CAP: Have your say!

Just great! The EU commission has started a consultation process on modernising and simplifying the common agricultural policy (CAP)!

Everybody is welcome to fill in this QUESTIONNAIRE and express their opinion. It is available in all EU languages and is open to all EU citizens.

So why don’t you have your say today?!

Open till 2 May 2017.

Read more on the topic HERE.

Acknowledgements: many thanks to Elisabeth 🙂

Photos: Zoltán Covic

MINDS into MATTERS

13-16th January 2017, Poland

MINDS into MATTER – the “Book of Business” sustainable training tool in the tourist industry (2016-2018) is an ERASMUS+ KA2 project that has the aim to gather the existing creative knowledge from entrepreneurs working in the field of tourism. Then, by creating the “Book of Business” out of the collected information and data, the project would provide VET teachers and coaches with valuable curricula and useful training tools.

The project emphasises the need for a close collaboration between schools and companies to give students the opportunity to obtain the most up-to-date practical knowledge, which would grant them better chances on the ever-changing labour market.

Partners are coming from six different countries of Europe: Iceland (the project leader), The Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Spain. The Kick-off Meeting was held in Iceland in October 2016, and recently the project visited Poland where partners were hosted by EUROPEA-Polska, and the Green VET School of Gołotczyźnie, the Polish partner.

After spending long hours in the conference room, the group visited the company called Gospodarstwo Produkcyjno-Handlowo-Usługowe “Kowalski in Winniki, a village in Eastern Poland, and got a very special insight into the country’s agritourism.

EUROPEA is looking forward to hearing from the project again wishing you, dear partners, lots of success and a wonderful two-year journey together!

For more information click to these websites TENERIFE and EESTI or visit their Facebook page.

Acknowledgements: many thanks to Wiesia and EUROPEA-Polska 🙂

Photo: Kowalski Facebook Page

France EUROPEA – Claudine LE GUEN at the helm

France EUROPEA

Claudine LE GUEN at the helm

The Autumn General Assembly of France EUROPEA was held in Angers on 16 November 2016.

The accounts are good. The new website will be soon operational. The grouped projects of individual mobilities – carried by Nantes Terre Atlantique for the member institutions of the consortium – pass from the quantitative in LEONARDO to the qualitative in ERASMUS +. They turn to employability, include ECVET approach and institutions must develop their own European development plan.

New President

The big issue was the election of a new president following the termination of Jean-Marc BAYLE’s activities. Claudine LE GUEN takes up the torch.

Professor of agronomy in Coutances, then deputy director and director in Saint-Lô, she is since 3 years director of the EPLEFA of Robillard in Normandy and member of the bureau of France EUROPEA.

Let us pledge that Claudine will maintain the flame and breathe additional dynamics into France EUROPEA.

Claudine Le Guen, the new president of France EUROPEA.

Happy New EUROPEA Year!

Together in 2017

After the “Big Tuesday” and the long awaited legal adoption of the new Statues, EUROPEA enters the New Year stronger than ever and well prepared for future challenges.

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In 2017 our association will organise the regular bi-annual meetings once again. The EUROPEA family will travel to Malta (one of our newest member states) in spring and to Estonia in autumn.

Spring promises to be an exciting period as “changing of the guards” has to be carried out in April. Three years has just rushed by since the last elections and it is time to vote for new leaders and appoint a new Executive Committee.

Autumn will bring us not only the EUROPEA Seminar in the beautiful Baltics but hopefully some student events as well. The annual Ploughing Competition regularly held also in Estonia is scheduled for the end of September. What is more, EUROPEA-Germany is working on the organization of 2nd AGROLYMPICS. It shall take place from 28th Sept – 1st Oct in Saxony.

Traditional events like the EUROPEA Wine Championships and the European Forestry Championships are also on the agenda of 2017. Details are coming soon.

All you have to do is to stay with us during the upcoming year and we will keep you updated on what is happening in Green VET of Europe.

EUROPEA wishes you a very happy and prosperous New Year 🙂 !

ANNIE KICK-OFF MEETING

Aquaponics New Novelty In Education (ANNIE) is an ERASMUS+ KA2 project in which several EUROPEA partners are involved. Rotterdam was the venue, from 13th to 16th of December, for the kick-off meeting of this project.

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Aquaponics 

Aquaponics is an eco-friendly, sustainable system for food production, a circular system where aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (plant breeding in water) come together.

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The cycle starts with the feeding of the fish to produce ammonia rich waste, which accumulates in the water.

The effluent-rich water is essential for plant growth. So the waste water is pumped to the grow beds. The bacteria that is cultured in the grow beds helps to break down impurities and as a result, nitrogen remains, which is an essential nutrient for plants. The plant roots filter the water which now contains nutrients for the fishes, and is pumped back down to the fishes.

Aquaponics a sustainable system to grow food

Aquaponics is sustainabplants-growing_le because the food is grown locally and not from far flown. And without the use of pesticides and antibiotics, so it is even healthier
and fresher. Aquaponics also supplies ten times more food per square meter, with a minimum of water consumption. This makes it ideal for urban areas and dry, nutrient-poor countries. Aquaponics can thus contribute to future food problems, the reduction of CO² emissions and 9/10 may reduce the use of precious drinking water for irrigation.

Aquaponics training for sustainable food production

The Aquaponics Training Centre will provide short training sessions to various groups within society and also to foreign students and teachers.

The Training Centre provides training not only as a lifelong learning process, but also an opportunity to obtain a higher qualification, to make a start to set up their own mini enterprise headed by Wellantcollege or to provide young unemployed an opportunity to develop.

The Aquaponics Training Centre can play a role by providing a pragmatic training for disadvantaged groups in the labour market. So they can set up an aquaponic setting within their own environment itself to provide their area of vegetables, herbs and fish, grown in an organic way. They also learn about water, plants and animals and that together form a complete picture of the ecosystem.

At Wellantcollege Rotterdam there is a demonstration lab. Such units can be placed anywhere in an urban environment to set up a sustainable way for food production. For example in abandoned buildings, sheds, greenhouses or community centres.

For further information

Please contact with the Project Leader Mr. Ton Stok A.stok@wellantcollege.nl