European Students' Union

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European Students' Union
European Students' Union.svg
Institution see member list
Location Rue de l'Industrie 10, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Established 1982
Members 47 (39 Countries)
Affiliations see member list
Executive Committee Elisabeth Gehrke (Sweden), Fernando M Galán Palomares (Spain), Erin Nordal (Norway), Lea Meister (Switzerland), Blazhe Todorovski (Macedonia), Maksimas Milta (Lithuania), Cat O'Driscoll (Ireland), Karolina Pietkiewicz (Poland), Erin Nordal (Norway), Tiago Estêvão Martins (Portugal), Tijana Isoski (Serbia).

The European Students' Union (ESU) is the umbrella organisation of 47 national unions of students from 39 countries and through these members represents over 11 million students. The aim of ESU is to represent and promote the educational, social, economic and cultural interests of students at a European level towards all relevant bodies and in particular those of the European Union, Council of Europe and UNESCO. ESU is representing the voice of the students in Europe by being a consultative member to the Bologna Process. ESU is also a full member of the European Youth Forum (YFJ), the ESU nominee for 2006 was elected as YFJ president.


On 17 October 1982, seven National Unions of Students (NUSes) from The United Kingdom, Sweden, Iceland, France, Denmark, Norway and Austria gathered in Stockholm to create WESIB, the Western European Students Information Bureau. In February 1990, WESIB dropped the "W" to become the European Student Information Bureau following the political upheaval in Europe at the time. In 1992 the name was changed into the National Unions of Students in Europe (ESIB). This reflected the recognition of the changing mission of ESIB from just an information sharing organisation to political organisation that represented the views of students to European institutions. In May 2007 the name changed to European Students' Union (ESU).

Over the years the office of ESU has moved around Europe and was first hosted by the member NUSes. Following the establishment of WESIB in Stockholm the office was based in the SFS Office in Sweden from 1982 until 1985, funded by a grant by the Swedish Government. By 1985 the grant was running low and so NUS UK offered to host WESIB in their London headquarters. In 1988 the office moved to the ÖH offices in Vienna and remained there until 2000, when it was decided that for reasons of being near the European institutions the office should move to Brussels and was hosted by VVS.


The highest structure of ESU is the Board Meeting, bringing together representatives from all the National Unions of Students it represents. The Board Meeting sets the policy direction of the organisation, and elects members to see to run the organisation. There are currently 10 elected members, formed into an executive committee. Further more there are three coordinators and working groups that work on specific higher education topics.



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