The JCI European Know-How Transfer connects representatives from the European Union (EU) - mainly from the European Parliament (EP) and the European Commission (EC) - with young active citizens, members of Junior Chamber International (JCI).
Junior Chamber International (JCI) is a global membership-based nonprofit organization of young active citizens ages 18 to 40, present in about 120 countries worldwide. We are dedicated to creating positive change. Each JCI member shares the belief that in order to create lasting positive change, we must improve ourselves and the world around us. JCI members take ownership of their communities by identifying problems and creating targeted solutions to create impact.
In Europe, JCI has 38 National Organization more than 900 communities with about 25.000 young active citizens. Engaging in activities ranging from sustainable development to international projects, we take responsibility for our communities while improving ourselves through participation, leadership and action.
As global citizens, we all have rights and responsibilities. We have shared local, national and global interests. Active citizenship is the capacity we all have to work together towards our common goals. This spirit links JCI members: the sense of social responsibility and the initiative to take action to benefit society.
JCI members constantly seek ways to live JCI’s slogan, Be Better. JCI members think critically about existing problems to find sustainable solutions for a better future. We not only believe that improvement is possible in our communities and in ourselves, we believe it is our responsibility.
The European Union (EU) is a unique economic and political partnership between 27 (+1) European countries that together cover much of the continent.
The EU is a unique economic and political partnership of 27 (+1) member states that are primarily located in Europe. The EU operates through a system of supranational institutions and intergovernmental negotiated decisions by the member states. The EU was created in the aftermath of the Second World War. The first steps were to foster economic cooperation: the idea being that countries that trade with one another become economically interdependent and so more likely to avoid conflict. The result was the European Economic Community (EEC), created in 1958, and initially increasing economic cooperation between six countries: Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Since then, a huge single market has been created and continues to develop towards its full potential.
From economic to political union
What began as a purely economic union has evolved into an organization spanning policy areas, from development aid to environment. A name change from the EEC to the European Union (EU) in 1993 reflected this.
The EU is based on the rule of law: every action is founded on treaties, voluntarily and democratically agreed by all member countries. These binding agreements set out the EU's goals in its many areas of activity.
The European Commission (EC) is one of the three main institutions of the European Union (EU). It is the executive body of the EU, responsible for proposing new EU legislation, implementing decisions and upholding the interests of the EU as a whole. It manages the day-to-day business of implementing EU policies and spending EU funds.
Directly elected by the citizens of the European Union (EU) every 5 years, the European Parliament (EP) and its members (MEPs) represent the 510 million people in Europe. The EP is one of the EU’s main law-making institutions, along with the Council of the European Union (CoE) and the European Commission (EC).
The EP has three main roles:
1. Debating and passing European laws, together with the European Council and the EC
2. Scrutinizing other EU institutions, particularly the EC, to make sure they are working democratically
3. Debating and adopting the EU's budget together with the Council