• 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.

Meet the European Secretariat!

Milosh Ristovski - Secretary General

Milosh comes from Kumanovo (Macedonia) where he was working as head of CID for over 8 years. Being a trainer for over 10 years and part of the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe, Milosh is familiar with JEF Europe for having been its official trainer of our work plan's international seminars for about 7 years.

He's been appointed as new Secretary General of JEF Europe in April 2018. During the next two years, his main objective will be to strengthen JEF Europe and its sections throughout Europe, to help them develop to ensure JEF's political impact grows even stronger at all levels. 

He is in charge of the daily leadership and management of the organisation and the staff team based in Brussels. 

Contact Milosh


Sonja Afanasjeva - Policy Officer

Sonja was born in Tallin (Estonia). She studied her bachelor in Moscow University (MGIMO) and graduated in European Law from a double master of KU Leuven and Zurich University. 

After interning at the Cabinet of Commissioner Thyssen, she is back in JEF Europe's office as Policy Officer.

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Marine Betrancourt - Communication & Project Officer

Marine is from Lyon (France) where she studied political sciences and public law. True European, she interned Monash Europe & EU Centre at Monash University in Melbourne for a better taste of Europe from down under and has been involved for years within AEGEE/ European Students’ Forum, as well as various European youth projects.

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Michal Rybacki - Project Officer

Michał was born in Poland and joined JEF’s Secretariat after interning at the European Parliament and NATO as well as promoting human rights and youth social engagement with several NGOs. Holding Master’s degrees in International Relations and Peace & Conflict Studies, he considers European integration the most successful peacebuilding process in history.

Michał’s main role is the coordination of the project European Youth Together: Road to the Future, which aims to increase young people’s democratic participation before and after the elections to the European Parliament in May 2019. 

Contact Michał


Loris Birkemeyer - European Voluntary Service

Loris grew up in Nîmes, in the South of France. After a year working in a Bavarian high school as a Teaching assistant, he moved to Strasbourg, the heart of Europe, where he was involved with JEF Strasbourg for two years. He moved to Brussels in August.

As European Voluntary Service he will be helping with communication and supporting the implementation of Europe at School activities in Belgium and all across Europe.

Contact Loris


Emilie Vandam - Admin & logistics Intern

Emilie is from Belgium. She first studied history in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), specializing into European integration, before going to Poland for a year where she graduated from the master in European interdisciplinary studies a the College of Europe. Convinced by the necessity of the EU project, she was a member of the JEF Louvain La Neuve section before joining the Secretariat as an intern.

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40 years of JEF

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