Job Vacancies: Policy Officer and Communications Officer in the UEF Secretariat
Deadline for application: 11 March 2022
The European Federalists… …is a non-governmental pan-European organisation, dedicated to the promotion of closer European integration and a democratic and federal Europe. The UEF was founded in 1946 and today is active in many European countries. We organise campaigns, debates, seminars, actions and other events across Europe on key European issues and federalism. We dialogue with European institutions and national policy-makers to promote a united and federal Europe. The current main focus of work is the Conference on the Future of Europe, in which UEF is represented as the part of civil society in the delegation of the European Movement International. We are looking for… … an above-average committed and flexible personality with a successfully completed Bachelor’s or Master’s degree preferably in the fields of European law, political science, communication, to work in the following areas:
Drafting of the monthly newsletter « UEF Insider » and the fortnightly newsletter on CoFoE « The Time is Now ».
Supporting the implementation of communication strategy and activities;
Supporting the UEF Secretariat in internal and external communication activities (including on social media);
Supporting the organisation of statutory and other internal and external meetings, etc., e.g. Congress, Federal Committee, Political Commissions, Conferences & Debates, Receptions;
Contributing to the management of day-to-day administrative tasks ;
Supporting the organisation of statutory and other internal and external meetings, etc., e.g. Congress, Federal Committee, Political Commissions, Conferences & Debates, Receptions;
Supporting the conception and implementation of different projects;
Supporting the conception and implementation of the UEF-Network Academy;
Administrative support to the Political Commissions of the UEF;
Assisting the preparation of opinions, statements and working papers of the organization;
Contributing to the management of day-to-day administrative tasks.
Professional experience in the aforementioned areas;
The ability to grasp complex issues precisely and to process and abstract processes independently;
The ability to structure and organise oneself independently;
Readiness to work, resilience and flexibility;
Willingness to travel on business;
A confident handling of IT media ;
Persuasiveness and assertiveness;
A very good ability to express oneself in English and another official language of the EU
Ability to work in a team.
Fixed term contract of 12 months under Belgian law – possibility to prolong the contract
Monthly ticket for public transport in Brussels (part of salary) + food voucher + travel reimbursements when travelling for UEF
The Ventotene Manifesto: A New Take For a Federal Europe Wednesday, 2 March 2022 19h – 21h
Dear federalists friends,
We are pleased to invite you to the event « The Ventotene Manifesto: A New Take For a Federal Europe » that will take place on Wednesday 2 March 2022 at 19:00 – 21:00h in Brussels and remotely. Find the event programme below:
Please, register here if you are willing to participate. We kindly remind you to indicate whether you will join physically or online.
In the aftermath of the pandemic, Europe is facing unprecedented and pressing challenges. With the Conference on the Future of Europe close to the final stages of its work to address these challenges, the 2022 hybrid edition of Civil Society Days will explore how Europe can become more resilient through a just transition; one that will benefit people and the environment and, at the same time, increase European prosperity. Join online the discussions with distinguished speakers, who will be sharing their views on the challenges of a fit-for-future economy that creates shared prosperity, and take part in our seven workshops to explore the key role of civil society in this endeavour.
This year, UEF will organize together with Social Economy Europe (SEE) and in cooperation with the EESC section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion (ECO) and the Consultative Committee on Industrial Change (CCMI) the workshop nº6 « A green social market economy for the Future of Europe« .
We all condemn in the strongest possible terms the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, a free and sovereign country in the heart of Europe.
This is not only an attack on Ukraine, but also on the security of Europe, the international order, peace and democracy. Therefore, we need
Firstly, firmness towards Russia, full economic response must be declared. The new package of sanctions already under discussion should be massive and unprecedented;
Secondly, solidarity with Ukraine, we must provide political, financial and material support;
Thirdly, unity in Europe, we must continue to show solidarity. This has been the case since the beginning of the crisis, within and between all European institutions. We must step up our fight against disinformation in all our Member States. And work even harder to build a sovereign and powerful Europe.
