The European Students’ Union is a membership organisation of national unions of students in Europe. It has 47 members from 39 different countries. Through its members, ESU represents over 20 million students in Europe. Its headquarters are in Brussels. The overall aim of ESU is to represent and promote the educational, social, economic and cultural interests of students at a European level, By working with ESU, USI is able to contribute to debate and influence the European Union, the Bologna Follow Up group(BFuG), the Council of Europe and UNESCO. ESU is also a member of the European Youth Forum. ESU have a vision of equal educational and social opportunities in an open and democratic Europe where students work together to shape a sustainable future. This vision accords with USI’s own views around international co-operation.
USI’s membership of ESU is facilitated through the Vice President for Academic Affairs and one other member of the Executive Team every year. Together, they form USI’s International Affairs team.
USI attends four events every year, and delegations are normally made of the relevant Executive Team and officers from USI’s Membership Organisations. Officers who are interested in attending an ESU event must submit an application, which is reviewed by members of the Vice President for Academic Affairs’ Advisory Committee. Two to three members are normally selected to attend each event.
The ESU events are as follows:
A non-voting discussion forum that through debates and workshops and speakers allows members to exchange good practice and develop their own thinking around policies. These are ordinarily hosted in September and May by various member national unions.
The BM is the highest decision-making body, representatives from each member national union are equally responsible for oversight of ESU and making sure it thrives. USI has two votes at these meetings and is ordinarily represented by two members of the USI Executive Team, and two members of National Council.
The Board has the power to take:
- Decisions about plans of action, policies and resolutions. (This is achieved through scheduled debates)
- Decisions about the budget. (This is a standing item each BM)
- All decisions concerning changes to the statutes. (There is a standing item at each BM)
- The decision to disband the organisation.
- All decisions concerning the election and discharging of the EC.(The election BM takes place spring/summer)
- Approve or disapprove the work of the EC. (Each BM will receive collective and individual reports)
- Decisions concerning membership status.
- Grant the status of an associate organisation.
- All decisions concerning the election and discharging elect the members of the Commission for Internal Auditing
- Decisions to create, mandate and disband Working Groups.
- Take decisions to elect the chair of each Working Group
- The Decision on the election the host organisation of Board Meetings
The BM will also deal with all other matters that the members of the Board decide is competent, provided these matters are not against the Statutes or Standing Orders. These ordinarily take place in November/December and May of each year.
You can view USI reports from previous ESU events below:
You can view more on ESU by visiting their website here.