This section on the website of EKO provides you with some background information on the themes and topics of our projects and those projects that we participate in. All articles are developed in coordination with the whole team, but written by members of EKOyouth, which consist of young people, students, interns and volunteers.

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While Europe is facing a major health crisis with a wider social impact, the European Union is falling short in having a truly shared strategy.  Although the continent of Europe has essentially become the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic, countermeasures were primarily enforced at a national level, with minimal coordination among EU-member states. Will European Solidarity pass the coronavirus crash-test?

Author: Stelios Arvanitidis (Graduate of Political Science, political analyst, Correspondent at the Observatory of International and European Affairs of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and member of EKO’s youth team)


In the face of an unabated growth of global resource consumption, and the consequent environmental degradation and climate change effects, the shift to a circular economy is considered as an urgent need, if we want to ensure a viable future for humans on this planet. Education is our most effective tool when it comes to shaping our future, hence, we must prioritize the readjustment of our current education model, into a system that can nurture young people who are aware of the sustainability challenges that our world faces and who are equipped with ideas, values, attitudes and skills on how to tackle them.

Author: Elisavet Vasileiou (Graduate of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, youth worker and project manager in EKO)


In the historical past, there was no such concept as human rights. Throughout most of history, people acquired rights and responsibilities through their belonging in a group – a family, a caste, a religion, a community, or state. In the wake of World War II, though, the idea of human rights emerged stronger and resulted finally in the document called the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): a milestone document proclaiming the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

Authors: Gaia Sormani & Rosaria Orsitto (EKO’s  European Solidarity Corps volunteers from Italy, who work for the promotion of  youth empowerment and social inclusion, by organizing activities and events)


“Whenever I see a problem, I start a business”.

Social Entrepreneurship is part of the third sector of the economy, the Social Economy that lies between the private and public economic sectors. Social Entrepreneurship has become known over the last decade in Europe and globally, and through its ever-growing implementation for sustainable innovative businesses. Social and Solidarity Economy is defined all the economic activities that are based on an alternative form of organization production, distribution, consumption and reinvestment, based on the principles of democracy, the equality, solidarity, cooperation, as well as respect for people and the environment.

Author: Georgia Gkouva (As a graduate of Political Science & History and political analyst, during her co-operation with EKO, she developed her knowledge and experience on the concept of Circular Economy, Social Entrepreneurship and other projects)

Circular Economy – Cycladic Islands in Transition

In recent years a particular geographical place in Greece, has demonstrated its potential on the Circular Economy with great success. The Cyclades, an island complex in the Aegean Sea, have many examples about the practices of Circular Economy. Some of these are worth mentioning!

Author: Georgia Gkouva (As a graduate of Political Science & History and political analyst, during her co-operation with EKO, she developed her knowledge and experience on the concept of Circular Economy and other projects)

What are and where do Human Rights come from?

After the Second World War in 1945 and the atrocities that took place, the United Nations decided that it was time to create a series of rights recognising the inalienable dignity of human beings. Free of discrimination, inequality or distinctions of any kind, human dignity from that point onwards are promoted as universal, equal and inalienable.

But the history of Human Rights is much older…

Author: Eva Felix (As an Erasmus+ Intern for EKO, she gained extensive insights in the activities & the promoted objectives and believes of EKO, i.e. life-long learning, non-formal education, intercultural dialogue & exchange, Human Rights and the SDGs)