Final­ly there is a host for spring Ago­ra 2019: today it was revealed the event will be organ­ised by AEGEE-Bucuresti in May next year! The Gold­en Times just spoke with the main coor­di­na­tor of the statu­to­ry event, Ște­fa­nia Ciu­raru, who was Pres­i­dent of the anten­na from 2014 to 2016 and who is cur­rent­ly Trea­sur­er of AEGEE-Bucuresti.

GT: Hi Ste­fi! Con­grat­u­la­tions for host­ing the spring Ago­ra 2019! Do you have a sec­ond to com­ment on it?
Ște­fa­nia Ciu­raru: Of course!

GT: How do you feel about host­ing the Ago­ra?
Ște­fa­nia (smil­ing): As you can imag­ine, we can’t believe yet that we are doing this!

GT: When did you start plan­ning the Spring Ago­ra?
Ște­fa­nia: That it so hard to say. Before Ago­ra Chisin­au we were dis­cussing about it back in 2016, but we nev­er had the courage to apply.

GT: So what changed now? The open call?
Ște­fa­nia: Yes, it’s now or nev­er! We also think that hold­ing the pres­i­den­cy of the EU Coun­cil next year is a big oppor­tu­ni­ty for host­ing the Ago­ra. Also the polit­i­cal protests in our coun­try played a big role in our moti­va­tion.

GT: In what way? How did that moti­vate you?
Ște­fa­nia: Have the courage to speak and to fight for our rights, but more than that in pro­mot­ing an active role that we as young peo­ple should have.

Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty in Bucharest in 2017

GT: How did you man­age to get an appli­ca­tion togeth­er so fast?
Ste­fa­nia: We tried to apply in the past, so we kind of knew what places we have avail­able in town, which are the part­ners.

GT: Nice! What’s the date of the spring Ago­ra?
Ste­fa­nia: For now the date is 8–12 May 2019. I took into con­sid­er­a­tion all the hol­i­days that pupils and stu­dents have here and the Catholic and ortho­dox East­er. The Euro­pean Sum­mit will also take place in the peri­od of time, so maybe the date will suf­fer changes. Hope­ful­ly not.

GT: Are you afraid of the chal­lenge?
Ste­fa­nia: I do have a lot of respect. But I sup­pose that’s good.

AEGEE-Bucuresti organ­ised an Ago­ra already in 2003, but it took place in Con­stan­ta.