Talented EUROPEAns from Hungary

Have you seen the gorgeous photos in the header?

Photo: Ruben Sági

This month our slide-show has pictures taken by Hungarian EUROPEA students and also teachers! They are all passionate photographers carrying their cameras with them wherever they go.

And they are : Brigitta Terényi, Bence Bucsányi, Péter Kiss, István Bárány and Ruben Sági – students; Éva Szövérfi and József Kovács – our teacher colleagues.

During the month of Hungary we are going to deliver you even more of their delightful works.

Stay with us and let their talent surprise you 🙂


By Judit Covic (HU), leader of EUROPEA Editorial Group

Crossroads of the Past

2018 is the year of EUROPEA! Our association is 25 years old considering the famous 1993 January meeting in Ettelbruck (LU) as the starting point when The Statutes were signed by the eight founding countries. But did you know that the idea to bring European Green VET students and teachers together dates back all the way to 1988?

Eventually, it all began with a bilateral exchange between two vocational institutions: Epe (NL) and Troyes (FR). One of the teachers in charge from the French partner, Jean-Luc Ravat (ꝉ) wanted to broaden the collaboration and soon preparations for a bigger scale event started.

Meanwhile, Jean-Luc was appointed the headmaster of Vire (FR) and slowly everything got ready for a new kind of reunion. The name CARREFOUR (Carrefour de l’Enseignement Agricole) came into being, and in the spring of 1988 160 students and 20 teachers got together for their very first CARREFOUR meeting held in Vire. Participants came from 8 schools and 6 countries with their responsible teachers:

Pic no1: Annie Bouatou and Jean-Luc Ravat (ꝉ).

  • Bremervörde (DE): Karl-Heinz Wilke
  • Brussels (BE): Walter Meyfroid
  • Ettelbruck (LU): Georges Krack
  • Epe (NL): Wim Brouwers
  • Sparsholt (GB): John Britton
  • Otley (GB): John Pearson
  • Troyes (FR): Annie Bouatou
  • Vire (FR): Jean-Luc Ravat (ꝉ)

(Most of these names will later appear in connection with EUROPEA!)


The event lasted a whole week, and everything went extremely well. And “Because of the very big success of the meeting, participating teachers decided to let the story go on. Georges Demeester, headmaster of the Brussels school, arrived on the evening before departure to announce proudly that they are taking over the organisation of the second meeting next year. And so, CARREFOUR was born…” admits Georges Krack, one of the founding fathers of EUROPEA.

Over the past 30 (!) years CARREFOUR has changed and improved. With the Comenius, Leonardo and Erasmus+ frames the organisers have had the opportunity to provide a firm financial background for the meetings. It has run under different names (e.g. Hedges & Bridges, Water & Wind, SEM, SKILL, STEP), but it has preserved the good old CARREFOUR idea and the feeling of belonging together. What was originally meant to be a single event turned into a tradition that goes on uninterruptedly even today.

Pic no2: Karl-Heinz Wilke and Georges Krack.

While CARREFOUR has its own delightful story, it also has a huge significance for our association since it served as a cradle for those ideas, concepts and decisions that ultimately led to the foundation of EUROPEA (l’Europe de l’Enseignement Agricole).

How it actually happened? Well, stay with us throughout 2018 and learn more as we travel back in time trying to reveal all the details. Until then:

Salute the founders and long live EUROPEA!


Acknowledgements: Many thanks to Madelon (NL), Evelien (NL) and Georges (LU) 😊



EUROPEA EC Meeting in Lisbon


For Executive Committee by Tone O Mosebø

Preparing the next general assembly of EUROPEA International in France 2nd-7th of April 2018 and continuing our work with a strategic plan were the main topics when the four members of the Executive Committee was gathered from 1st till 3rd of February 2018.

Preparing the next General Assembly

The Executive Committee (EC) is responsible for managing the daily operations within EUROPEA International and is accountable to the General Assembly. Since it is less than two months till General Assembly will take place, much of our meeting naturally was spent on preparing the meeting. This included preparing the agenda, the accounts for 2017 and the budgets for 2018 and 2019 as well as checking out, discussing and summarizing the work on other tasks that the previous GA has asked us to carry out.