Voilà des années que les tensions entre l’Ukraine et la Russie n’ont pas
été aussi fortes. Le stationnement massif de troupes russes à proximité des
frontières du pays fait craindre une invasion de la part de Moscou. La crise
actuelle a été provoquée par le renforcement constant du dispositif militaire
russe en Ukraine et dans les environs, ainsi que par l’utilisation
déstabilisatrice d’attaques hybrides, notamment de désinformation et de
cyberattaques, contre les institutions gouvernementales ukrainiennes.
La frénésie de négociations internationales de la semaine dernière n’ayant
débouché sur aucune avancée, la Russie semble se préparer à une nouvelle
agression contre l’Ukraine. Mais l’Union européenne (UE) est toujours en train
de calibrer sa réponse potentielle.
L’UEF fait la même évaluation que les institutions européennes de la
gravité de la situation et elle souhaite que les efforts diplomatiques soient
couronnés de succès. Nous sommes solidaires de l’Ukraine et de ses citoyens et
nous confirmons à nouveau notre soutien sans équivoque à la souveraineté et à
l’intégrité territoriale de l’Ukraine à l’intérieur de ses frontières internationalement
reconnues. L’Ukraine est un pays libre et souverain et l’UE doit continuer de
se tenir à ses côtés.
L’UE doit faire usage de sa principale force – l’influence économique – et
se préparer à le faire de manière stratégique pour parer à toutes les
éventualités. Il n’y a pas d’autre moyen pour l’Union de persuader les grandes
puissances qui se disputent l’avenir de l’Europe de ce qu’elle est une force
avec laquelle on doit compter. Nous devons continuer de soutenir les militaires
et les civils ukrainiens en leur fournissant les moyens de se préparer, allant
de l’énergie à la cybersécurité.
« L’UE n’est pas parvenue à
préparer un ensemble robuste de sanctions à imposer à la Russie pour le cas où
le pays envahirait à nouveau l’Ukraine. Ce ne sont là que de piètres excuses
pour justifier l’inaction. Une UE fédérale dont la politique étrangère ne serait
pas soumise à des menaces de veto individuelles serait plus efficace. Cette
nouvelle crise est l’occasion pour l’UE d’être plus mûre, plus souveraine et
plus indépendante et de devenir un acteur mondial indépendant, qui agit
rapidement et vigoureusement chaque fois qu’une crise éclate, avec des
partenaires si c’est possible mais seul si nécessaire. Nous attendons avec
impatience le nouveau document de la boussole stratégique de l’UE – dont le
besoin est aujourd’hui plus urgent que jamais – et un suivi des conclusions de
la conférence sur l’avenir de l’Europe qui pourrait conduire à une UE plus
démocratique, plus souveraine et plus forte dans le monde » déclare Sandro
GOZI, président de l’UEF et député européen, en appelant à une amélioration
déterminée de la politique étrangère, de sécurité et de défense de l’UE.
« Nous devons nous appuyer sur la diplomatie
pour parvenir à un accord qui profite à toutes les parties impliquées dans ce
conflit, y compris l’UE. Nous avons besoin d’une politique étrangère pour
gagner en engageant les États-Unis, la Russie et l’Ukraine à débloquer les
conclut M. GOZI.
Nous considérons que l’avenir du peuple ukrainien et celui des autres pays
du Partenariat oriental, ainsi que celui de la Russie, se trouve en Europe.
Nous sommes convaincus qu’il existe un avenir radieux pour l’Ukraine et son
La fin de la Seconde Guerre
mondiale a entraîné un nouvel ordre fondé sur la confrontation de deux grands
blocs. Le bloc occidental s’était organisé militairement autour de l’OTAN
(1949) et, en réponse, l’URSS avait promu le Pacte de Varsovie (1955).
L’Ukraine faisait partie de cet accord en tant que république soviétique au
sein du bloc de l’Est.
