it a dynamic place for the youth with the help of the European Union.

Visiting the old mill in Kac, Serbia

At the reception in the evening we learned more about the project “Old Mill” by Ms. Anna Kirchner, Mr. Herbert Schön, Ms. Vera Dobanovcki, and a positive evaluation of the Donauwandel – project was given by Mr. Stefan Barth and Mr. Peter-Paul Daferner.

Reception in Kac, Serbia

As the last part of the event we visited the local cemetery in Kac, where all nationalities had been buried from the region and as a part of the German- Serbian reconciliation a memorial had been built and other improvements were in plan.

At this place I would like to thank again Mr. Stefan Barth in the name of the whole YCDN-Team for his generous invitation so that I had been able to meet these inspiring people and learn about their great work in and for the Danube Region.

Beatrix Percze

Project manager “EU_TOPIA”

Confirmed guests

We are proud and excited that we have top-class guests who confirmed to attend our workshop on June 22, 2013, in Munich. For more information, please have a look at our Konferenzprogramm 22. Juni 2013.

Our guest list includes:

  • Michael Theurer, Member of the European Parliament
  • Prof. Martina Eckhardt, Andrássy University Budapest
  • Prof. Klaus Roth, Danube Citizen of the Year 2012, LMU München
  • Stefan Barth, Agapedia Foundation
  • Thomas Hetzer, Deutsch-Polnisches Jugendwerk
  • Anna-Lena Klein, Bayrische Staatskanzlei
  • Marco Frimberger, Interkulturelles Zentrum “Jugend in Aktion”
  • Dr. Christoph Schnellbach, Donau-Institut Budapest
  • Florian Setzen, Europa Zentrum Baden-Württemberg – Institut und Akademie für Europafragen
  • Frank Morawietz, Deutsch-Französisches Jugendwerk
  • Radka Bonacková, Tandem – Deutsch-Tschechischer Jugendaustausch