OBESSU has a European secretariat in the European District in Brussels, Belgium in a nice building called Mundo J, where we are housed together with several other organisations active in the youth sector. Examples of other organisations are the European Students’ Union (ESU), the European Youth Forum (YFJ) and the Lifelong Learning Platform (LLLP).
The Secretariat is the co-ordination and information centre of the organisation. From the OBESSU Secretariat a big part of the preparatory work of the different projects is done as well as OBESSUs continuous lobbying work towards the European institutions. The work of Secretariat is lead by the Secretary General.
As a Secretary General she is the link between the Board and the Secretariat. She coordinates the work of the Secretariat and supports the Board, as well as the Working Groups and other OBESSU structures. Her tasks also include strategic and financial management of the organisation and overall coordination of daily OBESSU functioning. Giuseppina speaks English, Italian, French and German.
As a Policy and Communications Manager, Samira develops, implements and evaluates the policy and advocacy strategy of the platform, in collaboration with the Board and the Project and Policy Officer. She also coordinates the external communications of the organisation, designs, runs and assesses campaigns and other communication actions. Samira speaks English, French and Spanish.
As a coordinator of the Stronger School Student Unions, she oversees all activities of the project. Her role is to plan and implement activities such as peer learning activities, webinars or field visits. Moreover, Daša is also a membership officer: she is responsible for working with OBESSU’s existing membership, which is also the target group of SSSU, and she is in charge of developing the platform. Daša speaks English and Slovak.
deals with membership development.
With his long experience in the sector, he is in charge of managing OBESSU's financial accounting, producing accurate financial reports and keeping abreast of changes in financial regulations and legislation. He also advises the Board and the Secretary General on OBESSU's events from a financial point of view.
As an office administrative, Rute provides support to projects and day-to-day office activities in a range of tasks in the administrative and financial domain. Rute speaks Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.