Eurodesk - a wealth of information for Europe's youth

27.09.2011

Did you know that through Eurodesk you can access over 200 programmes, 350 organisations and over 1 800 resources both in Europe and internationally? So if you have a question relating to work, travel, study or volunteering, try asking Eurodesk.
Did you know that through Eurodesk you can access over 200 programmes, 350 organisations and over 1 800 resources both in Europe and internationally? So if you have a question relating to work, travel, study or volunteering, try asking Eurodesk.
 
Eurodesk, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2010, provides information on European programmes and policy aimed at European youth. It started life in Edinburgh in 1990 as a small, regional project that gathered together in one place information relevant for young people. Over the last two decades it has expanded considerably to become one of the main sources of information for young people in over 33 countries in Europe.*
 
As Eurodesk’s President Reinhard Schwalback explains, “Eurodesk is now a living and breathing network that offers young people and those working with them more than just ‘European information’.”
 
The network he refers to consists of over 900 regional and local partners and provides access to: information on European work, study, travel and volunteering opportunities; organises events, exhibitions and competitions focused on European mobility and funding possibilities; produces regular publications and news; and provides links to a range of organisations. It even has an “Ask your EU question here” section where you can email a question direct to a Eurodesk partner.
 
And just in case you are wondering how this differs from EURES… Whereas EURES focuses on job matching between jobseekers and employers of all ages and their mobility throughout the EU, Eurodesk covers several other areas and is only aimed at young people.
 
According to Anja Ruhland, Eurodesk Director the strength of the Eurodesk is that it is “flexible enough to maintain a common standard of quality information services throughout Europe while accommodating the diversity of national priorities and approaches.”
 
Since 2007, Eurodesk has been part of the permanent support structure of the “Youth in Action” programme of the European Commission, which offers a variety of activities for young people.
 
So if you have a question relating to Europe, try asking Eurodesk.
 
* EU 27, plus Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey.
 
 
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Find out more about the available resources on the Eurodesk website.
 
Find out more about the Youth in Action programme.

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