There are few moments during the year as exciting for OBESSU as meetings where all the Member, Candidate and Affiliate Organisations are gathering to jointly work on the development of the network. This was what happened during the past week (26-27 of November) in Dublin – Ireland where our Council of Members (COMEM) took place. With great hosting from our Irish Member Organisation, the Irish Secondary Students’ Union (ISSU), twenty two organisations have been debating changes in OBESSU Political Platform and other policy documents, adopted a new Recommendations on the relation between Education and the labour market, as well as fed into the currently ongoing process of building OBESSU Work Plan for 2018-2020.

One of the highlights of this year’s COMEM was an official launch of the long awaited Member Organisations’ Forum (MOs Forum): an online platform that will allow strengthening internal communication in our network. After months of planning and research work by a Working Group, countless hours spent by our Membership and Communications Officer Giorgio to establish the best possible structure, and weeks of testing the Forum by the Board and the Secretariat, the delegates saw the final result on Sunday. The Board prepared an informative and entertaining presentation (get an idea on Instagram!), where they have been live-feeding the MOs Forum with chats, comments, documents, to-do tasks and scheduled events… From now on, all these tools are put in disposition of International Officers of our network. To keep the Forum buzzing and alive with quality content is now up to them!

The weekend could not be complete without immersing ourselves in a bit of Irish culture. Sunday evening with live Irish music and some group dances, organised by ISSU, was a perfect closing of this year’s COMEM – thanks to our great hosts!

If you are curious about COMEM and developments in OBESSU, do not hesitate to contact our Board: board@obessu.org

All the political documents amended at the COMEM together with the Minutes of the meeting will be soon available on our website.

Check out all the pictures of the #COMEM16 on our Facebook page!

Statutory meetings of OBESSU are supported by the European Commission.