Who is the AEGEE mem­ber of the year 2017? Which anten­na, which project was the best? What were the high­lights of the year? And what will 2018 bring? The Gold­en Times asked more than 80 local­ly or Euro­pean­ly active mem­bers. In this 13th edi­tion of the AEGEE-Europe review: read what Flo­ri­an Hauger, Philipp Blum, Petra Buruzs, Jur Remei­jn and Frosso Chavli said.

 

Florian Hauger, Secretary General of AEGEE-Europe and former President of AEGEE-Heidelberg

Gold­en Times: What was your per­son­al AEGEE high­light in 2017?
Flo­ri­an Hauger: EPM Zagreb! Mobi­liz­ing hun­dreds of AEGEEans against pop­ulism and anti-Euro­pean agi­ta­tion was an amaz­ing expe­ri­ence I enjoyed to the fullest. It was tru­ly inspir­ing to see so many peo­ple tak­ing a stand to defend the achieve­ments of the Euro­pean inte­gra­tion and the val­ues AEGEE stands for. More­over, I met an old friend I haven’t seen for a long time, so I also asso­ciate this event with some dear per­son­al mem­o­ries.
Which mem­o­rable moments of AEGEE-Europe in gen­er­al in 2017 do you remem­ber most vivid­ly or was out­stand­ing?
That was clear­ly the open­ing cer­e­mo­ny of Ago­ra Cata­nia – par­tic­u­lar­ly the address of May­or Enzo Bian­co. His mov­ing report about the res­cue of 153 refugees on the very same day and how they were wel­comed in Cata­nia was a haunt­ing appeal on our com­mon Euro­pean oblig­a­tion to save and pro­tect peo­ple flee­ing form war and per­se­cu­tion.
Who was for you the out­stand­ing mem­ber in 2017? Please name up to three.
First of all, I would like to thank all our mem­bers for their amaz­ing con­tri­bu­tion this year. When it comes to the three most out­stand­ing AEGEEans, I would like to start with my dear friend Vio­la Bianchet­ti from AEGEE-Hei­del­berg, who enhances AEGEE both local­ly and Euro­pean­ly with her lim­it­less cre­ativ­i­ty and inven­tive­ness. Fur­ther­more, I’d like to name my pre-pre­de­ces­sor Sven­ja van der Tol, who proved that true lead­er­ship lasts longer than a CD man­date. She keeps on inspir­ing me with her warmth and com­mit­ment for our newest mem­bers. Last but not least, I nom­i­nate Ilknur Demir from AEGEE-Ankara for the suc­cess­ful return of a cul­ture of polit­i­cal dis­cus­sion in AEGEE. She’s been doing an amaz­ing job set­ting up our new Pol­i­tics Inter­est Group and gets more and more AEGEEans involved in their thrilling dis­cus­sions on Face­book.
Which was for you the out­stand­ing anten­na in 2017? You can also men­tion up to three.
The first local to come into my mind is AEGEE-Zagreb. Mari­na and her team did a fan­tas­tic job exe­cut­ing their EPM under the most dif­fi­cult con­di­tions. I had a great time work­ing with this love­ly local and real­ly enjoyed our col­lab­o­ra­tion. Sec­ond­ly, I’d nom­i­nate AEGEE-Odessa, which stands proof that even small locals can think big. Con­sid­ered dead for quite some time, these crazy folks are cur­rent­ly plan­ning a Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty for up to 50 par­tic­i­pants next year. Dur­ing my vis­it in Odessa, I had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to see how AEGEEans enrich their local envi­ron­ment by get­ting active in urban her­itage con­ser­va­tion, anti-fraud cam­paigns and the pro­tec­tion of student’s rights on cam­pus. Keep on fight­ing for what you believe in, Anas­ta­sia, Vitalii & Co! You rock! Last­ly, AEGEE-Hei­del­berg. I know it’s kind of a dick-move nam­ing your own local here, but the team of 2017 was sim­ply too cool to hide it. I’m real­ly proud of you and would like to thank all of you for your out­stand­ing per­for­mance this year! Every­body else: Don’t for­get to apply for our AEGEE-Hei­del­berg Gala ball event in spring. The date:  31st of May to 3rd of June!
What was for you the out­stand­ing Euro­pean project, work­ing group or inter­est group in 2017?
I am deeply impressed how the Pol­i­tics Inter­est Group enriched the demo­c­ra­t­ic debat­ing cul­ture in our asso­ci­a­tion. After the online forum has been main­ly used by the same per­sons, we final­ly have a plat­form for every­body to share their opin­ions. I am hap­py to see POLIG mak­ing AEGEE’s agen­da set­ting more inclu­sive!
With the Euro­pean Cit­i­zen­ship Work­ing Group (ECWG) we have anoth­er body boost­ing AEGEE’s aware­ness in polit­i­cal issues. As their CD-appoint­ed per­son, I already had the chance to get a bit of an insight in their plans for 2018 and I’m hap­py to see how Alvaro’s team makes the Euro­pean idea acces­si­ble for every­one. Pre­pare your­self for their con­fer­ence in Warsza­wa next year!
The third body to be men­tioned is the AEGEEan. Demo­c­ra­t­ic orga­ni­za­tions need crit­i­cal and inde­pen­dent media. Despite their lit­tle num­bers, Fed­er­i­ca and her team assure jour­nal­is­tic cov­er­age and bal­anced report­ing in our asso­ci­a­tion. I also enjoyed to watch how the AEGEEan involves more and more oth­er bod­ies in their work, which cre­ates both very cool syn­er­gy effects and a deep­er under­stand­ing of each other’s work.
What do you fore­see as high­light or the big top­ic in AEGEE in 2018?
The inte­gra­tion of the East! Fight­ing for visa-waivers for young peo­ple from East­ern Part­ner­ship coun­tries has been an AEGEE top­ic for quite some years. The recent adop­tion of the visa-free regime on Ukraine cre­at­ed a win­dow of oppor­tu­ni­ty and I expect Arme­nia to become the next coun­try to gain this priv­i­lege. With our upcom­ing EPM in Yere­van “Euro­pean Inte­gra­tion – Can we think that big?”, we will get the chance to dis­cuss about the inte­gra­tion of Europe’s last fron­tier dur­ing AEGEE’s first ever statu­to­ry event in the Cau­ca­sus region. Arme­nak and his team are work­ing hard to give this con­fer­ence the strongest impact pos­si­ble. With min­is­ters, gov­ern­ment offi­cials and civ­il soci­ety stake­hold­ers present, we’ll get a unique chance to make a real dif­fer­ence. See you soon in Yere­van!
What are your per­son­al AEGEE plans for 2018?
I will keep on doing my best to pro­vide all AEGEEans with the best sup­port pos­si­ble from the head office. Our mem­bers are doing amaz­ing stuff and keep on over­whelm­ing me with their cre­ativ­i­ty and end­less ide­al spir­it. Please don’t hes­i­tate to con­tact me via headoffice@aegee.org in case you need infor­ma­tion, doc­u­ments like visa invi­ta­tions, rec­om­men­da­tion let­ters, cer­tifi­cates or any oth­er kind of aid. I am always hap­py to help you!
How and where will you spend New Year’s night?
I will be in Rus­sia going yolo with AEGEE-Mosk­va and AEGEE-Tyu­men on their new year’s event in the Trans-Siber­ian rail­way. Can’t wait for the adven­ture to get start­ed!

