The EST was founded based on the belief that students can meaningfully contribute to the EU policy debate, and we have found this to be true. In order to do so, we hope to provide students with a solid framework and as many opportunities for input as possible. This requires hard work, but it is also very gratifying. Our efforts have been recognized by the Dutch government, who awarded the EST the Charlemagne Youth Prize in 2011. The organization was also nominated for the European Charlemagne Prize.
The EST Board has an equal policy representation for members of our organization, with 50% women and 50% men in our Board and International Office. The EST Board of 2016 has committed to the progressive implementation of equality quotas in our organization beginning September 5th 2016, and committing to achieve a 50/50 representation by the first day of 2017.
If you are excited about influencing and improving EU policy and want to be an active member of Europe’s civil society, please consider the following ways in which you could contribute:
‘Becoming EST Ambassador was a great decision and has allowed me to enjoy one of the most pleasant and enriching experiences of my extracurricular life.’ – Raluca Idor, EST Ambassador to Romania, about her experience with the EST. Read more here.