Activities


Here you can find information about the different events, projects and campaigns organised by JEF-Europe! You are more than welcome to participate in any of them.

Keep an eye on JEF-Europe’s lively Facebook, Twitter and Instagram page to stay informed about our latest activities or subscribe to our bi-weekly newsletter!

These are only the activities organised on the European level of the Young European Federalists. Many more are organised by our local, regional and national sections.

Twinning Programme


Twinning Programme

The JEF Europe twinning programme consists in bringing together local sections of JEF in privileged partnerships, meant to last and aimed at building a better knowledge of one another. 

There is a lot you can do together: meet one another in your respective cities, do some political reflection together, share your best practices and activities… The frequency of your interaction depends on how much energy you want to put into the project. Some sections have a dedicated person in charge of the relations with the other section and common activities.

In any case, the Task Force Capacity Building is here to help you find a match and get you started. If you have any questions about the programme or want to find out more about it, get in touch with us at twinning@jef.eu.

 

Does the program have to start with physically meeting the people from the other section?

You don’t have to meet at first. Skype is also a good way to start. Another opportunity to meet can be at an international seminar organised by JEF Europe or some national sections. You just need to coordinate (and let the JEF secretariat know you’re twinning partners in your application).

Do you give us a guarantee, that you find a good partner and it will be a working partnership?

It is no guarantee, it’s just a starting help. What you make out of it is then up to you ! That being said, we remain at your disposal if needed and if you have any difficulties we can support you.

On which grounds do you choose the twinning section?

You give a lot of criteria in the application form. Based on this we search for possible partners. Also we look into which cities y your city is formally twinned with. You can also take the initiative by consulting the part dedicated to the programme’s participants, presented further down this section of the website.

Do you have funds to reimburse meetings?

We are working on this, but at the moment we don’t have funding for reimbursement of twinning meetings.

Is the twinning program only for sections or also for individual people?

At the moment it is only for sections. But we are keen on collecting ideas to build up another project for individual JEFers.

Is it also possible to twin with more than one section?

It is definitely possible. It is not an exclusive relationship. You can twin with more than one section or two twinned sections can again apply together. However, it is worth keeping in mind that a twinning is supposed to be a bit more than a one-shot cooperation, for instance to co-organise an event. Twinning is meant to be an ongoing part of your activities, to make them more sustainable and more attractive to potential members. In short, start small and expand as you develop.

Can a section also specifically wish for a section out of a specific country?

Yes, it makes it also easier for us if you are able to be specific in your application form.

How can the national sections push the twinning programme around the local sections?

National sections can remind them from time to time about the programme, publish the feedbacks and the photos that are circulated via JEF Europe (see the “success stories” part of this website), and do a lot of promotion of the twinning which might already be happening in their section. Local Branches and International Officers should actively promote the concept. Some sections even have a deliberate aim to ensure all local branches have a ‘twin’ somewhere in JEF!

JEF Brussels & JEF Essex

Newly twinned in 2019, the sections have been involved in a host of joint activities, online, supporting each other on social media in the run up to the elections, and offline through postcards from Milou, JEF Brussels’ mascot and of course in person! In April 2019, a delegation from JEF Essex came to Brussels for a 3-day tour of the capital of Europe, with a return match lined up for spring 2020.

JEF Aarhus & JEF Rennes

Twinned since 2018, JEF Rennes visited JEF Aarhus in Aarhus in 2018 and then participated in the Summer Camp of Europæisk Ungdom Denmark. Before the upcoming return trip, few members of JEF Aarhus attended the Bike tour organised in August in the framework of Europe on Road (“Europe En Vacances”). They also met at the JEF France Congress to discuss further cooperation in 2018 and 2019.

JEF Wuppertal & JEF Hordaland

JEF Wuppertal and JEF Hordaland joined forced in 2019 that great twinning stories can also start online and develop a long-distance friendship. The sections had several calls and online-meetings, helped each other on social medial and built up a letter-friendship! They are now planning a 6-day visit from JEF Hordaland to Northrhine-Westphalia.

JEF Strasbourg & JEF Freiburg

Twinned for many years, JEF Strasbourg and JEF Freiburg organize since 1988 the bilingual “Strasbourg/Freiburg Interviews”, seminars structured around workshops, conferences and various activities on a European theme. The two sections as part of a larger regional group: the Upper Rhine area and cooperated with JEF Switzerland on many occasions including.the street action on the German-Swiss border in 2018 and Kehl in 2019 or the Franco-German trekking with JEF Baden-Württemberg.

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