Members


JEF is composed by its members working together to promote the creation of a democratic European federation as a guarantee for peace and a more free, just and democratic society. Our local and regional sections are grouped in National Sections.

We also have several Candidate Sections, formed by JEF-Europe, that are active in countries where no registered section existed before. After organising successful activities, these activists can apply for candidate status during a statutory meeting. If the section remains active during the next 2 years and carries out JEF’s policies and -spirit, they can be accepted as full member sections during the next statutory meeting.

National Sections


The JEF community consists of activists all around Europe, whether they’re individual members of JEF or part of local or national sections. When speaking of our members, we mean our national and local sections. These sections actively promote the creation of a democratic European federation as a guarantee for peace and a more free, just and  democratic society. You can get to know these sections in National Sections.

  • JEF Austria

  • JEF Belgium

  • JEF Bulgaria

  • JEF Croatia

  • JEF Czech Republic

  • JEF Denmark

  • JEF Finland

  • JEF France

  • JEF Germany

  • JEF Italy

  • JEF Kosovo

  • JEF Latvia

  • JEF Malta

  • JEF Netherlands

  • JEF North Macedonia

  • JEF Norway

  • JEF Slovenia

  • JEF Spain

  • JEF Sweden

  • JEF Switzerland

  • JEF United Kingdom

JEF Austria

JEF-Austria (Bund Europäischer Jugend / Junge Europäische Föderalisten Österreich) is an independent, above party lines and non-denominational youth organization that campaigns for a peaceful and united Europe for more than 50 years. Together with our associated organizations and regional sections we are the biggest, pro-European network of Austria. Therefore, we are the contact person for young people for any European and international activities with a emphasis or focus on political education about Europe.

Abdul Kerim Aydemir

President

Andras Stadlmayr

Senior Vice-President

Jakob Etzel

Vice-President

Julia Newland

International Officer

Contact:

Write to JEF Austria!

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JEF Belgium

JEF Belgium helps young people find their place in the EU. By organising street actions, guided tours, debates, and seminars, we try to make sure that young people are aware the issues in Europe today and the future.

At a political level, we advocate for a more federal Europe and a more European Belgium. Our local sections in Brussels, Liège and Leuven make sure that there are JEF activities in your city. By becoming a JEF member, you have the chance to participate in several international seminars – being involved in JEF also means making friends all around Europe!

Anna-Lena Sender

President

Elisa Löwe

Vice-President

Lauren Mason

International Officer

Elisa Löwe

Secretary General

Contact:

Write to JEF Belgium!

Lauren Mason: info@jefbelgium.eu

Website and Social Media:

JEF Bulgaria

EYM-Bulgaria is a national youth organisation, which unites young people between 18 and 35-year old throughout the country interested in our main areas.

Our key Objectives:

    • To promote European values in Bulgaria, friendship and peace, dialogue, understanding and co-operation for social and economic development that furthers the well-being of all Europeans;
    • To implement projects focusing on European integration, civic education, human rights protection, intercultural dialogue, international youth exchange;
    • To organise educational seminars, training courses, forums and national, regional and international conferences on different issues

EYM Bulgaria is a national section of the Young European Federalists (JEF Europe).

Gergana Blazheva

President

Nadya Haralampieva

International Officer

Martina Dinkova

Secretary General

Contact:

Write to JEF Bulgaria!

Martina Dinkova: eym@scas.bg

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JEF Croatia

JEF Croatia (Mladi Europski Federalisti), founded in Zagreb in 1997, is a non-governmental, non-partisan, pro-European youth organisation. By organizing a variety of seminars, workshops, debates and projects, we seek to promote values such as European identity, equality, subsidiarity and youth participation.

With Croatia being the youngest member of the EU, we also seek to raise awareness about the EU and Croatia’s relations with Europe, especially among youth.

Patricia Ivić

President

Ivona Grubešić

Vice-President

Kristijan Orešković

International Officer

Valentina Valjak

Secretary General

Contacts

Write to JEF Croatia!

Patricia Ivić: patricia.ivic@gmail.com

Valentina Valjak: valentina.valjak10@gmail.com

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JEF Czech Republic

JEF Czech Republic (Mladi Evropané CZ) consider JEF CZ as a fellowship of people of various backgrounds, but of people with common interest: support of the European integration. Czech JEF section is a small one. The benefit of this is that we put big emphasis on informal, personal relations in our section.

