An agreement was signed between the Québec International Youth Offices (LOJIQ) and the Assembly of European Regions (AER) on November 26. “Québec is now in direct contact with more than 270 European regions with a view to developing professional internship opportunities and enhancing the international mobility of young people from Québec and various regions of Europe,” said LOJIQ’s secretary general Alfred Pilon at the signing ceremony for the agreement.
Young people from Québec will now have the same privileges that were previously reserved for residents of the AER member regions, including access to the Eurodyssey program, which promotes international professional internships, as well as the Youth Summer School, the Youth Regional Network and the Youth Ambassadors Project.
“These programs and bodies established by the AER are designed to improve young Europeans’ chances of entering the labour market by offering them opportunities to acquire international professional experience and to play an active role in European democratic life,” said AER president Michèle Sabban.
The agreement was signed by Mr. Pilon and Ms. Sabban during the AER’s general assembly, which was held in Belfort, France. Rui Bettencourt, secretary general of the Eurodyssey program, and Christos Sirros, Québec’s delegate general in Brussels, served as honorary witnesses. In addition, the explorer Bernard Voyer, ambassador for the LOJIQ Foundation, discussed his conquest of the South Pole and the world’s seven highest peaks in an address to the approximately 400 AER delegates in attendance. Mr. Voyer originally took part in one of LOJIQ’s programs.
The AER is an interregional cooperation forum and political lobby group working with European institutions representing 270 regions in 33 countries, as well as with 16 interregional organizations. LOJIQ is a one-stop international mobility service for young Quebecers; it includes the France-Québec Youth Office (OFQJ), the Québec-Americas Youth Office (OQAJ), the Québec-Wallonia-Brussels Youth Office (OQWBJ) and the Québec-World Youth Office (OQMJ).
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