 

Blum. Philipp Blum.

Gold­en Times: What was your per­son­al AEGEE high­light in 2017?
Philipp Blum: Jump­ing into Baikal Lake — and all the emo­tions on our good­bye after the Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty. Since 2014 I want­ed to go, but I nev­er applied, for dif­fer­ent rea­sons. This year, I final­ly went, and it tru­ly was a spe­cial sum­mer.
Which mem­o­rable moments of AEGEE-Europe in gen­er­al in 2017 do you remem­ber most vivid­ly or was out­stand­ing?
Nei­ther pleas­ant to remem­ber, nor out­stand­ing — but mem­o­rable: The “groupie fight below the belt” at Ago­ra Enschede. How we as young peo­ple want to change the world, crit­i­cize old politi­cians, their lack of trans­paren­cy and fid­dles — and then we proved not to be bet­ter. If we behave like the ones we crit­i­cize, we lose our val­ues, in my opin­ion. Fur­ther­more, AEGEE should be enrich­ing your life, not mak­ing it mis­er­able.
Who was for you the out­stand­ing mem­ber in 2017? Please name up to three.
First­ly: Mar­co Daniele, for being a CD appoint­ed mem­ber that real­ly worked with the lit­tle time we had togeth­er as SUCT — not only look­ing at our work with one eye. Sec­ond­ly, Friedrich and all oth­er peo­ple involved in Europe At Eye Lev­el, a whole new thing for us — full of suc­cess­es and chal­lenges. Last but not least: Gun­nar, Réka and the peo­ple from AEGEE-Agri­gen­to for mak­ing a ran­dom thought come to life.
What was for you the out­stand­ing Euro­pean project, work­ing group or inter­est group in 2017?
I like to see that the Elec­tion Obser­va­tion Project is evolv­ing with an eye on the exter­nal influ­ence we can have. I real­ly admire it and hope the evolve­ment will keep it tied to AEGEE.
What do you fore­see as high­light or the big top­ic in AEGEE in 2018?
Same pro­ce­dure as last year? Same pro­ce­dure as every year, Miss Sophie.
What are your per­son­al AEGEE plans for 2018?
I want to improve and work on my train­er skills and see Y Vote suc­ceed­ing in its goals.
How and where will you spend New Year’s night?
Not on an offi­cial AEGEE Event, but still with AEGEEans — in love­ly Kraków.