En 1991, l’Union soviétique a été dissoute et les quinze républiques ont déclaré leur indépendance. L’Ukraine compte une importante minorité russophone, très présente dans l’est du pays et dans la péninsule de Crimée. Comme la Russie, l’Ukraine a connu dans les années 1990 une profonde dépression économique. L’effondrement de l’URSS a permis à l’OTAN d’étendre son influence en Europe de l’Est. Cette expansion inquiétait Moscou, qui ne put cependant l’éviter. La décennie des années 2000 a été turbulente pour l’Ukraine, le pays étant contrôlé par des oligarques proches de Moscou, dont les politiques répressives du gouvernement ont ralenti la modernisation et a conduit à la révolution orange et à la révolution « Euromaidan ». Avec les derniers gouvernements, certaines réformes pro-européennes ont provoqué des protestations en Crimée, où la majorité de la population est pro-russe. La Russie a profité de la situation et a envahi la péninsule de Crimée, sur la mer Noire. L’Europe a imposé des sanctions économiques à la Russie. Dans le même temps, des affrontements armés ont commencé dans le Dombass, mais le conflit est resté gelé jusqu’à aujourd’hui.
Tensions between Ukraine and Russia are at their highest in years, with a Russian troop build-up near the two nations’ borders spurring fears that Moscow could launch an invasion. The current crisis has been provoked by an ongoing Russian military build-up in and around Ukraine, as well as the destabilising use of hybrid attacks, including disinformation and cyber-attacks, on Ukrainian government institutions.
This week, EU Member States have given their political agreement for a new package of sanctions against Russia, after Putin’s decision to recognise the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk and sending troops to these areas. This decision violates the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. Russia is not respecting its international obligations, and it is violating core principles of international law.
UEF welcomes the EU’s package of sanctions. We stand with Ukraine and its citizens and reaffirm unequivocal support to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders. Ukraine is a free and sovereign country and the EU must continue to stand by its side.
We must act on a double track: the first one, the one related to the urgency, to respond with sanctions to Putin and pursue the diplomatic option. If the EU pursues and increases the sanctions, a compensation mechanism must be created in favour of the affected EU firms.
At the same time, in parallel, we must take steps forward on the military and energy autonomy of Europe. A federal EU whose foreign policy was not subject to individual veto threats would be more effective. This new crisis is an opportunity for the EU to become more mature, sovereign and an independent global actor, who act rapidly and robustly whenever a crisis erupts, with partners if possible and alone when necessary. We are eagerly awaiting the EU’s new Strategic Compass document – now needed more urgently than ever – and a follow up on the Conference on the Future of Europe conclusions that might lead to a more democratic, sovereign and stronger EU in the world.
As you already know, this project is contributing to raising awareness on the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) and setting up the new European Bauhaus by mirroring citizens’ feelings on Europe through art. In order to meet our innovative approach, we count on renown urban artist Antonyo Marest. With your contributions we will be painting murals in different cities across Europe.
In our next stop in Piraeus, Greece, we will be painting a mural based on the idea of « Climate change and the environment », one of the topics of the CoFoE.
We would like to ask you to answer the questions below so that we can paint the future Europe together! #MakeEuropeBloom
The Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) has entered its hot political phase and I want to express my appreciation for your dedication and commitment.
Being present in a structured and effective way, as well as being recognisable on the CoFoE Multilingual Digital Platform with our proposals, became a necessary condition both for conveying its political message and for enhancing meetings on the ground at all levels. The aim was to be influential in order to condition future decision-making processes, to bring out the drive for reform of the European Treaties, unavoidable if it emerged from the debate and the requests of citizens, on the platform – the only tool at our disposal to convey ideas and political message. From there, we, federalists, conveyed both to the European citizens’ panels and, above all, to the plenary session.
With a view to a debate aiming at advancing federalist demands, we encouraged our Sections and Members to organise debates linked to our political proposals on the platform. For nearly a year, you have been boosting your efforts to raise awareness about this positive momentum, with a view to engage citizens directly, and to gain wider support for our ideas, projects, and proposals. Therefore, I wish to thank you for crowding the squares of your cities and towns, for organising conferences and workshops in schools, universities, and inside your sections.