We try to organise interesting, meaningful events, not just “actions for actions”. None of us is a “professional European activist” and very few of us are students of European studies – on the contrary we have various jobs and studies (engineering, business studies, law etc.), so we organise things that are enriching and fun for us as well: informal debates with guests, debates among us, international events with JEF Passau and with other JEF groups.

Jiří Poupa

President

Jakub Slejska

Vice-President & International Officer

Radka Malcová

Vice-President

Tomáš Starý

Secretary General

Contact:

Write to JEF Czech Republic!

Jakub Slejska: info@mladievropane.cz

Website and Social Media:

JEF Denmark

JEF-Denmark (Europæisk Ungdom Danmark) is a youth organization for people with an interest and a passion for Europe, the EU and European politics. Our organisation seeks to inform the public in general and young people in particular about the EU and to intensify the EU debate in Denmark.

We believe that Europe’s countries face many challenges that are best solved by co-operation through the European Union. We want to transcend the for/against EU debate and to discuss concrete problems and concrete solutions instead. Furthermore we work towards getting rid of the infamous Danish opt-outs!

Andreas HøstgaardPoulsen

President

Johan Thostrup

Vice-President

Nikolaj Kornerup

International Officer

Kirstine Wichmand

Secretary General

Contact:

Write to JEF Denmark!

Nikolaj Kornerup: international@euro.dk

Website and Social Media:

JEF Finland

JEF Finland (Eurooppanuoret) is a politically and religiously unaffiliated youth organisation that unites youth from all over Finland to discuss, debate and influence European affairs. Our aim is to bring the EU closer to the Finnish youth in a fun and interesting way.

JEF-Finland is a member of Young European Federalists Europe (JEF) and a sister organisation and integral part of the European Movement Finland (Eurooppalainen Suomi).

All under 29-year-olds living in Finland can join JEF Finland. We arrange various activities to promote awareness about EU-related issues, take part in the work of JEF-Europe and promote pro-EU campaigns in Finland. Eurooppanuoret is also the publisher of the Finnish EU-magazine “Tähdistö”, “Stardom”.

The main objectives for the association’s operation are:

  • To promote the public discussion on EU and its development;
  • To deepen EU knowledge and familiarize the Finnish youth with the ideological, political and economical basics of the unification;
  • To motivate the citizens, especially the young voters, to take part in the EP Finnish representatives’ election; and
  • To promote the knowledge of European culture and cultural exchange.

Iiris Asunmaa

President

Tuomas KarvonenLauri Ikola

Vice-Presidents

Maija Maunu

International Officer

Julia Kahelin

Secretary General

Contact:

Write to JEF Finland!

Maija Maunu: maija.maunu@eurooppanuoret.fi

Website and Social Media:

JEF France

JEF-France (Les Jeunes Européens-France) founded in 1992, gathers approximately 1300 members spread out in more than 25 local sections all over France henceforth. With a strong diversity of projects such as “Europe Par les Jeunes”, “Europe en Vacances”, national and international seminars, the webzine Le Taurillon, we are spreading the federalist vision of Europe all over France.

With a strong accent put on civic education on the EU citizenship, our volunteers intervene to explain the EU and the European federalism in local and national events, in schools, and even at the beach.

Marie Caillaud

President

Tosia Stepniak

Vice-President & International Officer

Peio Dugoua-Macé

Vice-President

Thomas Arnaldi

Secretary General

Contact:

Write to JEF France!

Tosia Stepniak: vice-presidence@jeunes-europeens.org

Website and Social Media:

JEF Germany

JEF Germany (Junge Europäische Föderalisten Deutschland) is a non-partisan youth organisation which promotes a deeper European integration.

Since 1946 we believe in the vision of a European state to achieve democracy, freedom, security and prosperity for all Europeans.

With approximately 4000 members organised in regional sections covering all federal countries in Germany we organise local, regional, national and international seminars, actions and debates all over Germany to spread and support the European idea. Find out where your local section is and join us!

Malte Steuber

President

Sebastian Lang

Vice-President & International Officer

Laura Wanner

Vice-President

Lara Sosa Popovic

Vice-President

Lutz Gude

Secretary General

Contact:

Write to JEF Germany!

Sebastian Lang: sebastian.lang@jef.de

Website and Social Media:

JEF Italy

JEF-Italy (Gioventù Federalista Europea – GFE) is an independent non-partisan youth organization founded in 1951. GFE members range in age between 16 and 30. Activities are organized on various levels by local and regional sections, as well as by the national centre (board and secretariat).

