Greetings from Budapest

3-5 December 2017, Budapest, Hungary

Old and new members of the EUROPEA Editorial Group met up this winter in the capital of Hungary to discuss future takes and responsibilities, gather new ideas and lift EUROPEA PR to a different level.

The Agenda embraced the following topics: re-organisation of the Editorial Group, strategy of the EUROPEA PR, development of Social Media and evaluation of the AGROLYMPICS.

During the eight-hour work meeting the team agreed on many duties and actions including, for instance, interesting long-term campaigns on the website, creating new Social Media spaces (Instagram, YouTube), setting up a picture bank and starting a Wikipedia entry. The Report with all the details is currently in making and it is coming soon to TeamEngine.

In Budapest editors were joined by the representatives of the Executive Committee, Elisabeth and Nicolas. Also, Izabella, the NC of EUROPEA-Hungary paid a visit to the meeting. Finally, the team was hosted by the FM KASZK Centre on the last evening and had a wonderful time together.

EUROPEA wishes you a great Christmas Season. May we meet again in 2018!


DEP: Let Them Fly

October 29-31, 2017 – Madrid, ES

EUROPEA school Green Academy, Aarhus, DK has just started a new project called DEP (European Drone Platform). The Kick-off Meeting took place in Madrid, ES and was hosted by Spanish Confederation of Education and Training Centers. The goal was to clarify all the open questions, activities and tasks related to the project. In the upcoming two years partners are going to work on this exciting new topic.

Follow their progress on FACEBOOK.

More details on the project below:


  • Teachers, Trainers
  • Students
  • Policy-makers, researchers, media and academics involved in VET
  • Experts in the field of planning VET Courses
  • Experts in the field of training
  • Experts in the field of agriculture


  • To include innovative technology in VET specifically in agriculture curriculum.
  • To develop a Drone Course at the European level.
  • To increase the skills and knowledge of teachers in the area of drones and their ability transmit and implement it on the learning process of their students.
  • To prepare students with the skills to find a job more easily.
  • To train other trainers to acquire current knowledge and to prepare them to transmit that information to their students.
  • To unify agricultural sector between countries.
  • To convert countryside and agricultural job in an attractive career for youngsters.
  • To learn from the different countries participating in the project and their national legislation, the uses of the drones in their countries and the trends drones are initiating.
  • To establish a network of knowledge and exchange of ideas at European level that helps to learn and acquire the necessary skills to use drones.

With DEP project, we plan to train people who will be able to have competences in dealing with drones and that would materialize in:

  • Competence in building a drone and identifying the required components and assembly for a proper operation.
  • Competence in flying a drone safety.
  • Competence in learning theoretical contents about drone’s working and its components.
  • Competence in training others in the use/application of drones
  • Competence in using the DEP platform in order to look for drone information (legislation, foreign businesses…).
  • Competence in the application of drones in precision agriculture.


  • To exchange legislation, knowledges, courses and materials on the use of drone in VET
  • To make video lessons generated in the training course
  • To promote mainstreaming
  • To train teachers, leaders and other school staff in promoting innovation.
  • To spread around Europe the knowledge on how to use drone in education.

Acknowledgements: many thanks for the info and the pics to Karolina (DK) 🙂

ECFL 2018 is coming to Hungary!

26-29 October 2017, Sopron (HU)

The group of experts responsible for the Preparatory Meeting of the upcoming 17th European Championships in Forestry Skills spent the past two days in and around the beautiful town of Sopron in Western-Hungary.

Rain could not stop the busy programme and the enthusiasm of the organisers and the participants. Even the outdoor activities went as scheduled and the event was a definite success. During the work meeting in the conference rooms of the Kőhalmy Hunting Museum the 24 participants (coming from 14 European countries) agreed on all the rules and regulations of the competition.

Also, a technical demonstration took place out on the practice fields of the Secondary Forestry School Gyula Roth, the host of the big event in May 2018. As part of the programme colleagues had the chance to get to know the lovely surrounding of Sopron, take a walk on the forestry course called Cyclamen Trail, enjoy birdwatching and visit the Fertődrákos quarry as well as the wonderful sights of Fertőd and the Fertőd-Hanság National Park.

The Preparatory Meeting and the competition likewise are supported by institutions such as Tanulmányi Erdőgazdaság Zrt, National Park Fertő-Hanság, ProKultúra Sopron Nonprofit Kft; furthermore, by Mr. János Kántor, a local businessman, and of course by EUROPEA.

Chief organisers, Mr. László Hoczek, the principal of the Secondary Forestry School Gyula Roth, and dr. Takács Viktor, responsible for the competition, are looking forward to welcoming you in spring 2018.

Good luck to all the teams and see you in May!

Acknowledgements: many thanks to Izabella (HU) 🙂

AGROLYMPICS: Switzerland on top


28 September – 1 October 2017, Burgstadt, Saxony, GE 

Team SWITZERLAND has won the 2nd European AgrOlympics with ESTONIA in the silver medal position and the home team of SAXONY, GE in third.