During this past year, we have seen enormous growth in the support and visibility of federalist ideas, especially those aimed at strengthening European Democracy. You have been integral to the important advances we have made, particularly promoting a stronger pan-European democracy — real European political parties and movements and proper campaigns for European elections, based on the creation of a pan-European constituency and transnational electoral lists headed by the candidates for President of the European Commission. Moreover, we have also called for the need for a political and fiscal Union that can tackle the great transnational challenges of our time, acting decisively on a wide range of policy areas, from climate change, growing social inequalities, health and migration to foreign affairs and defense.
Our collective efforts together with JEF and the Spinelli Group, yielded a great outcome for the federalist ideas in the CoFoE Multilingual Digital Platform. This was only possible through your commitment of time and effort, which was especially notable during this final rush campaigning together for a more sovereign, democratic and federal Europe.Again, I would like to thank you for all your invaluable contributions and your continued commitment to the federalist values and mission of our organisation. Yours faithfully,
EINLADUNG 1. Föderalistisches Kolloquium | Mehr Europa durch transnationale Regionen
En coopération avec Forum EUROPA, fondation sans but lucratif, Luxembourg,
l’Académie Européenne d’Otzenhausen et d’autres partenaires européens de la
Grande Région et de la Région du Rhin Supérieur, l’Union des fédéralistes
européens de la Sarre (Europa-Union Saar) invite les citoyens intéressés à un
colloque le dimanche 6 mars 2022, de 9h30 à 13h30.
En collaboration avec des experts politiques et scientifiques, nous
souhaitons réaliser une expérience de pensée : Comment faire pour que la Grande
Région et la Région métropolitaine trinationale du Rhin Supérieur deviennent
les germes de nouvelles collectivités territoriales européennes, au sein
desquelles l’Union européenne de demain peut être construite ?
Veuillez consulter le programme ci-dessous pour toute information complémentaire. En cliquant ici, vous accédez au formulaire d’inscription. En cas de problèmes techniques, vous trouverez également toutes les informations sur le colloque sur notre site web : www.eu-saar.de. Cet événement est soutenu par Forum EUROPA a.s.b.l., fondation sans but lucratif (Luxembourg). Nous la remercions chaleureusement pour son soutien.
PANEL RECOMMENDATIONS ON EU IN THE WORLD AND MIGRATION
The final meeting of the fourth European Citizens’ Panel took place on 11-13 February 2022 in Maastricht, the Netherlands.
On Sunday, the European Citizens’ Panel on ‘EU in the world / Migration’ voted through its 40 recommendations for the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE). The Panel worked around five work streams: self-reliance and stability; the EU as an international partner; a strong EU in a peaceful world; migration from a human perspective; and responsibility and solidarity across the EU. The Panellists’ recommendations stem from their previous work carried out during two sessions, held in Strasbourg on 15-17 October 2021 and online on 26-28 November.
The third and final meeting of the Panel, comprising around 200 people of different ages and backgrounds, from all Member States, was hosted by the European Institute of Public Administration in Maastricht and Studio Europa Maastricht.
After exchanging views on all aspects of migration, panellists recommended measures to address its causes and regulate it in a humanitarian way, to better integrate refugees and to share responsibilities among all EU countries.
Participants noted that migration is not necessarily a problem. They proposed giving access to the European labour market to asylum seekers with relevant qualifications and improving conditions for workers migrating within the EU.
Inequalities along external EU borders were also highlighted. To address that, participants recommended that the European border agency Frontex is reinforced and made more transparent.
The EU in the world
The EU’s dependence on imports of strategic goods, such as medicines, semiconductors, energy and food, was a major concern. The panel recommended better support for local production and increasing the output of renewable energy in order to reduce dependency “to the largest possible extent”.
It also proposed that most decisions in the field of foreign affairs be taken by qualified majority instead of unanimity to speed up responses to crises and to consolidate the EU’s presence in the world through a united front.