GFE encourages participation of its members in international activities such as seminars, debates and pan-European actions. GFE is also a founding member of the Italian youth forum.

Mattero Gori

President

Mariasophia Falcone

International Officer

Antonio Argenziano

Secretary General

Contact:

Write to JEF Italy!

Mariasophia Falcone: italy@jef.eu

Website and Social Media:

JEF Kosovo

JEF-Kosova (Federalistët e Rinj Europian) was established in May 2003 by a group of young people from Kosovo and with direct support of JEF Europe.It is non-partisan and nondenominational organisation .The main reason for founding the organisation was enabling young people of Kosovo to unite and understand the essence of Europe as a union of people, ideas, and common goals.

JEF Kosova is committed to the fight for a democratic society where people actively participate.

JEF Kosova have implemented projects regarding visa liberalisation, immigration reform, judicial reform and implementing EC progress report recommendations and many projects related with youth, democracy and human rights.

Leutrim Ahmeti

President

Era Jashari

International Officer

Contact:

Write to JEF Kosovo!

Leutrim Ahmeti: leutrimahmeti24@gmail.com

Website and Social Media:

JEF Latvia

“Club “The House” – youth for a united Europe” is the only youth non-governmental organisation in Latvia, that informs and educates youth about different aspects of European Union.

Our organisation’s goal is to make youth interested in participating in European life and use its’ given opportunities. Moreover, we are populating the idea of unity in Europe and European values, such as democracy, tolerance and respect of human rights. As follows, our main goal is to intimate that the European future depends on everyone, which is the reason why youth should not be unconcerned about their country’s future. By organising events, seminars, lectures, conferences, even camps and thematic “tea evenings” we are spreading the knowledge about European institutions, European culture, history, traditions and social and political processes.

Raivis Gunārs Tauriņš

President

Aleksandra Aleksejeva

Vice-President

Elza Indra Enkūzena

Vice-president

Contact:

Write to JEF Latvia!

Aleksandra Aleksejeva: aleksandra.aleksejeva@klubsmaja.lv

Website and Social Media:

JEF Malta

JEF Malta is a non-faculty student organisation based within the University of Malta. As the only NGO in Malta whose aim is to promote European integration, its goal is to raise awareness of the EU, as well as promote EU values and active youth citizenship.

JEF Malta carries out seminars, debates, and workshops, encouraging youths to speak out and be politically active. JEF Malta also organises nationwide EU awareness campaigns, such as the ‘Europe at School’ programme. Social events are also organised for members.

JEF Malta is strictly non-partisan, and as such offers an opportunity for youths to critically discuss and analyse European and national issues outside of the bi-partisan discourse that often dominates national debates.

Daniel Cassar

President

Emma Vella

Vice-President

Chantelle Sammut

International Officer

Rebecca Camilleri

Secretary General

Contact:

Write to JEF Malta!

Chantelle Sammut: info@jefmalta.com

Social Media:

JEF Netherlands

Hello everyone,

we are the sections of the Netherlands, we have currently around two active regional sections. Our most active section is seated in Maastricht, a historical and important place for European history (Maastricht treaty). Our second regional section is placed in Enschede right next to the Dutch-German border. We are currently planning to introduce a third section, namely the section of JEF Holland, which is a big province in the west of the Netherlands.

The Netherlands are quite an enthusiastic supporter of the EU. Not only are the inhabitants usually quite fluent in English, but are also open to any foreigners as the Netherlands are usually stamped to have a very liberal society. In turns of how integrative the Netherlands are in the European context, one could say that they are fairly reluctant in certain circumstances on how much sovereignty they willing to withdraw to the EU (EU constitutional referendum 2005, Dutch Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement referendum 2016).

However, the Dutch are one of the most supportive EU members in terms of how democracy should be lived and build integrated partnerships with European neighbors as they show with Germany or Belgium in the border regions (Euregio)

Isabelle Büttner

President

Vivien Szameitat

Vice-President

Martin Wasser

International Officer

Evelin Emmerich

Secretary General

Contact:

Write to JEF Netherlands!

Isabelle Büttner: president.jefnl@jef.eu

Website and Social Media:

JEF North Macedonia

JEF North Macedonia promotes political activism of the Macedonian citizens, with a focus on the youth, in Republic of North Macedonia’s EU accession and toward a creation of a United Federal Europe. JEF North Macedonia encourages creation of a just, free, inclusive, participatory, transparent and democratic society based on the European values.

