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Spring Day for Europe 2009 closes
With more than 6500 registered schools, more than 5000 contributions and more than 400 guests visiting schools, Spring Day for Europe was a success again. More than 8000 teachers and guests encouraged students to experience creativity and innovation at school and contribute to the campaign with outcomes published in 23 languages on this Web portal. Read more
And the winners are…
The winners of the three Spring Day competitions have now been announced. From almost 1600 contributions, the best ten entries for each category – “My Spring Day film”, “Create a leaflet for Europe” and “Your Best Idea for Europe” – will receive digital cameras, backpacks and other special goodies. Spring Day rewards young people’s creativity! Read more
France officially closes Spring Day for Europe 2009
Spring Day 2009 has been a huge success across Europe. The French participants officially closed the event in Paris, on 22 June 2009, with a splendid event organised by France’s Ministry of Education to acknowledge the enthusiastic participation of the country’s schools and award six prizes for best Spring Day activities. Read more
Did you like this Spring Day?
Spring Day is launching a short survey to evaluate the campaign via the feedback from the “users” – the teachers and students who took part. Spring Day is made by schools, and schools’ opinion counts. Help us do better, give us your opinion! Read more
President Sepi: Creativity and sustainability go together
This was the message from Mario Sepi, the President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), in a Spring Day 2009 online debate on this website on 8 June 2009. Read more
YOUR WORLD, YOUR BUSINESS: Inspiring young entrepreneurs to build a better tomorrow
YOUR WORLD, YOUR BUSINESS is a major new European initiative to bring social and environmental issues into school level entrepreneurship education. A collaborative partnership between the European Commission and Junior Achievement-Young Enterprise, it aims to inspire students aged 16-19 to become the kind of entrepreneurs our society increasing needs: creative, dynamic, and passionate about society and the environment. Read more
Lisbon school celebrates Europe
On May 28, Carlos Pereira Martins, member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), visited the Portuguese school Delfim Santos in Lisbon as part of the Back to School initiative. Last year, he had visited his former school in Viseu, and was keen to renew the experience. Read more
Slovenia officially closes the Spring Day for Europe campaign
The Slovenian schools enrolled with Spring Day for Europe took part in a national closing event at Gimnazija Moste, Ljubljana, Slovenia on 2 June 2009. Read more
Commissioner Kovács visited the Szent István Secondary School in Budapest, Hungary
On 18 May 2009, in the frame of the Spring Day for Europe project, Commissioner Kovács visited the Szent István Secondary School in Budapest, where he engaged in a lively discussion with students about the European Union. The Comenius partners of the hosting school had the opportunity to follow the event and address questions via the web.    Read more
Visit by Dr. Simon Busuttil MEP to Mtarfa BSS, St. Nicholas College
On Monday 18 May 2009, Dr. Simon Busuttil met some of our students at school, the Mtarfa Boys' Secondary School, St. Nicholas College, in Malta. Read more
“Europe is not far away, but part of our school!”
Our common European heritage were among the themes tackled by some 300 participants - students, teachers and VIP guests - at Homberg-Efze townhall in Germany on May 12. Read more
Spring Day at the National Parliament of Slovenia
By tradition, Spring Day campaign in Slovenia includes, among other events, a national gathering of students and teachers at the national parliament. This year, the participants were welcomed by Dr. Janez Potočnik, the European Commissioner for Science and Research, who addressed them through a video-message. Read more
Erasmus students go back to school
On 13 May 2009, Spanish Erasmus students paid a visit to Istituto Comprensivo Statale di Trevi, in the region of Umbria, Italy. In the words of the teachers arranging the meeting, “Erasmus students are European Ambassadors for an active citizenship crossing national borders”. Read more
Speak out, Margot Wallström tells students
Commissioner Margot Wallström urged young Europeans to speak out and thus contribute to democracy and their future. The Commission’s Vice President and Commissioner for Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy was taking part in an online Spring Day debate on 13 May 2009. Read more
The pan-European Co-operation Euranet: A new dimension in European communication
The European radio network Euranet is causing a stir in the European media scene! Read more
Marco Pezzani visits his old school in Parma, Italy
It was back to school for Marco Pezzani, who works at the Brussels-based European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). Mr Pezzani visited Parma’s Liceo Marconi on 11 May 2009, as part of Spring Day for Europe. Read more
Austrians love “Back to School”
More than a hundred groups of school students took part in the Austrian government’s “Back to school” initiative in the week preceding Europe Day. Read more
"Faces of Europe" with EU-Commissioner Dr. Benita Ferrero-Waldner
On June 5, 2009, Dr. Benita Ferrero-Waldner, EU-Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, will be the key actor in the next event in the dialogue series "Faces of Europe" in Vienna. Read more
EU Officials go "back to school"
Six hundred European officials will return to their old school this year, many of them on or around Europe Day, May 9. The idea is to "give Europe a face" and to take part in discussions with school students on European issues of interest to them. The 'Back to School' initiative, which started in 2007, is run this year in nine EU Countries from March to November. Read more
