Thursday, 30 June 2011

Letter from the Chair

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It has been a busy Spring for DARE and DARE members. The second DARE Spring Academy was a resounding success. Thirty multipliers in youth work from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom participated in "Human Rights CREATIVE" in Sonnenberg (Germany) from 4-11 April. DARE and the Educational Centre Kurt Löwenstein also organised a GRUNDTVIG In-Service Training on the issue of Education Strategies against Right-Wing Extremism and Group-Focused Enmity in Europe in Berlin from 22-28 May. More details on both events can be found in this e-newsletter.

Some of you may know that the European Commission yesterday published a new proposed Multiannual Financial Framework for 2014-2020, which sets the parameters for all EU programmes and the entire EU budget. At this moment it is not quite clear how this will effect EDC and HRE in Europe. The DARE Board will use this summer to closely study the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020 to see how DARE's activities can fit in the framework. The Board will meet in person in Brussels on 1-2 September to discuss DARE's strategic plan for the coming years. This Summer, DARE will also launch its e-learning platform, which offers professional development opportunities for members and other actors involved in EDC and HRE in Europe.

We will keep you informed via e-DARE and the DARE website about other upcoming events organised by DARE and DARE members. If you haven't already done so, please mark your calendar: DARE's General Assembly will take place in Warsaw on 19 November during our annual conference, this year co-organised with NECE. You can also read more about this in the current issue of e-DARE.

Wishing you a wonderful summer,

Frank Elbers