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United EU, a project by Thomas More

To be honest, writing about the importance of the next election in the European Parliament is really tough.

Even though I have always been interested in politics, if you do not do research on your own, you might not know a lot about EU-politics. For me the next elections are going to be quite important in the sense of which parties will allow what kind of national policy.

In theory the word “Öxit” used to exist but has not been used since at least two years. Austria knows it would be nothing without the EU and since this knowledge arrived in peoples heads, even the right wing party FPÖ stopped using this topic for their populism.

Since Madeira is what it is nowadays only due to EU-money, I can not really give a opinion, rich countries payed, Madeira received. In theory one of the main goals for the EU, but since all this scandals around Mr. Jardim occurred, a bit doubtful.

The biggest challenge Europa has to face in the near future is probably gonna be the steady movement to the right in peoples heads, I think if europa wants to keep up it’s relevancy, we have to grow closer.

When it first came up, I thought the Brexit was going to be a threat for the European project, but since the Brexit turned out to be more of a disaster by now, I think countries are more likely to be afraid to leave the EU than before.

Actually the motto ‘United in diversity´ seems to work out pretty good if you visit Vienna or even Salzburg. But that’s a common thing, to accept diversity better in cities. If you would visit the Bregenzerwald, which is a conservative, traditional part of Austria, diversity is not as accepted as in Vienna.

I would like to see a united Europe, maybe in the concept of the United States of America but with more economy wise than literally one big Country. Name it United States of Europe, but keeping up the different languages and traditions are important in my opinion. But is such a project possible or would it need to be called Utopia, written by Thomas More?

Text written in February 2019.

Short bio of the volunteer:

My name is Raphael Johler and I am from a small country. I lived in Austria my whole life with my family and I also went to high school in Egg which actually is a place, not a thing to eat… Right now I am doing my EVS (European Volunteer Service) in Funchal, Portugal. My biggest passion, of course, is skiing. In Winter I usually work as a ski instructor in a local Ski resort located in the Bregenzerwald.


Erasmus+ is a programme of the European Commission embracing the fields of education, training, youth and sports during the period 2014-2020. One of the major aspects is the cooperation between the different fields where the programme acts, hence contributing for a diverse and rich Europe.

Amongst the several goals of the programme, the following are prioritised: the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the headline education target; the aims of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), including the corresponding benchmarks; the sustainable development of Partner Countries in the field of higher education; the overall goals of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018); the objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the EU work plan for sport and the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union.

In order to achieve these goals, the Erasmus+ has several action policies. The Key Action 1 (KA1) is directed towards the mobility of people; Key Action 2 (KA2) for the cooperation for innovation and the interchange of good experiences; and Key Action 3 (KA3) which is for the support of reformation policies.

European Voluntary Service

Since 1991 the University of Madeira Students’ Union has developed a wide incentive policy for voluntary work. In 2013 the Students’ Union started the process to receive, send and coordinate Erasmus+ projects of the European Voluntary Service, in order to have a larger influence in the volunteering field. The Union received its first volunteer withing the ambit of a KA1 project in 2014. Many efforts have been done to allow young people from Madeira to take part in several initiatives in Europe, as well as propose several projects allowing young people from several countries to work in the projects of the Students’ Union of the University of Madeira. The main goal of the voluntary work is the contribution of the volunteers to the communities and places they will be staying, being their work not rewarded with payment.

We believe that the European Voluntary Service is a mechanism full of experiences, allowing the approved candidates to have the privilege of taking part in these projects and benefit the places and communities where these volunteers will be staying.

Since 2013, the University of Madeira Students’ Union has received volunteers that have collaborated in several activities and initiatives. Besides being able to enjoy a wonderful experience which will contribute to their personal and professional growth, they are able to contribute in a unique way to the community in which they are inserted and to join dozens of volunteers from the University of Madeira.