Office Cuisine is a YEE Secretariat initiative which promotes a sustainable lifestyle and eating habits among young people. We aim to raise awareness on environmental, health and food issues by publishing articles on these topics. At the same time we try to be a source of ideas with recipes from our office and seasonal recipe competitions.

We entered the last quarter of the year. Following the course of seasons it is time to open the Autumn vegetarian recipe competition!

1st of October is a day when eating meat should not be an option - World Vegetarian Day. It is a day which celebrates vegetarianism as a lifestyle and strives to raise awareness on all the benefits such a lifestyle has to offer.

Established in 1977 by the North American Vegetarian Society it soon gained worldwide recognition by the International Vegetarian Union.

World vegetarian day is not limited to one day though. It also marks the beginning of Vegetarian Awareness Month; a month which reaches its peak with World Vegan Day on November 1st.

The European Citizens Initiative striving for soil protection was launched on the 22nd of September in Turin, Italy.

Soils are facing numerous threats, from erosion and loss of organic matter to urbanisation and contamination, to name just a few. Degraded soils result in negative impacts on human health, food security, biodiversity and climate - and all summed up on our economy as well.

1 AM 2016Once per year Member Organisations, YEE secretariat and Executive Board members all gather in one place for the Annual Meeting of YEE. The event does not only offer an overview on the network's past activities, but also sets goals for its short and long term future work.

This year's meeting took place from 30th August to 1st September, in the same venue as last year, ecological center Toulcuv Dvur in Prague, Czech Republic. 31 delegates participated in a varied programme comprised of presentations, discussions and votings.

Diana newsHello, my name is Diana, I am a newcomer EVS volunteer from Russia. Some time ago I got interested in voluntary work. In a school and university I got some experience in volunteering, and now I decided to devote the entire year to this kind of work. I believe that volunteering gives an opportunity to discover your abilities, to discover yourself.