What is an AGORA?
Would you like to decide on the future of AEGEE on European level together with more than 800 AEGEEans? Would you like to learn how a great organisation with more than 13000 members makes decisions? Would you even like to become active on European level?
Then you should definitely come to the next Agora!
General information about the Agora
In ancient Greek the Agora ("ἀγορά") was the main gathering point. All important aspects of Greek life were determined there. Thereby, the ancient Agora became the place of birth of democracy.
The Agora gathers members of all AEGEE-antennas. Together we decide about the future of AEGEE. It's the biggest event of our network and because of this the perfect opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones. The Agora is hosted by an antenna and organized in cooperation with AEGEE-Europe twice a year.
Purpose of the Agora
At the Agora members and partners of AEGEE gather to discuss about and vote upon topics that are currently important to the network.
Every European body (for example CD, SUCT) has to hand in an activity report about the last six months (since the last Agora).
The treasurer of the Comité Directeur has to submit a financial report about the last six months. The main assembly must vote on this report.
The CIA (for "Corpus Iuridicum AEGEEense") is like a constitution for AEGEE. It contains all important informations and the statutes. If one wants to change the rules by which AEGEE works it is usually necessary to hand in a proposal to change the CIA. The proposals are discussed in committees (Prytania) and then voted upon in the plenary of the Agora. The Agora also discusses and votes upon policies and positions of AEGEE Europe.
All important positions of AEGEE-Europe will be announced and elected:
- Comite Directeur
- Audit Comission
- Network Comission
- Juridical Comission
- Mediation Comission
- Working Group Coordinatos
- Chair Team
- Summer University Coordination Team
Authorities at the Agora
To ensure a smooth procedure for such big event, different authorities have different tasks to do. Here are the most important ones.
The Chair team consists of the Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson (both are elected every autumn for two Agorae) as well as the Secretary and the IT-responsible (those are appointed).
The local organizers are the hosts of the Agora. They take care of the logistics (accomodation, food, party, transport and so on). Also they organize thematic activities connected to the topic of the Agora.
The Juridical Commission supports the Chair Team and everybody else at the Agora in terms of legal questions. They have supervision of every election and sit next to the Chair Team, but are not a part of it to guarantee independence.
The Comité Directeur (CD) is the board of AEGEE-Europe. They live and work fulltime for AEGEE in Brussels. They are responsible for all partnerships and new initiatives. They have to report about their progress regularly and probably will be on stage a lot.
Of course you will also find enough time to find new friends from all over Europe at the Agora. On all AEGEE events the factor fun and culture exchange doesn't come up short. We won't skip the classical European Night and some very good parties.
You can meet up with all committees, commissions, Interest Groups or AEGEE Project Groups. The timetable will be announced by the Chair Team at the Agora.
Your Network Commissioner is responsible for a good communication between the local antennas and AEGEE-Europe. Most of the time, you get to know your Netcomi only via Skype Meetings or emails. The Agora is the perfect opportunity to meet each other in person. The timetables will be published by the Chair Team at the Agora.
A fair at which European bodies and antennas have the chance to present themselves and their activities. Furthermore you can meet external partners and sponsors and buy merchandise. The timeslots will be announced by the Chairteam.
Of course - like on every AEGEE event - you won't miss a lot of fun, networking and adventures. Look forward to the typical European Night with delights from all around Europe (selfmade and brought directly from each country). Also, legendary party nights are waiting for you with absolutely awesome people!
Participate at the Agora
Every member of AEGEE can visit an Agora. The application is done via the Online Membership System (OMS) of our organization. There are different options of how to participate in the Agora.
As a delegate you are the official representative of an antenna. He (or she of course) has the right and obligation to take part in all plenary meetings of the Agora. Also he has to participate in committees (Prytania) about certain topics.
AEGEE Mannheim supports its delegates financially. The costs for participation and travel are partly refunded.
As a visitor you have no obligations at the Agora, but also no voting rights. You can decide freely in which event you want to participate. Additionally to the Delegate meetings there are many different interesting progress meetings and workshops. Also you have a little bit more time to sleep and explore the surrounding area.
The Envoy represents a European body of AEGEE (for example Working Group, CD). You will probably speak a lot on stage to present the current progress of your body to the Agora. Envoys also don't have voting rights.