The composition as well as the purpose of the European Development Council (EDC) board is well described in the EDC Guidelines, however we feel the need to share some real-life experience from working within the European Development Council.
We believe that he JCI European Development Council is the guardian of the present to ensure a future existence of JCI in Europe.
The theme chosen by the 2017 JCI EDC Chairperson Annalisa Schembri from JCI Malta, for this year is Set sail and venture forth to make things happen. This is because EDC is the body that engineers growth and development, while holding the tools that can help our members to start a journey, sail smoother and venture towards wider paths, to grasp better opportunities to get to destination.
Read the candidate plan of action for 2017 that was voted on at the 2016 JCI World Congress in Quebec.
The aim of the EDC (JCI European Development Council) is described in Article 1.4 of the guidelines:
The JCI EDC can actively seek to establish a JCI presence in European countries without National Organisation representation in cooperation with the JCI Membership Growth & Development Director.
In cooperation with the JCI Executive Vice President assigned to Area Europe or the JCI Membership Growth & Development Director for Europe, the JCI EDC can coordinate with JCI Vice Presidents about necessary support to and actions in National Organisations with
potential or provisional affiliation.
In cooperation with the Executive Vice President assigned to Europe or the Growth & Development Director for Europe, the JCI EDC can assist JCI Vice Presidents active in existing NOMs with growth and development issues.
In cooperation with the Executive Vice President assigned to Europe or the Growth & Development Director for Europe, the JCI EDC focuses on development programs for National Organisations in Europe.
The main tools available to the EDC are: the Plan of Action, the development grants, communication as well as the board members experience.