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Press release: European civil society organisations call for radical strengthening of the EU after the COVID-19 crisis, on the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration

Press release: European civil society organisations call for radical strengthening of the EU after the COVID-19 crisis, on the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration Brussels, May 9th, 2020 Today, 9th of May 2020, is the 70th anniversary of…

Press release: German challenge to EU law primacy highlights the need for Treaty change

Brussels, May 6, 2020 On the 5th of May, the German Constitutional Court (GCC, in German: Bundesverfassungsgericht, BVerfG) handed down its highly anticipated judgement on the legality of the Public Sector Purchase Programme (PSPP), one of the…

Press release: European leaders must choose Europe, without reservations

"Not one, not two, not three but four meetings of endless negotiations have been needed for the European Council (EUCO) to agree on a starting point for a recovery package for Europe in times of COVID-19. Even if these measures are very welcome,…

Call for podcast developers: Europe@School – New Directions

 What if we could make the European Union accessible for everyone? The Europe@School programme aims to raise awareness of what the EU does and promote a European identity among young people. This year, the objective of the JEF Europe Annual Work…

Press release: JEF Europe makes history with its first online statutory meeting

“We show this organisation, this community has a heart, beating louder than ever. We show we will not shy away, we will work for a democratic, federal Europe - come rain or shine,” said Leonie Martin, President of JEF Europe, at the opening of the…

Press release: We need to act now to safeguard democracy and the rule of law in Europe

Only two weeks after our Democracy under Pressure campaign, it has come to this: Monday, March 30 will be marked in history as a tragic day for Hungarian democracy. It is now up to the European Union to finally sharpen its pencils and ensure the…

Press release: JEF Europe criticises the lack of European migration and asylum policy

“The Young European Federalists are extremely concerned and horrified by the (in)action at the EU's external border in Greece. In light of the pandemic outbreak of COVID-19 a well organised evacuation would be strongly needed.  Instead the past…

Press release: March 16-22 “Democracy Under Pressure¨ 2020 campaign – JEFers across Europe take action for democracy and rule of law

For 14 consecutive years, the Young European Federalists (JEF Europe) are launching their  “Democracy under pressure” campaign that will run between the 16- 22 March, 2020. This action calls on citizens to speak up for those who have been silenced…

Press release: “EU budget negotiations: rather than net-zero emissions, it’s net-zero commitments”

“This has been going on for years now. After every European Council summit we get a parade of national leaders maintaining that the EU is leading the global fight against climate change, solving the issue of youth unemployment, whilst taking…

Press release: Auf Wiedersehen but not Goodbye!

“It feels unreal for many of us to say it but today is the last day of the United Kingdom (UK) being a member of the EU, at least for now,” says Leonie MARTIN, President of Young European Federalists (JEF). She continues: “Brexit is not over, the…

Press release: Conference on the Future of Europe: An historic opportunity towards a Federal Europe

“We are pleased to see the European Parliament take the lead in setting the agenda for the Conference on the Future of Europe, finally opening the door for long-needed Treaty changes with yesterday 's vote. Europe cannot win back the trust of its…

Press release:“The last drop in an explosive cocktail: we need military de-escalation and a common European foreign policy now”

The Young European Federalists (JEF) Europe are extremely concerned about the conflict escalations around the world, particularly in the neighbourhood of the European Union. From Libya to Iraq, Yemen to Syria, European borders are burning. The…

Press release: 12 European Civil Society Organisations call for a Conference on the Future of Europe that makes a difference

12 European civil society organisations unveil today their set of recommendations for a successful Conference on the Future of Europe. The recommendations emerged as outcome of a series of brainstorming sessions between European civil society…

Press release: “Congratulations – now it’s time to deliver”

The non-partisan youth NGO “Young European Federalists (JEF) Europe” congratulates the new European Commission, and President Dr. Ursula von der Leyen notably, the first woman ever elected for the top executive role in the European Union. “The…

Press release: Success of the conference hinges critically on the meaningful inclusion of citizens and civil society in the process

The President of the Union of European Federalists (UEF), Sandro Gozi, welcomes the Franco-German non-paper on the Conference of the Future of Europe with a view to the upcoming Council meeting: "I am delighted to see the French and German…

Press Release: 25th European Congress of JEF Europe elects Leonie Martin as President

Brussels/Paris. October 29, 2019. Hosted by its member section Jeunes Européenes (JEF France), around 210 young people from 21 countries gathered last weekend in Paris for the 25th European Congress of the Young European Federalists (JEF Europe).…

Press release: JEF project becoming European Commission priority?

