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The doors of the European Youth Center opened to welcome the participants of the 25-th Advisory Council on Youth (AC on Youth) meeting that took place from 14th to 16th April 2011 in the heart of business Europe - Strasbourg.

The Council of Europe's training courses are known from their good quality. In March 2011 the Council of Europe organized the Training Course for Facilitators (Involved in non-formal education with young people) in the European Youth Center Budapest. As YEE Main Coordinator I decided to participate in this project because I want to develop skills that I need in my work for YEE and I expected to bring many important information about one of our main partners, the Council of Europe.

Let me share with you some information and my impressions on recently attended event of the European Youth Forum, also known as Youth Forum Jeunesse (YFJ). Accordingly to its self-definition, the European Youth Forum (YFJ) is an independent, democratic, youth-led platform, representing 98 National Youth Councils and International Youth Organisations from across Europe.

The environmental education is a holistic approach which covers the global development of human beings Normal 0 21 to be open for communication, to be creative and unique, to cooperate, to express opinions and, of course, to learn about and understand environmental topics.

The new draft Decision of Council of Ministers on "Batteries, Accumulators and their Wastes" ─ which is supposed to bring Albanian practice into line with the European Union ─ threatens to significantly reduce lead recovery rates from Lead Acid Batteries (LABs) and could increase the risk to public health and the environment.

This year's Earth Day theme was Billion Acts of Green®. The purpose of it was to mobilize one billion acts of environmental service around the world. In collaboration with American Embassy and Tirana Municipality, EDEN center (YEE member organisation) organized (like every year) two events on the occasion of this celebration which is the world's largest-ever environmental service movement. This was the 7th consecutive year that Earth Day was celebrated in Tirana and this year also for the first time in Divjaka-Karavasta National Park.

European project called ‘Schools for Intelligent Energy Use' (SIEU) is just finishing in Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, UK, and Hungary. More than 100 schools from all these countries were involved in the project. The ‘storyline approach' methodology, upon the successful Dutch "Schools for Sustainability" (SfS) programme and also relevant programmes in partner countries, was applied in all schools offering to the students the opportunity to work on real assignments, for real clients, in the field of sustainable energy.

YEE is hosting EVS volunteers since 2001 so many European volunteers had a chance to spend one year in YEE office and learn many new useful skills. The Czech National Agency of the Youth in Action Programme appreciated our EVS project and nominated it for the European Youth Award 2011. That is why we (Adriana and Gosia) were invited for the European Youth Week.

ECO-UNESCO's Young Environmentalist Awards is an awards programme that empowers young people to become better citizens, build awareness of environmental issues and promote simple lifestyle changes to improve the environment. Each year ECO-UNESCO celebrates, recognises and rewards the green achievements of young people taking ECO- Action at the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist awards Showcase & Ceremony.

For the past 4 years, Malta has participated in the YRE (Young Reporters for the Environment) programme Normal 0 21 an international programme run by FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) and represented locally by Nature Trust (Malta).

Between August 2010 and April 2011 YEE implemented the project 'Environmental Audit‘. One of the phases of the project was to prepare local actions. As a part of Environmental Audit action plan of YEE office team, we went to a big festival area to realize an eco-mapping of the place on the 11th of May 2011.