The EU should also apply restrictions to imports from countries that don’t comply with ethical or environmental criteria and promote values like human rights and democracy abroad, panellists recommended.
METSOLA: “MAKE SURE YOUR VOICE IS HEARD”
Parliament President Roberta Metsola answered questions live on social media about health, climate change and inequality
Engaging young people in the future of the EU
As only the third woman to lead the European Parliament, President Metsola said she is grateful to the women who came before her for breaking barriers. Her advice to young girls is: “Make sure your voice is heard. Never wait for somebody else to talk for you. You have a voice that can be as loud and the integrity of your argument can matter.”
She invited young people to express their ideas on Europe by participating in the CoFoE. “Send your messages, we will listen to them. It’s our responsibility, because in 2024 I need to convince [everyone], together with my colleagues here, that this place is worth keeping, because we are working for you,” she said, referring to the European elections.
Strengthening Parliament’s role in the EU
Metsola said Parliament has a “golden opportunity” to transform into a modern, effective and efficient institution and to draw lessons from the pandemic. She stressed Parliament wants the power to propose new laws, because Europeans want it to do more as the only directly-elected EU institution. “Let’s make sure we don’t hide behind political inability or unwillingness by saying there is no solution.”
MATTARELLA AND THE FUTURE OF EUROPE
President Sergio Mattarella, who was just re-elected for a second mandate, pro-European sentiments have recently been witnessed during a ceremony on the island of Ventotene in August where: he paid homage to the grave of Altiero Spinelli (co-author of the Ventotene Manifesto), who was in confinement on the island during the fascist regime.
Mattarella also endorsed the CoFoE. This deliberative democracy experiment “cannot be a grey passage with no historical vision, but must be an opportunity to define, with courage, a Union that is a protagonist in the international community,” the president said.
THE MAASTRICHT TREATY ANNIVERSARY
In 1984, the European Parliament adopted the draft of a European Constitution, which could still solve problems the EU faces today: nearly completely abolishing national vetoes, deciding the EU budget by Parliament and Council together, the EU court checking member states on questions of human rights and the rule of law, health and other societal policies to be a shared competence between EU and member states.
This courageous move 38 years ago is a wake-up call to pro-Europeans while the CoFoE is entering into its decision-making phase.
On 14 February, UEF, the Spinelli Group, JEF Europe and Movimento Europeo Italia organised an event to commemorate the Spinelli Draft Treaty’s approval by the European Parliament in 1984. We counted with current MEPs and renowned witnesses to explain the key features of the so-called Spinelli Project and how it can still inspire the future of Europe today.
Find here the full statement and here you can rewatch the discussion.
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT DELEGATION TO THE COFOE
On 9 February, the parliamentary delegations to CoFoE had their first joint debate, focusing on European democracy and EU decision-making.
The European Parliament hosted the first joint meeting of EU and national parliamentarians participating in the CoFoE. The purpose of the meeting is to foster closer collaboration between MEPs and MPs, and to take stock of the recent Conference Plenary session that considered the recommendations from two European Citizens’ Panels and National Panels.
Strengthening European democracy
The first part of the meeting, chaired by Pieyre-Alexandre Anglade of the French National Assembly, focused on the legislative powers and democratic control exercised by parliaments, European elections, and EU decision-making. Most speakers agreed that, as the directly elected representatives of European citizens at national and EU level, MEPs and MPs share a responsibility to safeguard all democratic processes within the EU. Many spoke of the need to draw lessons from the application of the Maastricht and Lisbon Treaties, and to reform the EU to deal with challenges old and new.
In this vein, many supported Parliament’s call for a full right of legislative initiative. Others focused on the opportunity to establish transnational lists in European elections, debated proposals to directly elect the President of the Commission, and spoke on reforming the institutional roles of the Council and the Commission. Moving away from unanimity in the Council was proposed by many MEPs and MPs alike, as well as enhancing the role of national parliaments in the EU legislative process – with ideas for a revamped “green/yellow/red card” system for subsidiarity checks. Transparency in EU decision-making was another key point, with some speakers stating that citizens need to be able to know who among EU and member states’ institutions decides what. A few speakers took the floor to argue that the EU’s competences should be rolled back, calling for less European integration.