Working on recruitment

One of the tasks is to investigate if some new countries would like to join EUROPEA.  We try to get in touch with Iceland, Cyprus, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Croatia. EUROPEA consists of national associations. In order to become a member, the national association must present agricultural and land-based vocational education and training institutions and be open to national members in the sector. The country must be EU-member, EFTA-member or a candidate country to the EU. So far, 25 countries are members, but there is room for more countries to join in.

Some national associations only have a small percentage of the schools in their countries as members. We discussed how we can help these countries with further recruitment. One reason for this is that it is easier to fulfil important aims, for example finding exactly the right partners for school developing projects, job shadowing or student exchange if there are many to choose between.

Strategic plan

A main subject for the EC is to continue the work with the strategic plan for EUROPEA. The topic was shortly discussed during the last bi-annual meeting (in Estonia, September 2017). The national coordinators focused on the nine aims of our organization and came up with a lot of ideas on what our organization can implement to reach these aims.

As we are not able to carry out all activities that came up, the EC suggests focusing on activities that can:

  • strengthen and deepen the network of EUROPEA
  • sharpen our profile to raise awareness of our organization and make us become more visible

In the meeting in France in April, we will find time for further reflection and discussion on the topic, and hopefully choose some activities that will be given priority.


PS: For our members the full minutes of the Executive Committee’s meeting will soon be uploaded in Team Engine.



F&F – Finland and Flowers

This year Taitaja, the Finnish national skills competition, is scheduled for 14th – 17th May 2018 and will be held in Tampere. It is the largest annual VET event organized with the intention to promote professional skills and improve cooperation with the business sector.

Milla and her flowers

There will be 45 different skills on the agenda and approximately 400 competitors are expected to enter. They must be students of vocational schools with the age limit of 21. Some disciplines are international, and what is more, the organisers will provide the opportunity for students with special needs to take part too (TaitajaPLUS). Also, there are going to be interesting follow-up programmes like presentations, excursions and international seminars.

EUROPEA will be represented by a young lady entering the floristry competition. Milla comes from Huittinen and the EUROPEA school SASKY Municipal Education and Training Consortium, Huittinen Business and Vocational College, and will be there in Tampere to compete for her school and for all of us EUROPEAns.

Fingers crossed and good luck, Milla !

For more info on Taitaja HERE.


Acknowledgements: many thanks to Ulla (FI) 🙂


Glimpse into History

14-15 January 1993 (!)

Cordially welcomed by Norbert Feltgen, headmaster and Georges Krack, president of the COE (Comité d’Organisation EUROPEA), a group of dedicated colleagues working in European agricultural education arrives at Lycée Technique Agricole in Ettelbruck, Luxembourg on 14 January 1993. They are on a mission: to create The Statutes of EUROPEA and establish a new kind of cooperation within the Green Sector of the continent. On the following day the document is completed, and EUROPEA (l’Europe de l’Enseignement Agricole) is in for a successful journey into the world of collaboration, professionalism, friendship and goodwill.

Exactly 25 years ago today, during the afternoon of 15 January 1993 The Statutes of EUROPEA were signed by 15 representatives of 8 countries: Belgium, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Ireland, The Netherlands, Portugal and The United Kingdom. Furthermore, the first Executive Committee was appointed with Jakob Kjaer (DK) as president, and the Belgian delegation was trusted to seek official recognition of the Statutes by the Belgian authorities.

Madelon de Beus, one of the Dutch delegates recollects her memories of those two days: ‘It was not easy. Norbert Feltgen (LU) was the president of the meeting, and Georges Demeester (BE), as a lawyer, explained the statutes. We spoke thoroughly about each article. As you can imagine, every country had its own opinion about how to run an association like this! But after two days we all approved The Statutes and EUROPEA was a fact!’

A new movement was undeniably launched, free to rise and ready for a rich and exciting future! Today, 25 years after this historic event, EUROPEA is proud to unite 25 countries, more than 1000 Green VET schools and it is stronger and hotter than ever.

Salute the founders and long live EUROPEA!

Acknowledgements: Thanks to Georges (LU), Jacob and Henrik (DK) 😊 Special thanks to Madelon (NL) 😊 😊