MEP Miguel Portas back to school
Communication among cultures is the main aim of the European Union, said Portuguese MEP Miguel Portas when he met the students of Escola EB 2,3 Manuel de Figueiredo in Torres Novas, Portugal, on 28 April. Read more
Europe Day in Cyprus
Celebrations and debates for Pallouriotissa Lyceum, Nicosia, in Cyprus, where Commissioner for Health Androulla Vassiliou was the special speaker for Europe day. Read more
How to give Europe a human face
Hans Torrekens, an EU Official, met about 120 students at the Sint Maarteninstituut Aalst, in Belgium, on 4 May 2009. He spoke about the history of the European Union and also the latest developments which influence people’s day-to-day life. Read more
Writing is a wonderful journey! says Marc Levy
Marc Levy, the French novelist, explained why ‘writing is a wonderful journey’ to twelve schools in ten countries while hosting an online debate from New York on 30 April 2009. The participants discussed fiction writing, creativity and innovation. Read more
Poland’s Lech Wałęsa charms school audience
Former Polish President Lech Wałęsa talked to students at the IV Liceum Ogólnokształcące in Torun, Poland, about Poland and Europe, and the European elections as an exercise in democracy, on April 17 this year. Read more
Get involved! urges Michel Delebarre
“Be creative and share your views on Europe and its future!” was the message delivered by Michel Delebarre, Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions, on April 22 during an online debate with 13 schools from six countries. The debate focused on June’s European elections and how they will affect citizens’ lives. Read more
Domenico Lenarduzzi: Never stop learning!
The inventor of Erasmus, Domenico Lenarduzzi, was the special guest at the Spring Day online talks on April 28 about educational programmes in Europe. Students from nine schools in seven countries asked him questions about the scope of these programmes, their limitations and where they are headed. They also presented their experiences, and wanted to know how small schools could face financial costs. Read more
Spring Day attends eTwinning Camp in Greece
During this year’s eTwinning Camp in Nea Moudania, Greece, teachers and students learned about Spring Day and took part in a roleplay on the decision-making processes in and between the EU institutions. Read more
President Pöttering: Younger generation should ensure peace on the European continent
On 15 April 2009 European Parliament President Pöttering came online on the Spring Day website for a “virtual meeting” with about 300 students and teachers from ten countries. Read more
Kuneva optimistic after Spring Day launch in Bulgaria
Meglena Kuneva, European Commissioner for Consumer Protection, said she was optimistic after the launch of the Spring Day for Europe campaign in Bulgaria at the Europe Direct Centre Veliko Tarnovo Office. Read more
MEP Catherine Boursier visits French schools
On April 20, MEP Catherine Boursier visited the Lycée technologique et professionnel Jean Hanzelet at Pont-à-Mousson in France, as part of the “Back to School” programme. Read more
You’re never too young to look after your health
“Be healthy – be yourself” campaign encourages young people to become more proactive in protecting their health. Read more
MEP Mikolášik backs Spring Day in Slovakia
MEP Miroslav Mikolášik, one of the most active supporters of Spring Day in Slovakia, plans to visit 17 secondary and primary schools in his country. Read more
Exploring the links between language teaching and creativity
Language teaching professionals from across Europe will come together in Tallinn, Estonia, on 16-17 April, to exchange views on how creativity can improve the effectiveness of language teaching. Among the participants will be holders of the European Language Label, the European prize for excellence in language teaching. Read more
European Elections: MTV joins in to help raise youth’s voice
European Commission and MTV Networks International announced an EU-wide initiative called « Can you hear me Europe », which is aimed at prompting young people to make their voices heard by voting in the European Parliament elections next June. Read more
Romanian school takes Spring Day registrations over 5,000 mark
Over 5,000 schools have now registered for Spring Day for Europe 2009. The Scoala de Arte si Meserii in Teregova, Romania, became the 5,000th school to sign up on 31 March. A vocational school in a rural area of Caras-Severin County in Romania, it trains students for jobs in the public sector. Read more
Spring Day for Europe 2009: Launch event in Strasbourg
The launch of this year's 'Spring Day for Europe' campaign to encourage school students to take part in activities to raise awareness of European issues took place on 25 March in Strasbourg. Commission Vice-President Margot Wallström and Katerina Batzeli, Chairwoman of the European Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education, met a group of students visiting the European Parliament to mark the occasion. The event took place on the eve of June elections for the European Parliament. Read more
Germany: State Secretary Dr. Karl-Heinz Klär met future bank managers
The Representative of the State of Rheinland-Palatinate to the Federal Government and for Europe and Member of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union, State Secretary Dr. Karl-Heinz Klär, visited a vocational school in Koblenz on 9th March 2009. Read more
Work hard, have fun: creative, innovative survival tips from top professor
Professor Bengt-Åke Lundvall, an Ambassador of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation, came online from Denmark on 12 March to debate with students and teachers from different locations in Europe. They discussed education in the learning economy and what key skills are needed to survive in a creative and innovative world. Read more
Who’s going back to school in Cyprus?