Samet Shabani

President

Filip Stojanovski

Vice-President

Jelena Peroska

Secretary General

Contact:

Write to JEF Macedonia!

Jelena Peroska: jperoska@gmail.com

Website and Social Media:

JEF Norway

JEF Norway (Europeisk Ungdom), founded in 1973, is a non-partisan youth organization with around 1,000 members across the country – from Troms in the north, to Agder in the south. The organization works for a Norwegian EU membership and strengthened European cooperation. The day-to-day work concerns raising awareness about the EU and Norway’s relations with Europe. Furthermore, JEF Norway organizes a series of seminars on the local, national and international level. The most known international projects are United – Nordic summer camp, the EU academy (in Brussels) and Ukrainian Training Days (UTD).

Knut André Sande

President

Bhanuja RasiahAnna Handal Hellesnes

Vice-Presidents

Aurora Hårtveit

International Officer

Frida Axelsen

Secretary General

Contact:

Write to JEF Norway!

Aurora Hårtveit: aurora@europeiskungdom.no

Website and Social Media:

JEF Slovenia

JEF Slovenia (Društvo Mladi Evropejci) is an independent, trans-partisan youth organisation which works in the field of youth participation and campaigns for the united Europe. It was created on March 25th 2017 on the 60th anniversary of the signature of the Treaty of Rome and became an official JEF member section in 2019.

Since the foundation we run local and international activities which establish the platform for the youth dialogue, spread European consciousness in the Slovenian society and educate youth about the importance of EU integration.

Aleksandar Dončev

President

Janez Gabrovšek

Vice-President & International Officer

Nika Verlič

Vice-President

Ana Furlan

Secretary General

Lovro Klinar

Project Partners

Contact:

Write to JEF Slovenia!

Contact person: mladievropejci@gmail.com

Social Media:

JEF Spain

JEF Spain, organised as a federation of regional non-partisan youth organisations, is the Spanish branch of the Young European Federalists. Currently active in 6 regions, it gathers more than two hundred members who are keen on promoting the idea of a Federal Europe as the best tool for Europeans’ wellbeing.

JEF Spain does that through the celebration of debates, seminars, social events and public awareness campaigns such as ‘Europe at School’.

Francesc Mainzer

President

Irene Nieto

Vice-President

Ignacio Esteban

International Officer

Ignacio Esteban

Secretary General

Contact:

Write to JEF Spain!

Ignacio Esteban: ignacio.esteban.avendano@gmail.com

Website and Social Media:

JEF Sweden

JEF-Sweden (Förbundet Unga Européer) is the only pro-European movement in Sweden for young people. We organize trips and seminars across Europe to raise the awareness of the positive effects of a European co-operation. We believe that Sweden should join the Euro-zone and become an active partner in the European co-operation.

Max Faxälv

President

Max Nordin

Vice-President

Clara Klint

International Officer

Contact:

Write to JEF Sweden!

Contact email: info@ungaeuropeer.se

Website and Social Media:

JEF Switzerland

JEF-Switzerland (Young European Swiss | YES) is a political Swiss youth organisation and its main objective is the rapid accession of Switzerland to the European Union.

As the only pro-European voice of Swiss youth, yes would like to raise awareness on the importance of European integration in young people and young adults, to inform them about current challenges in Switzerland’s relations with Europe and draw attention to questions of European policy.

The association strives for Switzerland’s active participation in the project of European integration as well as designing together a democratic, transparent and federalist EU.

Cécile Kessler

President

Roc Loré

Vice-President

Severin Schweizer

International Officer

Noemi Steiner

Secretary General

Contact:

Write to JEF Switzerland!

Severin Schweizer: severin.schweizer@y-e-s.ch

Website and Social Media:

JEF United Kingdom

JEF United Kingdom (Young European Movement UK) is the main pro-European organisation for people aged 18-35 in the UK. It was created by and for young people of all political walks and beliefs who share a common interest in Europe and the European Union. We have a very close partnership with the European Movement (EM) UK, and we are the national section of JEF Europe in the UK.

As our country is going through tumultuous times, so are we, struggling to find our place in this post-EU membership environment. In this process of self-consolidation as organisation both externally and internally, we are relying on every single member and volunteer to chip in with their motivation, their ideas and their energy.

Please get in touch!

Alex Molyneux

President

Julius Lajtha

International Officer

Secretary General

Contact:

Write to JEF United Kingdom!