The EU’s role in the world and economic priorities
The second item on the agenda (chaired by Jean-François Rapin from the French Senate) included a debate on the EU Common Foreign, Security and Defence Policy, and on economic governance and the EU budget. Speakers focused on a broad range of issues. However, the common denominator for most of them was the need to tackle challenges posed by third countries, whether close to the EU’s border or in the international scene, through more efficient decision-making and effective coordinated action. Ideas brought to the table include moving away from unanimity in the Council, closer and more long-term alignment of economic and industrial policies, fostering strategic autonomy across multiple key sectors, and reviewing the role of the High Representative of the Union.
Citizens’ participation in democratic processes
The final debate, chaired by Parliament’s Co-Chair of the Executive Board of the Conference Guy Verhofstadt, was on the introduction of a permanent EU mechanism for citizens’ participation and consultation. Speakers took the floor to discuss lessons from the CoFoE’s structures and ideas like establishing a permanent online agora for EU citizens, a periodic consultation mechanism, and an obligatory “jury duty”-style call for citizens to engage in an EU-wide consultation process. Some speakers debated the appropriate balance between participatory processes and democratic representation.
Eighty Panel representatives (20 from each of the four Panels, of which at least one-third is aged between 16 and 25 years) have been tasked with presenting and debating the recommendations of all Panels at the Conference Plenary, where the CoFoE’s final proposals will be shaped. The next Conference Plenary is set to take place 11-12 March in Strasbourg.
There will therefore be four plenaries (two in March, and two in April, all in Strasbourg), as well as the concluding event to be held on 9 May.
The three Presidents of the CoFoE will make a common political declaration, to be prepared by the three Co-Chairs, at the concluding event on 9 May. Thereafter, the three Institutions should ensure an appropriate follow-up, with a GAC discussion, an EP resolution in June, at the European Council in June, as well as in the Commission’s State of the Union debate and legislative programme in September. The final report of the CoFoE should be concluded by the end of this year/beginning of next year.
Therefore, the four plenaries will focus on:
10-12 March I: discussions on recommendations from Panel 1 (Dublin) and Panel 4 (Maastricht)
24-26 March II: Presentation and discussion of the WGs’ draft proposals
7-9 April I: Presentation and discussion of the WGs’ draft proposals
28-30 April II: Plenary to adopt the CoFoE proposals
9 May concluding event (preceded by a social event/dinner on 8 May): Presentation by the three Presidents and the three co-Chairs
In the meantime, and up until 20 February, citizens across Europe can also continue to take part in the CoFoE through the multilingual digital platform.
Hope for EU treaty reform springs eternal. Frustrated with the current state of affairs, the number of governments clamouring for the introduction of QMV in Council decision-making on CFSP matters has been growing. Perhaps the outcomes of the upcoming French and Hungarian elections, or indeed that other CoFoE, will tip the balance and lead to an alignment of European stars.
Professor Kalypso Nicolaïdis (Chair in global affairs at the European University Institute in Florence) said that CoFoE, stakeholders have done the best they can do, but to make it a permanent exercise within the EU, there needs to be room for constructive criticism.
Proposal from the FMA to the CoFoE. The aim of this proposal, is to achieve a broad consensus within the FMA and its Reflection Group on the Future of Europe for a contribution to the plenary session of the CoFoE.
Citizens contributing to the CoFoE, the EU’s democracy engagement project, have made recommendations to widen the rule of law across member states, following views that there is a systemic conflictual climate between Poland and the EU.
The CoFoE is the first example of the systematic and structured involvement of EU citizens in shaping future policies that will significantly impact and shape our lives and the lives of future generations. We entered this process determined in the desire for the result to be a reform of the union that will reflect the wishes and demands of the citizens.