On 20 March 2009 Dasoupolis Lyceum, in Nicosia, Cyprus, hosted a number of distinguished visitors from the European Parliament and the National Parliament. The visit became a great event, involving debates with the students and celebrations. Read more
Commissioner Figel’ opens the Spring Day for Europe online debate activities
Commissioner Figel’, responsible for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, hosted the first online debate on the Spring Day website on 12 March 2009. The debate was the fifth event of this kind since 2005, when the guest decided to interact with Spring Day schools on a yearly basis. Read more
Development Youth Prize 2008-2009. Creativity focuses on Africa
“Human development” in Africa is the challenging topic of the Development Youth Prize 2008-2009. The current edition of the competition is now online and open for new submissions. The most originals will fly to Africa! Read more
Commissioner Leonard Orban visits the Goethe German College in Bucharest, Romania
In response to the “Back to School” programme, Leonard Orban, EU Commissioner for Multilingualism, visited the Goethe German College in Bucharest on 13 March 2009. Read more
Scotland: MEP Ian Hudghton visits Balloch Primary School
Rachel Campbell, who teaches at Balloch Primary School, Inverness in Scotland, the UK, reports on the visit of MEP Ian Hudghton at their school. Read more
Back to School in Germany: Annette Orth visits the Gymnasium am Römerkastell
On 9 March 2009, Annette Orth, an EU official working at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels, visited the Gymnasium am Römerkastell, Heidenmauer, in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. The visit took place under the Back to School programme, as part of the Spring Day for Europe 2009 campaign. Read more
MEP Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg pays a visit to the Strzegom High School in Poland
MEP Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg visited the Strzegom High School in Poland on 9 March 2009. The visit was a Spring Day for Europe event involving both teachers and students, who welcomed their guest to discuss a number of EU-related subjects. Read more
MEP Nicodim Bulzesc launches Back to School visits
On 23 February 2009, Romanian Member of European Parliament (MEP), Nicodim Bulzesc, visited two schools in Timisoara, Romania. He is the first guest to take part in the Back to School activity as part of the Spring Day for Europe 2009 campaign. The purpose of the visits is to bring EU officials to schools to meet young people and discuss the latest EU developments with them and how decision-makers influence our daily lives. Read more
Europeans go to polls in June 2009
Elections to the European Parliament will be held in the 27 Member States of the European Union (EU) between 4 and 7 June 2009. The event will be the biggest transnational election in history. Read more
Comenius Week 2009
Each year several thousands of schools work on common projects; teachers and pupils travel to their partner schools or take part in video conferences and chats. They create art works, videos and common publications; they exchange information on their country and learn more about the variety of Europe's culture and landscapes. Read more
Send a Message to Europe
"Send a Message to Europe" is the competition organised by Czech Spring Day office, Eurocentrum Prague, and the Information Office of the European Parliament in the Czech Republic. Inspired by the Czech EU presidency, the prize is a bright example of how Spring Day can make young people’s voices heard by decision makers. Read more
Erasmus students meet Spring Day for Europe
Erasmus is a successful European programme, enabling students to spend part of their time studying and living all over Europe. The Erasmus Student Network (ESN), one of the largest student organisations, is joining Spring Day campaign to communicate Europe to young people Read more