Julius Lajtha: treasurer@yem.org.uk or lajtha@outlook.com

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Candidate Sections


Although we have members all around Europe, there are not established national sections in all European countries. We do have several Candidate Sections, that are there to create a network for JEFers to be active in. After organising successful activities, these activists can apply for candidate status at our statutory meetings. If the section remains active during the next 2 years, carries out JEF’s policies and commits to the JEF spirit, they can be accepted as full member sections during the next statutory meeting.

Please find below an overview of candidate sections, which we are currently in touch with (last updated April 2020):

  • JEF Romania

Interest Groups


Before an organisation is recognized as candidate section, people in countries where JEF is not present yet can form an interest group.

Each Executive Board Member is responsible for coordinating some interest groups, and helping them in setting up a new section. If you don’t see a section or candidate section in a country where you think there should be one, contact us to set up an interest group! 

Please find below an overview of interest groups, which we are currently in touch with (last updated April 2020):

  • Albania
  • Belarus
  • Estonia
  • Ireland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine

How to become a JEF section?


How to Build Up a New JEF Section

1. Build motivation!

2. Recruit!

How to make sure that internal communication within your team and towards your members run smoothly? Here are some tools to help you out.

A concise guide to using MailChimp, a free and user-friendly tool which will allow you to manage a proper newsletter to keep your members updated on your recent and forthcoming activities.

How to introduce JEF to external partners? How to advertise an event? How to run a website and social networks? Find some tips included in the files below!

Campaigning

If you campaign you engage in political warfare. Your goal is to change a specific status, which others defend. To be successful you will need to know the terrain, the means to overcome the defence, who is on your side and you need to put all this into plan. You might dislike this military metaphor but it is a fitting one. Be aware: a political campaign needs to stir up conflict. If your organisation is afraid of arguments then forget about campaigning. Otherwise continue to read. The article starts with a discussion on what a campaign is – and what not. In the second part it explains practical aspects of campaigning. The third part focuses on the challenges to campaign across borders.

Countering Euroscepticism

Eurosceptics have been in the European Parliament since its very first election. Internal criticism and opposition are fundamental parts of democracy. That is why the supporters of European integration should not fear the rise of euroscepticism. Whereas the projected rise of euroscepticism is unlikely to have a large influence on the positions of the European Parliament, those who support further European integration should not feel at ease. Rather, they should be reminded that their arguments must be clear and persuasive for European citizens.

Twitter Guide

There are many social media platforms available and each of them has its specificities. Twitter seems to have less features and less audience than Facebook but it may be more appropriate for political campaigning. This article wishes to help you start with Twitter or to provide ideas to use it more efficiently.

Public Speaking

The aim of this paper is to give you a brief overview of the main things to think about when it comes to public speaking. It includes the definition borrowed from Wikipedia, a few useful tips, an illustration of the different type of presentations, and a 10 point list of how one can ruin a presentation. Despite being a seasoned public speaker myself I have to admit that some of the simple steps discussed hereinafter is something that I should adhere to more diligently myself and, more importantly should help make public speaking better experience – for both you and your audience.

How to find new ideas and make them work? Below you can find a brief introduction to writing articles for our The New Federalist webzine.

What is the Europe at School toolkit? What other tools and materials can you use to help implement pedagogical programmes? Find out more by checking out the materials below!

Europe at School

How to take the most out of JEF? Try out for example our twinning programme, join pan-European events and attend international seminars!

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.

Federalists Meet the MEPs | UEF - JEF Joint Pan-European Action

In continuation to the demands European Federalists have presented to the 2014 European election candidates, we now reach out to the new Parliament to present ourselves and the Federalist proposals to its new members.

Together with European Federalists everyone is invited to join in a joint UEF-JEF pan-European action and “Meet your MEPs” from now to the end of the year.

In particular all national, regional and local JEF & UEF sections are now able to organize meetings with their local MEP either bilaterally or along public discussion, seminar or conference.

You can find below the Action Kit with more information and tools you can adapt to your needs.

How to apply for and manage public grants or private partnerships? Find out more by checking out the guide below!

Funding

This segment concerns funding for pan-European youth organisations: where to get it, how to increase your chances of getting your application approved and what to make of the changing nature of European-level funding. It also explores some trends in funding for the NGO sector in Europe. The farther we venture into the future the less certain the predictions of this segment get, but nonetheless I hope that this segment offers some seed for thought for all readers interested in funding.