• JEF is a supranational, politically pluralist youth NGO with about 30,000 members in over 30 countries. The goal of JEF is the creation of a democratic European federation as a guarantee for peace and more free, just and democratic society.

Our partners and funders

European Commission - Erasmus+ Programme

The European Commission, through the Erasmus+ programme, is an important funder of JEF Europe providing both operational and project funding. 

JEF Europe is a beneficiary of the Erasmus+ Civil Society Cooperation Operational Grant. 


European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe

The European Youth Foundation (EYF) is a fund established in 1972 by the Council of Europe to provide financial and educational support for European youth activities. Only youth NGOs from Council of Europe member states as well as the European Cultural Convention Signatories: Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Holy See, can apply to the Foundation. It is a division in the Youth Department of the Council of Europe’s Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation, Directorate General of Democracy.

The European Youth Foundation is one of the main and long standing funders of JEF Europe. It funds our annual thematic work plan and provides operational funding.


European Youth Forum

The European Youth Forum (YFJ) is the platform of youth organisations in Europe. Representing 100 youth organisations, both National Youth Councils and International Non-Governmental Youth Organisations, we believe youth organisations are the tool through which we empower, encourage, involve, represent, reach out and support young people. The Youth Forum brings together tens of millions of young people from all over Europe, organised in order to represent their common interests.

JEF is a full member of the European Youth Forum since 2006 and is actively involved in all activities of the YFJ.

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Union of European Federalists

The Union of European Federalists (UEF) is a pan-European, non-governmental political organisation dedicated to the promotion of European political unity.

It was founded shortly after World War II, in the belief that only by uniting into a European Federation could the states of Europe overcome the divisions of the past and ensure a future of peace and economic prosperity. Throughout the past 70 years we have been a leading voice in the promotion of European unity and an early campaigner for key milestones in the development of the European Communities and then the European Union. 

We believe that completing European economic and political unity is urgently required to ensure Europe’s economic prosperity and relevance in a fast-changing world.  As federalists we are critical of the slow-pace and small-steps policy that impedes progress towards a greater European integration.  We consider nationalism, Euro-scepticism and passive acceptance of division as Europe's worst enemies. As federalists and voters we passionately call for a European democracy where European citizens - not just national governments - determine the policies of European government. The UEF promotes federalism as the optimum way to organise European unity in a way that is democratic and effective while preserving the diversity of our European countries.

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Civil Society Europe

Given the positive experiences of the coordination of the European Year of Citizens and the lack of a structured civil dialogue at EU-level as stipulated in the Lisbon-Treaty,  the time has come to gather together. Civil Society Europe – the European Coordination of Civil Society Organisations intends to be at European level a legitimate and representative platform of civil society organisations defending the values we claim and to put them back at the heart of the European project.

Our main mission as established in our statutes and in the Rome Declaration is to:

  • Create an enabling environment for horizontal exchanges between civil society organisations and movements across Europe;
  • Contribute to policy development on transversal issues of common interest as agreed by the membership
  • Strive for the recognition of civil society organisations by policymakers
  • Promote civic space for civil society at all relevant levels based on fundamental rights
  • Ensure the renewal of European Democracy, promoting the transparency of decision making and participation of civil society organisations in European decision making processes.

Opens external link in new windowhttps://civilsocietyeurope.eu

Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe

The INGO Conference of the Council of Europe is a space for free and innovative participation of committed citizens, offering the possibility to contribute directly to the construction of Europe. It is the only assembly ofNGOs playing an institutional role in an international intergovernmental organization.

JEF Europe has a participatory status within the Conference of INGOs.

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Activity Report

40 years of JEF