 

Petra Buruzs, former Mediation Commissioner, AEGEE-Budapest

Gold­en Times: What was your per­son­al AEGEE high­light in 2017?
Petra Buruzs: This whole year was an intense roller coast­er. But I would say an entire month which would be April. In the begin­ning I was liv­ing in Brus­sels with CD54, then attend­ed an Eras­mus+ Train­ing course in Yere­van, then I was the main organ­is­er for two events: the con­fer­ence “Edu­ca­tion for the present, Democ­ra­cy for the future” through the Franck Biancheri Award and one week lat­er “Back to Budapest” with the Les Anciens. All this gave me such a huge dose of pos­i­tive ener­gy. Then I fin­ished the month with “Skills for youth!”, an AEGEE-Val­let­ta event.
Which mem­o­rable moments of AEGEE-Europe in gen­er­al in 2017 do you remem­ber most vivid­ly or was out­stand­ing?
I think for both I would say Ago­ra Enschede.
Who was for you the out­stand­ing mem­ber in 2017? Please name up to three.
Zvon­imir Can­ju­ga and Dominic Dimi­an, the twin broth­ers. Not just because they have a huge heart, but for all the work what they have done and being so cool. Loren­zo Lig­as, for his courage and just to be my PR hero all the time. Bernadett Mészáros for all her exten­sive work. Mari­na Klan­jčić for her pos­i­tiv­i­ty and will­ing­ness. Réka Sala­m­on for being that deter­mined. Tiziano Tosat­ti for his courage and help­ful­ness. I know it’s a cliché, but it is so hard to not list up every­one since every­one is a hero in their own way in AEGEE. I would high­light you, Gun­nar, as well to being every­where and ask­ing every year 70 peo­ple to high­light them.
Which was for you the out­stand­ing anten­na in 2017? You can also men­tion up to three.
I would say of course AEGEE-Budapest for all the sup­port they gave for orga­niz­ing the two events and mean­while con­tin­u­ing the usu­al dai­ly rou­tine and SU, and writ­ing and com­plet­ing sev­er­al Eras­mus+ projects. AEGEE-Tyu­men for just being and grow­ing so incred­i­ble and AEGEE-Gen­o­va since the life has to go for­ward.
What was for you the out­stand­ing Euro­pean project, work­ing group or inter­est group in 2017?
The Human Resources Com­mit­tee and their pure­ness and will­ing­ness, the Youth Devel­op­ment Work­ing Group and the Safe Per­son project for sure.
What do you fore­see as high­light or the big top­ic in AEGEE in 2018?
Big top­ic?! Come on, there is always some ran­dom top­ic what will turn into dra­ma. Any­way, I hope also the sus­tain­abil­i­ty of this orga­ni­za­tion will have a high­light since also our biggest project, the Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty, will cel­e­brate its 30th Birth­day and the top­ic of Ago­ra Kraków.
What are your per­son­al AEGEE plans for 2018?
That’s a good ques­tion. I need to breathe a bit, but then I will def­i­nite­ly come back to AEGEE. Let’s see.
How and where will you spend New Year’s night?
Some­how I always get stuck in Budapest for the New Year. But how can I say no? If there are so many good friends, who will be here for our “Win­ter Won­der­land – Mag­ic will find you in BudaPécs” event!

 

