JEF Belgium General Assembly 2023

Dear JEFers, dear friends 💚

Join us on Thursday, January 26 to close the year and elect the new Board for 2023  👀  Fill out the form to attend the General Assembly ➡️  https://forms.gle/RB63Fb3t7hWVKT1PA
 
Would you like to join the the team? 😃 ➡️ https://forms.gle/TbyeeX7nx8VqQuLp7

You can run for the following positions:
👑 President
👀 Secretary General
💰 Treasurer
📱 Communication Officer
🖊️ Policy Officer
🌍 International Officer
🗣️ Executive Board Member ➡️ JEF is what you make of it! So whatever your aspirations, interests and talents may be, come as you are, create your own tailor-made position, and join us to the make the best of it!
 
👉 Come to our info session on 12 January to meet us, learn more about the different positions and what they entail, ask all your questions, etc.
 
‼️ To have the right to vote and/or apply for a position in the Board, your membership must be in order. Since the membership lasts for one year, you must renew if it has been more than one year since you last paid. Please pay your membership fee (20€) for 2023 at the following link: https://forms.gle/PGSM8L2Cdq7fUwKq9
 
❓ If you experience any issue with the payment or if you are not sure anymore if your membership is valid for the date of the General Assembly, don’t hesitate to contact our treasurer Loïc Perrin at treasurer(at)jefbelgium.eu
 
See you soon!
Federalist hugs

 
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Position paper – Free trade for the future?

8 January, by the JEF Belgium Federal Committee

What do you associate trade agreements with? Perhaps you think of big business and industry, untransparent procedures, or complex clauses that no average human can understand. True, there are issues with these topics. But do you think of “youth” when you think of “trade”? Maybe not.

Perhaps you heard about EU trade agreements with Mercosur, TTIP, or CETA, despite the fact that there are many more. The EU-Mercosur agreement has been under extreme scrutiny since 2019, when deforestation fires in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil made headlines and French President Emmanuel Macron called for rejection of the agreement. The concerns – which still persist today – are broad, from social impact on indigenous communities to trade in climate-unfriendly products like cars, or European farmers that are concerned by competition with cheaper beef from the Mercosur area.

Although social and environmental critiques have reached the heart of the debate, the dimension of youth, despite the perspective of climate justice, has been widely overlooked. To be fair, the youth dimension is generally overlooked in trade agreements.

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