What does EÜL do?

Federation of Estonian Student Unions (EÜL) is an umbrella organisation of students whose aim is to represent the educational and socio-economical interests of Estonian students and to protect the rights of students.

Vision

Estonia is a society of educated people characterised by initiative and responsible citizens and where acquiring higher education is a favoured norm.

Mission

To stand up for the educational and socioeconomic rights and interests of students.

Our views

In its activity, the Federation of Estonian Student Unions adheres to the principles of democracy and the rule of law and values the preservation and development thereof. EÜL affirms its belief in the dignity and value of people and the equality of men and women. Higher education is a public good.

  • Main values and views of EÜL

    Federation of Estonian Student Unions (EÜL) is an umbrella organisation of students whose aim is to represent the educational and socio-economical interests of Estonian students and to protect the rights of students. EÜL participates in developing policies that concern students by making proposals and reaching out to the Riigikogu, Government of the Republic, ministries, institutions of higher education and social partners. As such, several political views have been developed during the years of activity that the organisation is guided by in its activity. The multitude of views has caused the need to draw up a summary document that contains the main political views of EÜL.

    In its activity, the Federation of Estonian Student Unions adheres to the principles of democracy and the rule of law and values the preservation and development thereof. EÜL affirms its belief in the dignity and value of people and the equality of men and women. Higher education is a public good. It promotes the economic and social development of the society, embodies cultural legacy and protects the value of statehood and democracy, which is why everyone should have equal rights and the opportunity to acquire them.

  • Political views of EÜL

    EÜL has drawn up a uniform policy document, consolidating all the previous views of EÜL, incl. reviewing and updating them. The document shall remain as the only document containing the political views of EÜL, which is amended and updated by the Supervisory Board of EÜL on an ongoing basis. The document is based on the strategic objectives of EÜL, incl. its mission and vision, as well as the document specifying the main values of EÜL, which is decided over by the General Meeting of EÜL.

    Document specifying the main values of EÜL “Summary document of the political views of EÜL” (adopted on 16 February 2014, amended on 24 September 2016).

    In the autumn of 2016, EÜL drew up a document providing an overview and proposals for the taskforce of funding higher education and research, which explained the current situation of refresher training of the teaching staff and proposed solutions for improving the quality of teaching in Estonia. The document represents EÜL’s vision of refresher training of the teaching staff and the development of teaching skills in Estonia.

History

EÜL was founded on November 23, 1991 by nine Student Unions.

Since 1993, EÜL has issued ISIC Student International Student Card.

Since September 1999, as a first country in the world, ISIC Student Maestro card was launched in Estonia, which combines the ISIC card and the international Maestro debit card.

Management

The highest decision-making body of EÜL is a general meeting that gathers 4-6 times a year, where member student bodies are represented according to the number of students in their school. The members of the general meeting are selected by each student union usually every spring.

The General Meeting is competent to amend the statutes and objectives of the Union, including the strategy, adoption of rules of procedure, admission and expulsion of members, approval of the budget, election of the executive board, approval of the action plan, election of the council, election of members of the supervisory committee, approval of the annual report, formation of committees and other statutory powers which is not delegated to the board or other collections.

The EÜL’s political positions are adopted by a 9-member council elected by the general meeting. The EÜL’s day-to-day work is chaired by a two-member board, which elections are held in every two years. The Executive Board shall be elected by the General Meeting.

In its activities, EÜL follows ethical principles of non-governmental organizations.