Brussels/Valletta, November 15, 2017.
Around 160 young people from 34 countries gathered last weekend in Malta for the European Congress of JEF Europe. They elected a new board and discussed the political strategy of the Young European Federalists for the upcoming two years. The delegates unanimously approved the political platform of the organisation, calling for the establishment of a European Federation, and adopted resolutions on current political challenges, including the governance of the Eurozone, the future of the multiannual budget of the EU, the Brexit negotiations and the EU’s relationship towards African countries.
The European Congress has elected a new Executive Board for the mandate of 2017 - 2019, with Christopher GLÜCK (DE) being unanimously elected for a second mandate as President. Leonie MARTIN (NL/DE) and Simon DEVOS (BE/DE) have been confirmed as Senior Vice-President and Treasurer respectively; Jacopo BARBATI (IT) has been elected as Vice-President. As board members were elected Camilla WALSTAD (NO), Céline GEISSMANN (FR), Emma FARRUGIA (MT), and Sebastiano PUTOTO (IT/BE). The Executive Board works on a voluntary basis for a mandate of two years and is supported by the European Secretariat, located in Brussels, which works full-time for JEF Europe.
The President Christopher Glück said: “The upcoming two years will be decisive for the future of the EU. After years of crises, we now have a window of opportunity for real change in Europe. JEF Europe will work hard to push for the changes we believe are necessary to continue the European project and build a truly united and democratic Europe.”
The European Congress used the opportunity to thank the outgoing Executive Board for its successful and dedicating work from 2015 - 2017, including the work on the #DontTouchMySchengen campaign in 2016 and the #ourEurope campaign, which was launched in mid-2016 and is still active till this day. Former Board members Ophélie Omnes and Kevin Kristiansen have been elected as members of the Federal Committee, and Miriam Postiglione is now part of the Arbitration Board.
The European Congress has also decided to exclude JEF Albania from the JEF Europe network and has recognised that JEF Turkey has ceased to exist. This decision will allow for interested people living in these countries to build up new organisations to join JEF.
Christopher Glück expressed his gratitude for the logistical work: “We thank JEF Malta for their hospitality and excellent organising. The spectacular venues, amongst which the National Library of Malta and the Verdala Palace, as well as H.E. President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca hosting the Opening Ceremony certainly will be one of the many wonderful memories JEFers will take away from this Congress”.
Rebecca Zammit, President of JEF Malta, commented: “It was a true honour to host JEF Europe’s highest body on our tiny island. We are confident that we achieved our aim of organising a professional, enjoyable and fruitful Congress, which displayed the very best of what Malta has to offer. This was only possible due to the dedication and tireless work of the JEF Malta team throughout the year. The Congress was doubly special for us, as our former President, Emma Farrugia, was elected to the JEF Europe Executive Board.”
More information on JEF Europe
The Young European Federalists (JEF) Europe is a non-partisan youth NGO active with 13.000 members active in more than 35 countries. The organisation strives towards a federal Europe based on the principles of democracy and subsidiarity as well as respect for human rights. JEF promotes true European Citizenship, and works towards more active participation of young people in democratic life. While the umbrella organisation JEF Europe was founded in 1972, its sections have been operating continuously since the end of the Second World War, making it the oldest pro-European and only federalist youth organisation. The European Congress of JEF Europe is the highest statutory body of JEF and meets every two years.
More information on JEF Malta
JEF Malta is the Maltese national section of JEF Europe. It is also a non-partisan youth NGO, and is additionally a student organization within the University of Malta. JEF Malta focuses on advocating for European integration, bringing more awareness of the EU and EU affairs amongst Maltese youths, and giving opportunities for youths to be active citizens. Its work was lately rewarded with the Charlemagne Youth Prize 2017 in the Maltese round, as well as won the University’s ‘Kokka Organizzazzjoni’ for 2017.
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