Leaked documents on Commission workplan reveal: JEF project becoming European Commission priority? A recently leaked draft document about the priorities of the Directorate Generals shows plans to set up a “Europe@School” programme. Does the name…

Press release: “The Spitzenkandidaten may have failed, but European democracy not yet: this Press release: Parliament can still define von der Leyen’s agenda”

In the wake of the package for the EU top jobs agreed by the EU Heads of State and Government in the European Council - and the collapse of the Spitzenkandidaten system-, the Young European Federalists [JEF Europe] sent a letter to the President of…

Press release: European Parliament must protect European democracy: choose Europe, not national interest!

Earlier this week, the EU Heads of State and Government - the European Council, or “EUCO” - agreed on a package for the EU “top jobs”, in a process which caused disbelief and indignation among citizens. It goes to show, yet again,  that an…

Press release: Seawatch-3: This job should not have to be done by an NGO!

The Young European Federalists (JEF Europe) has been closely following the worrying situation regarding the NGO vessel “Sea-Watch 3”, whose captain Carola Rackete was placed under house arrest after being accused of aiding illegal migration and…

Press release: Restoring Russia’s full membership rights for nothing in return damages Council of Europe’s reputation

This week, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) restored Russia’s full voting rights, removed in 2014 due to the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. “The Council of Europe is only as influential as it is credible. Russia was…

Press release: It is time to deliver what North Macedonia and Albania deserve!

Yesterday, the European Council decided not to decide on the opening of accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania, disregarding the positive recommendations received by the European Commission. “The decision of the European Council…

Press release: “Better no Eurozone budget than a useless one”

The Eurosummit, which is meeting today in inclusive format, confirmed the broad agreement reached by the Eurogroup earlier this week on the creation of a budgetary instrument for competitiveness and convergence. “Nobody can claim this is a real…

Press release: Letter regarding the accession negotiations with the Republic of North Macedonia and the Republic of Albania

Dear members of the European Council, Ahead of the Foreign Affairs Council and General Affairs Council meetings set for June 17 and June 18 respectively, we, the Young European Federalists, call the members of the European Council / Council of the…

Press release: Spitzenkandidaten: “EUCO keep out – the Parliament decides!”

Today European leaders meet for the first time after the European Parliament elections, to discuss future “top-jobs” in the EU, with the number one vacancy being the President of the European Commission (POTEC, for short). All eyes in Brussels are…

Press release: Europeans have voted for change: it’s time to act, Europe!

From May 23rd to 26th, Europeans all over the continent and abroad casted their votes in the elections of the new European Parliament and they sent two strong messages: With a turnout of over 50 per cent and the highest turnout in twenty years,…

Press release: Over 200 candidates pledge to support European Federalists’ demands for next European Parliament

Ahead of the European elections starting on Thursday, 215 candidates to the European Parliament have committed to support the European Federalists' demands for the next European Parliament. Supporters come from a range of political parties and…

Press release: United in disunity: European leaders celebrate three years of no progress in Sibiu

“Frankly, only the date on top of the Leaders’ statement can tell us what year it is. Three years after the Bratislava summit 2016, which followed the Brexit referendum, we find ourselves precisely in the same spot: we’ve wasted valuable time, the…

Press release: Don’t just celebrate Europe, choose Europe!

With two weeks to go until the European Parliament elections, today the continent dwells in celebrating the achievements of the EU, on the 69th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, preferring to look back at what has been achieved instead of…

Press release: JEF Europe Federal Committee launches #IChooseEurope campaign for the European Parliament Elections with national sections in London

During last weekend more than 100 members of the Young European Federalists (JEF Europe) gathered in London for its bi-annual statutory meeting - the Federal Committee (FC) - where the organisation agrees on its political direction. During this…