A truly wonderful event and a few unforgettable days TOGETHER in Burgstadt with the youth of Green VET Europe 🙂


Many thanks to Gerd Alscher and his team for the pin perfect organisation and the great experiences!

A detailed article is coming soon to you here on our website. Meanwhile visit our Facebook page for more info and great pictures.

EUROPEA in Estonia !

Ministry of Rural Affairs of the Republic of Estonia

Future workers in agriculture and rural economics need to be innovative

As a part of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, EUROPEA International held a conference titled “From Rural to Digital” on 21-24 September in Tartu, with representatives of vocational education and training institutions for agriculture and rural economics from 20 countries participating in the event. All the parties agreed that future workers need to be innovative, flexible, willing to communicate, able to adapt and ready to use various IT-solutions.

“Agricultural education is in constant change as it moves with the developments in society and technology. The Ministry of Rural Affairs still has close cooperation with agricultural education institutions. Vocational schools for agriculture play an important part in promoting rural life and shaping policies and offer a wide range of possibilities for lifelong learning,” Minister of Rural Affairs Tarmo Tamm said in his address at the conference.

During the second day of the conference, several interesting and innovative solutions were presented, followed by a discussion panel. The participants came to the conclusion that the rapid developments in economy and technology require structural changes in vocational education and training. The needs to improve the attitude towards vocational education and for employers to be more involved in the vocational education system were also stressed during the conference.

The moderator of the conference, Ants-Hannes Viira, believes that implementing innovative IT-solutions will help improve productivity and be more sustainable for the environment. At the same time, they will also attract new and industrious people into the agro-food industry.

According to Elisabeth Hönigsberger, Secretary General of EUROPEA International, dealing with numerous challenges, such as climate change or food supply, puts an enormous demand on agriculture, as well as the agricultural training institutions and makes both rural and digital solutions necessary.

“Exchange of experience and cooperation among 20 countries is extremely important as this will help keep the high standards of our training institutions in the agricultural sector. The excellent examples presented in the meeting have already led to the first ideas and discussions for future projects to support our agricultural students in their learning process,” Hönigsberger stressed.

She added that: “As the Secretary General of EUROPEA, I want to express my gratitude for this perfectly organised meeting. We were impressed by the professionalism of EUROPEA Estonia and the hospitality of the Estonian people.”

According to Katrin Uurman, Director of the EUROPEA Estonia, the EUROPEA network is perfect for developing a good cooperation between partners and for finding answers through joint discussions and projects. “A new generation of youth is entering the market – a generation who, in the near future, will start to use technology that doesn’t even exist yet. And in that generation, there are also those who will, through their boldness and creativity, start to develop new and effective technologies for the agricultural sector. The EUROPEA International network with its possibilities for international cooperation will help with that. Together we are strong and will move forward,” she stressed.

“The number of rural economic or green sector schools has decreased in Europe as a whole. In order to gain new experience and organise professional competitions and various projects, we have to work together with other countries. This will also give an excellent opportunity for both teachers and students to gain international experience,” Head Master of Olustvere School for Services and Rural Economics, Arnold Pastak, said.

In addition to exchanging knowledge and experience, participants had an opportunity to get acquainted with Estonian educational institutions for agriculture and rural economics. During the first evening, members of EUROPEA were hosted by the Estonian Agricultural Museum. Guests were introduced to the Estonian food culture and farming traditions, while a real blacksmith gave a practical overview of his work. The musical entertainment was provided by the female choir Emajõe Laulikud.

On the third day of the conference, one group went to Räpina School of Horticulture with practical workshops and an opportunity for the participants to visit the small-entrepreneur Figuraata OÜ and the Räpina Creative Centre. At the same time, another group visited Olustvere School for Services and Rural Economics, where guests had a chance to visit the local food fair and the International Youth Ploughing Contest. The participants also met with the Minister of Rural Affairs of Estonia, Mr Tarmo Tamm.

EUROPEA international conference was organised by the EUROPEA Estonia and the Ministry of Rural Affairs of Estonia.

The EUROPEA International network is an organisation of institutions providing vocational education and training for agricultural, horticultural and forestry professions. It was created in 1992 and currently has 25 member countries. The goal of the network is to raise the levels of vocational education in agriculture, organise student and teacher exchange, help develop international cooperation projects, organise and support professional competitions and promote vocational education.

Estonia became a member of EUROPEA International in 2005. Estonia is represented in the EUROPEA International network by the non-profit organisation EUROPEA Estonian Centre that is a network for cooperation between representatives of the Järvamaa Vocational Education Centre, Olustvere School for Services and Rural Economics, Luua Forestry School and Räpina School of Horticulture.

Conference webpage and presentations:

EUROPEA International:

Pictures from the Facebook page of the Ministry of Rural Affairs:

Photo: The participants of the conference met with Estonian minister of rural affairs Tarmo Tamm on the local food fair in Olustvere, photo by Oleg Harchenko | XOfoto

Sent by: Kertu Kärk (Ministry of Rural Affairs of the Republic of Estonia, Public Relations Department)

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