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Conference in Istanbul: “Learning mobility in the Youth Field”


From 7th  to 9th October 2015 Romana Mysula (European Team member 2012-2015) took part in the Conference “Learning mobility in the Youth Field: towards opportunities for all”, which took place in Istanbul (Turkey). European Platform on Learning Mobility was created after the idea to talk about Learning mobility appeared in 2010. Since that time the Conference in Istanbul was the third one within the work of the Platform.

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Global Training Session of IYCS & IMCS

24th July to 3rd August 2015, Tagaytay (Philippines)

by Evelina Manola (EKFE Greece)


Have you ever felt like the whole world can fit into a small place? That exactly was my feeling since the very first moment of the Global Training Session of IYCS and IMCS, which took place in Tagaytay, in the Philippines from 24th July to 3rd August 2015. The theme of the training session was “Salt of the Earth, Light of the World – Students Building the Kingdom of God” and it certainly had an impact on the lives of the young Catholic students that attended it.

During the sessions, we had the opportunity to learn a lot from experts and hear testimonies from people who shared their experience with us. We also had a day out where we – divided into small groups – got to visit various activities running by local organizations in an effort to fight the different forms of poverty and vulnerability. Last but not least, one of the most powerful tools that was used in order to empower the students was the sharing and exchanging among ourselves. Very often we had the opportunity to share our experience, knowledge and wisdom especially concerning crucial issues such as corruption, conflicts, youth participation, disparity, education and environment. Coming from different backgrounds and cultures, we all shared a breeding ground where everybody could express thoughts and views related to local, national and regional realities and even come up with ideas and solutions on how to make this world a better place.

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Newsletter 2015

Dear friends,


click here to read our Newsletter with information about what happened until the end of this first half of 2015!


Enjoy reading!


On behalf of the European Team 2015


Simon Fischer



The European Youth Forum (YFJ) invited its member organisations to the first Council of Members (COMEM) this year from 17th to 18th Aprile. For the European Coordination JECI-MIEC the European Coordinator Simon Fischer took this vote and set out for Brussels.

There was a meeting of the so called faith-based Member Organisations (MO) in the afternoon of the arrival day (16th April), but due to some traffic-related difficulties it was not possible for Simon to join this. As it was his first COMEM, he attended the introductory session for new delegates and in the evening the second meeting of the faith-based MO. They exchanged about the resolutions and the organisation-specific attitudes towards their contents.

There are two types of organisations within the members of the European Youth Forum: National and International Member Organisations. This structural difference in the past was normally also shown by separating these types of organisation spatially from each other during this meeting. The Extraordinary General Assembly on Friday started with a little innovation: all organisations were seated mixed. This measure was appreciated a lot by all attendants.

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Christ is risen!

The expresssion used by Jesus on te cross: “It is finished (tetelestai)” , means both that His appointed work was completed, the last installment was paid and that the lamb without blemish was found. Without the blood he sheded to spare us, we would not have known the joy of Resurrection.

Christ has risen! Let us rejoice and be the witnesses he sends out to share the Good News.

We wish that this time of Feast finds you with peace in your families and hope in your hearts.



Meet the European team 2015

European Coordinator
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His name is Simon Fischer, he is born in 1986 and he comes from AKH Germany.

He studies at Augsburg University in order to become Secondary School Teacher in Mathematics and Physical Education.

He is an active member of his local organisation since 2002 and an AKH board member since September 2013.

His first experience with JECI-MIEC was at the European Congress 2012 where he was a delegate for AKH and the second at the European Committee 2014 in Luxembourg, where he was elected.

The languages he speaks are German(as a mother tongue) and english but also some Italian and French.

He is a multitalented person with many hobbies such as sports(soccer, swimming, running etc), dancing and music(playing, singing, listening).


Team members


Mihaela Sopon, born in 1989, currently studies the second year of masters in Food Quality Management, having finished a BA in Food Science and Technology.

She is actively involved in the Greek-Catholic Youth Association ASTRU Cluj of which she is a member since 2008, and in the Executive Board since 2012.

She participated in several activities of JECI-MIEC in Strasbourg, Peltre, Cluj and Luxembourg, having joined the European team for the Year 2015 in the last mentioned location.

Her main hobbies are travelling, singing, getting lost in book stores and spending quality time with her family. Languages spoken: Romanian (mother tongue), English and French (advanced level) and very basic knowledge of Spanish, Italian and more recently German.


Jacques Neyens, born in 1989, has finished his bachelor in Law at the University of Luxembourg in 2014 and he studies at the moment the Master in Learning and Communication in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts. Besides of his studies he’s the responsible for the JEC Luxembourg activities and he’s a freelancer for Eldoradio for which he read the news. He likes to sing, play guitar and he’s working in different student associations. He first participate in 2012 at the JECI-MIEC European Congress in Malta, he later went to the Training Session in Peltre and was part of the prep team for the JECI- MIEC European Committee in Luxembourg where he was elected to the European Team for the year 2015.  He speaks Luxembourgish, German, French and English, but also a little bit of Italian.


His name is Clément Maury, born in 1992, from JEC France. He is currently in Master of Political Sciences (European Affaires) in Lille. He is a member of the National Team of JEC France since 2012 and president since October 2013. He has participated at the EC2013 in Cluj, at the Colloquium in Poland and at the EC2014 in Luxembourg. His hobbies are tennis, soccer and French horn. He can speak French, German, English and a bit Dutch and Italian.


