MIJARC Europe (Mouvement International de la Jeunesse Agricole et Rurale Catholique, or International Movement of Catholic Agricultural and Rural Youth) is the European continental branch of MIJARC. It is the platform or umbrella organization, representing the catholic, agricultural and rural youth movements in Europe. It has member movements and contact movements in Portugal (JARC), Spain (MJRC and JARC Catalonia), France (MRJC), Belgium (KLJ), Germany (KLJB), Hungary (KIM), Austria (KJÖ), Poland (EiR), Bulgaria (YMDRAB), Armenia (FYCA), Georgia (Umbrella), Italy (Futuro Digitale), Malta (Innovative Youth), the Netherlands (Stichting Euromove), Slovakia (ADEL) and Romania (APSD-Agenda 21), representing around 150 000 rural young people aged from 12 to 35 years old. At world level, MIJARC represents more than two million young people from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe.
|Purpose||Umbrella organization of international youth organizations|
|Number of members||more than 170,000 members|
|Vice Presidents||Adeline Zhiyanski, Enya Putignano|
|Legal Representative||Sara Neagu|
Officially registered in 1996 as non-profit organization, based in Belgium, MIJARC Europe strives to implement and raise awareness about sustainable agricultural, rural and international development, European citizenship, youth policies, gender equality, environmental protection, interculturality and human rights, by facilitating inter-cultural exchanges, camps, seminars, campaigns and non-formal learning opportunities in a sustainable and culturally sensitive manner, considering the Christian values.
MIJARC Europe is member of the European Youth Forum (YFJ) and the European Coordination La Via Campesina (ECVC) and has a participatory status in the Council of Europe, with a representative in the Advisory Council on Youth.
MIJARC Europe member movements have a "bottom-up" structure, starting at the grassroots level. Rural young people gather in local groups. Their leaders gather in regional (diocesan) boards and some regional representatives gather at the national level (national board).
MIJARC Europe itself is run by the Executive Board or European Team, composed of three to five elected representatives that can be proposed by member movements.
The European Team is observed by the European Coordination which is composed by one elected representative from each member movement, called European coordinator.
At the top of decision-making is the General Assembly which is represented by each member movement. Every four years there is an "Orientations General Assembly" which prepares and decides the action plan of MIJARC Europe for the next four years. The next one is scheduled for 2021.
MIJARC Europe's Action Plan for 2017-2021 includes specific objectives on the topics of:
The board consists of five members and is elected for a mandate of three years at the General Assembly. The board members act on the same hierarchical level.
|Name||Position||Nationality||Member Organisation||Member of the Board since|
|Enya Putignano||Vice-President||Malta||Innovative Youth||2021|
|Sara Neagu||Legal Representative||Romania||Agenda 21||2019|