The European Parliament and UNESCO have granted their patronage for the International Summer University for Intercultural Leadership in 2013.
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In granting UNESCO’s patronage to this initiative, Director General Irina Bokova declared : “We need to promote recognition of diversity as a source of strength, creativity and innovation for all societies, and to develop new bridges of dialogue and cooperation on this basis. This calls for greater engagement by young women and cooperation on this basis […] In this spirit, I salute the Aladdin Project for promoting these values and leading this initiative to develop them as young leaders”
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The European Commission is the EU’s executive body. It represents the interests of the European Union as a whole (not the interests of individual countries).
The Commission’s main roles are to:
– propose legislation which is then adopted by the co-legislators, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers
– enforce European law (where necessary with the help of the Court of Justice of the EU)
– set a objectives and priorities for action, outlined yearly in the Commission Work Programme and – work towards delivering them
– manage and implement EU policies and the budget
– represent the Union outside Europe (negotiating trade agreements between the EU and other countries, for example.).
Erasmus+ is the EU’s new umbrella programme for education, training, youth and sport, designed to be more global and more integrated than ever before. It brings together seven EU programmes and offers more opportunities for cooperation than its predecessors. Its budget provides opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train gain experience, and volunteers abroad.
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In granting the European Parliament’s patronage to this initiative, European Parliament President Martin Schulz said that the purpose of the International Summer University for Intercultural Leadership “resonates strongly with both the history and the aims of the European Parliament… [as it] will bring together a wide array of young people to both broaden their intercultural experience and promote peace, mutual respect and intercultural dialogue.”