Frosso Chavli, Events Quality Assurance Committee, AEGEE-Ioannina

Gold­en Times: What was your per­son­al AEGEE high­light in 2017?
Frosso Chavli: My AEGEE high­light hap­pened dur­ing the last day of our SU, when I got a big hug from my Span­ish ghet­to. It’s the moment you real­ize it is worth to put all your effort in mak­ing an event hap­pen!
Which mem­o­rable moments of AEGEE-Europe in gen­er­al in 2017 do you remem­ber most vivid­ly or was out­stand­ing?
Ago­ra Enschede, even if I couldn’t attend it, but I watched all of it on Inter­net. The most mem­o­rable moment for me was the twin­ning between AEGEE-Ioan­ni­na and AEGEE-Tori­no, I would like to thank all of you that took videos for me. I have plen­ty of them now! And Mari­na Klan­jčić thank­ing her team at the clos­ing cer­e­mo­ny of the EPM Zagreb was also a moment hard to for­get!
Who was for you the out­stand­ing mem­ber in 2017? Please name up to three.
Mar­co Daniele, who keeps sur­pris­ing me. I’ll nev­er under­stand how his mind works. And of course Spy­ros Papadatos, with whom I had a great coop­er­a­tion both in the board and as main organ­is­er of the Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty. On behalf of the last board of AEGEE-Ioan­ni­na I thank him for help­ing us to sur­vive!
Which was for you the out­stand­ing anten­na in 2017? You can also men­tion up to three.
There are no doubts regard­ing this ques­tion. It’s AEGEE-Tori­no. as local of the month, active local of the month, orga­niz­er of a Net­work Meet­ing, the best SU of 2017 and a lot of local events. It would be unfair not to men­tion all locals, who were strug­gling for sur­vival, but made it in the end.
What do you fore­see as high­light or the big top­ic in AEGEE in 2018?
The cel­e­bra­tion of the 30 years of Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty! Can’t wait to hear what is being organ­ised for that!
What are your per­son­al AEGEE plans for 2018?
Last month I became mem­ber of EQAC and I will do my best to make events great again! Unfor­tu­nate­ly I am far away from my local and this makes it hard to con­tribute as much as I want but they can always rely on me!
How and where will you spend New Year’s night?
I will spend my Christ­mas hol­i­days with my fam­i­ly in the Nether­lands. I’ll miss the New Year’s event in Mari­bor though…

 

Jur Remeijn, President of AEGEE-Nijmegen

Gold­en Times: What was your per­son­al AEGEE high­light in 2017?
Becom­ing a board mem­ber in my local has been one big high­light of this year! The entire process of being elect­ed, work­ing togeth­er with the old board on knowl­edge trans­fer and then start­ing all by your­self has been a great expe­ri­ence. Also, a more per­son­al high­light was climb­ing Vitosha Moun­tain in Sofia on a trip with our local. After an hour of hik­ing we got so high that it start­ed snow­ing! Tru­ly mag­i­cal!
Which mem­o­rable moments of AEGEE-Europe in gen­er­al in 2017 do you remem­ber most vivid­ly or was out­stand­ing?
Dur­ing the Ago­ra in Enschede there was this slot with “AEGEE Inspire” sto­ries. The day before, things got quite emo­tion­al dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial debate, but the sto­ries of AEGEE Inspire remind­ed me, and hope­ful­ly also oth­er peo­ple present, that AEGEE is def­i­nite­ly some­thing to be proud of. Stay­ing pos­i­tive and telling our sto­ries and expe­ri­ences helps us to remain focused and moti­vat­ed, so that’s why I loved this moment.
Who was for you the out­stand­ing mem­ber in 2017? Please name up to three.
I want to name two peo­ple here, Daisy Brug­man and Sven­ja van der Tol. Even after her board year, Daisy stays active in our local and also on Euro­pean lev­el. And Sven­ja, who has already been active for quite some years and already has been in the CD, still con­tributes on both the Euro­pean as the local lev­el. More­over, as a board with only three mem­bers and quite a rough start, both of them have been a big sup­port as part of the advi­so­ry board in our local.
Which was for you the out­stand­ing anten­na in 2017? You can also men­tion up to three.
We had an incom­ing exchange and an out­go­ing exchange from and to AEGEE-Bam­berg. Both were exchanges with quite big groups, and it is nice that the anten­na could host such a big group of our mem­bers and orga­nize such an awe­some exchange and also moti­vate their mem­bers to vis­it us with a lot of mem­bers. They have been quite a pres­ence with­in the net­work, and def­i­nite­ly deserve kudos for that.
What was for you the out­stand­ing Euro­pean project, work­ing group or inter­est group in 2017?
As a quite new inter­est group, the Soci­ety and Envi­ron­ment Inter­est Group has cer­tain­ly caught my atten­tion. Envi­ron­men­tal prob­lems are becom­ing more and more impor­tant every day, and are about our very own future on this plan­et. I love that there is room to talk about this with­in AEGEE, and also raise aware­ness among young peo­ple with a project like Europe on Track 5 next year.
What do you fore­see as high­light or the big top­ic in AEGEE in 2018?
I am real­ly look­ing for­ward to Spring Ago­ra Kraków and the dis­cus­sions on how to make AEGEE more the­mat­ic. The­mat­ic projects are key for our organ­i­sa­tion, and recent­ly the dis­cus­sion has come up on chang­ing our focus to do more the­mat­ic stuff. I think this will be essen­tial for AEGEE in 2018!
What are your per­son­al AEGEE plans for 2018?
Most of 2018 will be ded­i­cat­ed to my board term and the tran­si­tion to a new board. I am real­ly look­ing for­ward to the Ago­ra, Net­work Meet­ings, Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ties and all that AEGEE good­ness. From Sep­tem­ber on I can final­ly start study­ing again, but also keep being active with­in AEGEE of course!
How and where will you spend New Year’s night?
With some of my friends at a house par­ty here in Nijmegen!

 

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