Romana Mysula, born in 1986, is an elected as team member since January 2012. She comes from AUCS Obnova. She has a Specialist and Bachelor degree in Pedagogical Education and she is currently working at the International relations office of the Ternopil National Pedagogical University. She has a lot of experience in Jeci-Miec activities since she has attended the Summerweek in Cluj(2010), the Colloquium in Kaunas(2011), the Study Session co-organised by IMCS in Cologne(2011) and the EC 2011 in Corfu. Most important is that she has facilitated the Study Session in Strasbourg and in Malta, the Training Session in Peltre and the Colloquium in Warsaw, but also all the European Committees since 2012 as a European team member. Last but not least, she speaks Ukrainian, English, German and Russian.

Highschool expert

20140405_062109460_iOSJanek Szypulski, born in 1997, will work together with the European Team as a highschool expert. He comes from KIK- Drum Bun and he studies at Stefan Batory the King lyceum school.

He is involved in  Warsaw KIK where he is in the board of youth section and animator in section for children. His first experience with JECI-MIEC was at the European Committee but he was also a local organising team member for the Colloquium in Warsaw.

His hobbies are skiing, mountaineering and sailing. The languages he speaks are: English, German and Polish as mother tongue.

Christmas greetings

Dear friends of JECI-MIEC´s European Coordination

The first Christmas-carol, so to say, we find in the Gospel:


‘Glory to God in the highest heaven,

   and on earth peace among those whom he favours!’ (Luke 2:14)


It´s the song, the angels sang, when they were seen and heard by the shepherds.

This song contains, what people long for in Europe and world-wide: Shalom – Peace.

Our thoughts are this year especially with our Ukrainian friends and our friends in the Middle-East – and with everybody who reads this!


Merry Christmas to you and your families!

Yours sincerely,

European Teams 2014/2015

Transmission of Memory 2014

From the 12th to the 15th of December the European Teams 2014 and 2015 met in Cologne for the Transmission of Memories and had their meeting at the office of KHG Cologne. At this meeting took part Maximilian Niessen (outgoing European Coordinator), Fr. Markus Wasserfuhr(Spiritual Assistant), Eirini Freri(ET 2014), Romana Mysula(ET 2014/2015), Simon Fischer(European Coordinator), Jacques Neyens(ET 2015), Mihaela Sopon(ET2015), Clement Maury(ET 2015) and Jan Szypuslki(Highschool Expert).

The meeting started at the evening of the 12th when all the team members arrived and had a dinner and an exchange of gifts. The official part started on the 13th with a spiritual impulse and the update of the current Situation. Thanks to Simon Fischer all the discussion were interactive and more productive. At the afternoon Johan Vanhove and then every member wrote in some papers the expectations towards the work of the Team and the European Coordinator and in the evening they visited the board of AKH in Bonn.


The 14th kicked off with a morning prayer and the rest of the day was dedicated to the new Team. The responsibilities were distributed and the new team members had the chance to learn their new duties with the help of the old team members. During the evening, the two teams attended the Sunday mass celebrated by Fr. Markus together with the local students and then the evening and the meeting closed with some team building games for the new team.

We thank the European team 2014 for all the work that is had done and we wish the European team 2015 a great and fruitful mandate!


IYCS International Committee and Training Session in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

A highlight of the work in IYCS/JECI was the facilitation of the annual International Committee 2014 from the 2nd to 6th July together with the training session for the Global Campaign from the 6th to 14th July, which took place in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Both events were attended by the European Coordinator Johannes Maximilian Niessen. It is great to see the secretariat of IYCS/JECI again carrying out projects, which are one of the pillars of the movement.


As it regards the International Committee 2014 the place for the next World Council 2015 was discussed and four advocacy documents for the global campaign as well as the budget for next year were amended and adopted. On an informal level, the IC 2014 created a real team spirit amongst the international team members of IYCS/JECI and future collaboration is more than just intended.


The Global Campaign Training Session gathered around 45 participants with a majority coming from IYCS/JECI movements from Africa. During the Training Session amongst others, IYCS/JECI’s position on development has been elaborated and valuable input on advocacy mechanisms has been given. The event resulted in a concluding paper which was presented to the minister of youth and sports as well as to another member of the government of Cote d’Ivoire. Before this, the participants went on a march for raising awareness of the global campaign “fight poverty, build peace”.


European Youth Forum Council of Members(COMEM) and General Assembly(GA)

On April 25-26, 2014 in Brussels a combination of COMEM (Council of Members) and GA (General

Assembly) – meetings needed to keep on the work of the European Youth Forum (YFJ) took place.

YFJ is a platform for exchange and cooperation between National Youth Councils in Europe

and International Youth NGOs (98 in total) with the aim of forming common views on issues related to

youth and spreading them further.

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JECI-MIEC maintains full membership in YFJ and was

represented by Romana Mysula (ET member 2012-2014).

Main results and activities of the meeting:

• Election of a new board member Vasiliki Alexandri for a shortened term of 6 months (due to a step

away of a previous member)

• Ratification of the new Secretary General Allan Päll  and Good-bye of Giuseppe Porcaro

who was carrying out this duties during 2 mandates

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• Statutory changes approval that were needed and have been discussed for a long time already

• Meeting with the city major and presentation of Cluj-Napoca (Romania) as the European Youth

Capital 2015

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• European Election candidates debate on the Youth Agenda

• Thematic Square “Peace: Youth, Raise your voice! How will the recent developments affect

Europe?” dedicated to the current activities in Ukraine, initiated by Italian National Youth Forum

(FNG), supported by JECI-MIEC and many other organizations. Thematic Square was very actively

partaken by the delegates

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• The German National Committee for International Youth Work (DNK) suggested to adopt Urgent

Resolution on the situation in Ukraine. Its text can be accessed here:


Next meeting (GA) is scheduled for November 2014, when the election of the YFJ new board will take place.

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(Pictures – YFJ, Romana Mysula)

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