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logo_csuOBESSU would like to introduce our new Candidate organisation Česká středoškolská unie (CSU) from Czech Republic!

We asked CSU to answer a few questions to give everyone a picture of what they are doing and what CSU is.

Tell us a bit about CSU

Česká středoškolská unie (CSU) is the only organisation representing school students in the Czech Republic. At the beginning there was an idea to improve education and to stand for rights of school students and make them stronger than ever. We have to admit that we’ve been lucky with the expert community which welcomed us warmly and have always supported us, still today. So are we successful after all? We are doing very well and we keep going on. We are also glad that the Minister of Education met us and listened to our views on the education as well as a lot of Czech politics. So during the year that the CSU has been working we’ve achieved the attention of local authorities, expert community and politicians, all lending an ear to our opinions. Now we are on the international path. We are very happy to be a part of an organisation such as OBESSU. It’s a big honor and we believe that cooperation will be beneficial for both sides. I personally think CSU has a great potential to be an organisation working for a future and better education in the Czech Republic and abroad.

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The Estonian School Student Councils’ Union welcomes a new board

The new board of ESCUThe XXX General Assembly of Estonian School Student Councils’ Union (ESCU) took place April 4-6 2014 at Rakvere High School, Estonia. On the third day of the General Assembly, the new board was elected.

The General Assembly took place at Rakvere High School and included the elections for the new board for the biggest youth organisation in Estonia. The board candidates had to take part in a debate, a panel and different discussions. The General Assembly elected Lele Luup as the chairman of the board, and Margit Kajak and Vivian Lepa were chosen to be the two vice-chairmen for the following year.

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ESU, EI and ETUCE concerned about education in the proposed EU-US free trade deal

ESU logoStudents, teachers and trade unions have expressed their concerns on the EU-US free trade deal, TTIP, which is on the negotiation table at the moment. European Students’ Union (ESU), Education International (EI) and European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) are all organisations with whom OBESSU work in the field of education in Europe.

“Given the broad scope and high level of ambition of the TTIP, we are worried about how the deal could negatively affect education,” says Maroš Korman, member of the Executive Committee of European Students Union (ESU), in an article on the ESU website. “Without effective protections and exemptions from the rules of the TTIP, the education sector could be exposed to increased pressures of commercialisation and privatisation.”

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