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"Our mission is to assist in the reformation of Ukraine consistent with European standards, as well as to introduce democratic values and develop civil society in Ukraine."

From the Statute of
the Center for European Initiatives

What are Euroclubs?

Beginning in the mid 1970s Euroclubs have been forming all over Europe, in many countries and different regions. They are a generally accepted form of youth integration for:

  • Non-formal education and leisure activities;
  • Dispersing information;
  • Promoting European and human values;
  • Developing contacts between youth from different countries.

Beginning in the mid 1990s Euroclubs spread first in Russia, and then into Ukraine and Belarus. In Ukraine, the first Euroclubs started in Kyiv and Zhytomir (the Zhytomir Euroclub is the oldest functioning Euroclub in Ukraine) and then into other cities.

Euroclubs can be established at any educational institution (school, university, college, etc.), at existing NGOs, or as an independent nonprofit organization or initiative group. Currently the most active Euroclubs are school Euroclubs doing extracurricular work in the field of European education.

Euroclubs based in institutions of higher education can be created by either teachers or students. Having a teacher?s active participation is desirable but not compulsory as students are able to organize their work by themselves. An example of a Euroclub based in an NGO is Sumy?s first Euroclub created by Sumy Center for European Information, which has now grown into the Sumy Regional Network of Euroclubs.

Primary Functions of Euroclubs:

  • Regular club meetings: Members can meet once a week, for example, in a set location for studying, solving personal issues, planning events;
  • Project activity: Euroclubs can initiate and complete different projects, in many spheres, involving the local community. e.g., seminars, trainings, competitions, Days of Europe celebration, and others;
  • Communication, exchanges, and visits: participating in club activities will provide participants an opportunity to communicate and organize exchanges with youth from other cities and countries, and to take part in all-Ukrainian and international events in European education.