JEF & History

The Young European Federalists (JEF) is a supranational, non-partisan youth organisation working for the promotion of European integration and the federal values of democracy, pluralism and the rule of law within Europe. JEF aims at involving as many young people as possible in the debate about the future of Europe and work at a local, national and European level to do this.

JEF is the ‘youth’ organisation of the Union of European Federalists (UEF).


Organises seminars, campaigns, projects, discussions etc. on a local, regional, national and European level and including 28 countries

  • Large scale international events and international seminars across Europe
  • Lobby activities, public actions, demonstrations and public-opinion-building including media work
  • Opinion-building through publications such as our multilingual magazine thenewfederalist
  • An overview of JEF’s main European campaigns can be found at this page.


  • 25,000 members in 40 European countries between 18-35 years old
  • JEF members are found in every layer of the social stratus, with a majority of students and young political and economic leaders

Target groups reached by JEF

  • International institutions
  • National governments and parliaments

History of JEF

JEF was originally founded in 1946 and re-founded in 1972. A more detailed account of JEF’s history can be found on Wikipedia. Older documents about JEF can be found at the archives of the European Union at the European University Institute in Florence.