New Board for Friends of JEF

On 27 October 2019, Friends of JEF held its General Assembly and elected a new Board for a mandate of two years:

  • President: Pauline Gessant (President JEF-Europe 2011-15)
  • Vice-Presidents: Christopher Glück (President JEF-Europe 2015-2019) and Sven Bisang (FC Presidium 2011-15)
  • Board Members: Till Burckhardt (Treasurer JEF-Europe 2007-11), Valentin Dupouey (Secretary General JEF-Europe 2016-2018), Peter Oomsels ((Vice-President JEF-Europe 2013-2015), Drenusha Suka (FC member 2017-2019), Christopher Powers (Treasurer JEF Europe, FC Presidium 2017-2019)
  • Ex officio members from JEF-Europe on the Board: Leonie Martin (current president), Milosh Ristovski (current secretary-general)
  • Treasurer/Managing Director: Simon Devos (Treasurer JEF-Europe 2015-2019)

The GA also elected two auditors: Inga Wachsmann and Christelle Savall and discussed projects for 2020-2021.

25th European Congress of JEF Europe elects Leonie Martin as President

On 25-27 October, JEF held its 25th European Congress in Paris, gathering 210 JEFers from 21 countries.

The European Congress elected a new Executive Board for the mandate of 2019 – 2021, with Leonie MARTIN (NL/DE) being elected as President. Sebastiano PUTOTO (BE/IT) and Emma FARRUGIA (MT) have been elected as Vice-Presidents; Christopher POWERS (UK) has been elected as Treasurer. Diletta ALESE (IT), Hanna KIVIMÄKI (FI), Moritz SCHLEICHER (DE) and Andreas HØSTGAARD POULSEN (DK) were elected as Executive Board members.

The new JEF Executive Board

The JEFers attending the Congress also had the opportunity to meet and discuss with former JEFers: David Grace, JEF Secretary General 1978-1980 and JEF President 1981-1983, Kim Gammelgaard, JEF FC member 1989-1995, Paolo Vacca, JEF President 1999-2001, now UEF SG.

The JEF Congress also voted unanimously in favour of giving the candidate section “DME – Društvo Mladi Evropejci (JEF Slovenia)” the status of a full member section

The Congress adopted resolutions on current political challenges, including on: improving the Spitzenkandidaten system, completing the Banking Union, on a sustainable Europe, on right-wing extremism and anti-semitism, on European defence and the security union, and on the EU-US relationship.

The European Congress thanked the outgoing Executive Board for its successful and dedicated work from 2017 – 2019 and in particular the outgoing President Christopher GLÜCK who, after six years on the board of JEF Europe (as Vice- and for the majority as President), bid his farewell to his active time in JEF but Chris has just joined Friends of JEF and will embody the motto “once a JEFer, always a JEFer”.

Christopher Glück’s farewell speech

Towards the European elections

The Union of European Federalists launched the last stage of their campaign for the 2019 European elections by releasing a Manifesto for the European elections (For a Federal Europe : Sovereign, Democratic, Social), a  pledge for candidates to the European Parliament, and a pledge for citizens to express their support to federalist proposals.

UEF sections all over Europe are organising street actions, debates, stands to mobilize citizens to go and vote for a Federal Europe.

All documents are available on the UEF website where visibility will be given to candidates to the European Parliament who sign the federalist pledge and where citizens have the possibility to sign directly on line to support the campaign.

Here the Manifesto For a Federal Europe : Sovereign, Democratic, Social -available in EnglishFrenchGermanItalianSpanish, and Bulgarian.
Here the pledge for candidates to the European Parliament in EnglishFrenchGermanGreekItalianSpanishBulgarian and Swedish.
Here the pledge for citizens to support the campaign – available in EnglishFrenchGermanItalianSpanish and Bulgarian.

Help UEF to spread federalist ideas by contacting candidates and asking them to sign the pledge, by discussing with your family, colleagues, neighbours… on the basis of our citizens’ pledge, by spreading the ideas of our manifesto on social media
For any questions,

See you in 2019

We hope your 2019 got off to a great start and wish you a wonderful year for you and all your relatives. May this year bring you happiness, health, love, friendship and success.

2019 is a crucial year for Europe: Brexit, European elections, adoption of the multi-annual financial framework and much more.

As every new year starts with good resolutions, we would like to invite you to take a federalist good resolution and join Friends of JEF or renew your membership for 2019, and donate if you can. Also please tell your friends and fellow Federalists about us.

Friends of JEF exists primarily to support the work of JEF Europe through financially supporting its activities and lending experience where possible. That’s why your donation is important.

Friends of JEF is also a network to connect JEFers of all ages. That’s why we plan to organise a meeting of Friends of JEF Members aside the next JEF Congress in Paris. Save the dates (25-27 October), we will come back soon with more information.

As we keep saying “once a JEFer, always a JEFer”, so we think you would be interested in knowing the last JEF news. You will discover in our latest newsletter some of the various actions led by our successors and also the utility of your donation!
And if you want to be back in the federalist family and be active in this election time, don’t hesitate to have a look on UEF actions and join UEF!

We are looking forward to seeing you this year and once again we wish you an exciting and successful federalist 2019.
Pauline Gessant
President, Friends of JEF
President of JEF Europe 2011-15

Friends of JEF financed the JEF solidarity fund for travels

For many years the high travel costs to attend JEF Europe’s statutory meetings created a barrier for attendance for members of our Eastern European sections and individual members from disadvantaged economical backgrounds. Thanks to the support from Friends of JEF we could introduce a solidarity fund for which delegates and guests can apply and receive a contribution to their expenses, enabling their participation. About ten members made use of that opportunity which enabled the high number of 24 out 30 sections present at our last FC meeting in Stockholm and Turku.

Always a generation ahead!

Simply a generation ahead!Since its beginnings in the late 1940s, tens of thousands of young Europeans have gone through the JEF experience. Friends of JEF is a platform that enables JEFers of different generations to keep in touch, reactivate lost contacts, and support the active generations.

An investment in a better future

JEF (Young European Federalists) is currently present with national sections in more than 40 countries all over Europe. Its eagerness to upgrade democracy , to strengthen the values of freedom and tolerance, and to reach out to all generations, all regions, and all social groups is stronger than ever. With its campaigns ranging from grassroot sections up to the decision-making hubs in Brussels, Strasbourg and worldwide, JEF is at once an effective local and global player.

Supporting JEF is and remains a good investment in a better future!

Website relaunch

Workshop RelaunchThanks to Jon we have relaunched the Friends of JEF website this weekend. Great new and simple design. Wordpress-based. Also, we now have a proper mailing system. As always, feedback is much welcome. Please let us know, if you miss any information or there are any bugs.

With the mailing system we may send a few more occasional emails but this should never spam your inboxes.

Where we would like to ask for your support is:
– sign up with your current email address.
– make sure that your JEF friends from the days have also signed up. You can now use this form here on this website to add your/their contact details.
– if you have any nice pictures or stories from your time, please send them over to the board and we are happy to add them to the photo gallery.