Brussels/Valletta. November 8, 2017.
The non-partisan youth NGO Young European Federalists (JEF Europe) organises their bi-annual European Conference, the highest decision-making body, in Malta. H.E. President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca will open the Congress and is going to host the official Opening Ceremony at Verdala Palace. This Opening Ceremony is supported by Conventions Malta. The Congress itself will take place in the National Library, Valletta, and is supported by the Ministry for Education and Employment.
Thanks to the logistical preparations of JEF Malta, around 160 young people who live in 27 countries will gather this weekend in Malta to discuss the work for the upcoming two years. Following six months of preparatory work, the young activists will discuss draft resolutions on a wide range of topics, such as citizenship throughout Brexit, the EU’s foreign policy towards African countries as well as the institutional design of the Eurozone. Furthermore, they will elect a new Executive Board and Federal Committee for the mandate of 2017 - 2019.
Christopher Glück, President of JEF Europe, states: “This weekend gives us the opportunity to define a common strategy for the upcoming two years. We are at a crucial moment for the EU. Important changes need to be made to secure the EU’s future and after years of stasis, an ambitious European reform agenda is finally building momentum. For JEF, this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to shape the Europe of tomorrow. We will explore possibilities to contribute to meaningful citizen conventions and move Europe with a strong campaign for the European elections.”
Rebecca Zammit, President of JEF Malta, notes that: "We at JEF Malta are deeply honoured to be hosting this notable Congress. From a logistical point of view, this has been a daunting challenge for a small group of University students, and we are looking forward to seeing the results of all our hard work. From a European perspective, the Congress is a unique gathering of passionate and intellectual youths who have the drive to reform Europe at a critical point in its history. It is crucial that as youths active in the smallest EU state, we make the most of this chance to actively shape how European politics should look like”.
You can follow live updates on the twitter account @JEF_Europe or by checking the hashtag #EuCo2017.
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.
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
For further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact
Nicola Mangion, JEF Malta Education and Social Policy Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org, (+356) 99293297