The 42nd OBESSU General Assembly took place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on the 11th and 12th of August. As the highest decision-making body of the platform, the General Assembly gathered around 40 delegates representing almost every OBESSU Member, Candidate and Affiliate Organisation.

It is during this event that delegates from all over Europe decide upon the work of OBESSU, as well as they propose changes to the OBESSU main documents, such as the Statutes, Political Platform, Workplan and Development Strategy.    

One of the highlights of the meeting was the Board and Monitoring Committee elections. The membership elected three new Board members with a mandate of two years. Ferre Windey (VSK), Larissa Nenning (AKS) and Lasse Sjøbeck Jørgensen (DGS), who will join the current Board members Laufey María and Rūta in the important task of leading and representing the platform. Regarding the new Monitoring Committee, it is now composed by Brendan Power (former Board member), Maria Rodriguez (CANAE) and Nicholas Kujala (FSS). Congratulations to all of you! A special thanks to all the other candidates for their professionalism and enthusiasm.

On the first day of the General Assembly, the Board, supported by a comprehensive report, presented the work of the platform over the last two years, focusing on the most important events, campaigns, political representations OBESSU has been invited to, underlining results and achievements but also the areas that need to be improved.

In order to shape and improve the structure, the views and the strategy of the platform, representatives discussed and voted upon several proposals and amendments to the OBESSU main documents. Delegates also had the opportunity to debate and adopt three policy papers, one on the Paris Declaration, another one on the ICT Education and finally one on the Student Welfare. These policy papers have been adopted by the General Assembly, which means that from now on they can be used by OBESSU members to advocate and lobby towards decision-makers on these specific topics.

Another important point on the agenda was the vote of trust to the new Secretary General. The General assembly approved unanimously the Board’s decision to have Ela Jakubek to coordinate the work of the Secretariat for two years.

An additional highlight of the meeting was the presentation of the new long-term project #RefugeesWelcome to School funded by the Open Society Foundations. In the framework of this project, OBESSU will provide small grants to grass-roots groups of school students, aiming to foster the educational integration of refugee students and migrants.

We take this opportunity to thank all the representatives who took part in the General Assembly for the very productive discussions and high-quality debates. Furthermore, a big thank you goes to former “Boardies” Brendan, Giuseppina and Oona for the hard work and commitment during the last two years, and to Monitoring Committee members Nora and Sasa for your professionalism and dedication.

Check out the pictures of the event on our Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #obessuGA16!