The UNION OF EUROPEAN FEDERALISTS (UEF) is a European
non-governmental organisation, campaigning for a
* 1 History
* 1.1 Presidents * 1.2 Secretaries General
* 2 Organization
* 2.1 Congress * 2.2 Federal Committee * 2.3 Bureau * 2.4 Conference of Representatives * 2.5 President * 2.6 Treasurer * 2.7 Secretary-General * 2.8 Arbitration Board
* 3 Member organisations * 4 Mission * 5 See also * 6 Further reading * 7 References * 8 External links
The foundation of the UEF goes back to the meeting of 78
representatives of federalist movements from 16
At a second meeting in
After getting a legal status UEF campaigned for the European Federal
Pact . It consisted of an attempt to transform the Advisory Assembly
of the Council of
After rejection of the EDC project the federalists became increasingly divided as to the strategy to be followed by the U.E.F. between those who, following Altiero Spinelli (1907–1986), favoured the constitutional approach, and those who preferred a step-by-step approach. The former could not be satisfied with a mere common market ; the latter fully supported it. This conflict led to a split of the UEF in July 1956 and its division into two organisations: the "Mouvement Fédéraliste Européen " (M.F.E.), formed from militants of the former constitutional persuasion, and the "Action Européenne Fédéraliste " (A.E.F.) bringing together those of the latter.
But once the customs union had been established, bringing with it the
prospect of developing into an economic and monetary union , the two
federalist organisations came to agree on the desirability of coming
together to relaunch their political activities, built around the
campaign for direct elections to the
The next most important activities of UEF were a lot of public
demonstrations attracting thousands of participants. For example, the
demonstration in conjunction with the
The fall of the
The most important part of the history of UEF in the last decade was
the Campaign for the Federal
Presidents of the Executive Board
Presidents (until 1966 of the "Presidents of the Central Committee")
* Henri Genet 1947
Henry Frenay 1948–1949
Hendrik Brugmans 1950
Eugen Kogon 1950–1952
Henry Frenay 1955
* Grégoire Gafenco 1956
* Enzo Giacchero 1957
* Enzo Giacchero 1959–1962
Etienne Hirsch 1964–1972
Etienne Hirsch – J.H.C Molenaar 1972
* Mario Albertini 1975–1982
* John Pinder 1984–1987
* Francesco Rossolillo 1989–1994
Jo Leinen 1997–2004
Mercedes Bresso 2006–2008
* Raymond Silva 1947–1948 * Albert Lohest 1949–1950 * Guglielmo Usellini 1950–1957 * André Delmas 1959–1962 * Orio Giarini 1962–1967 * Ludo Dierickx 1969 * Caterina Chizzola 1972–1989 * Gérard Vissels 1992–1994 * Bruno Boissière 1997–2004 * Friedhelm Frischenschlager 2005–2006 * Joan Marc Simon 2007–2010 * Christian Wenning 2010-2014 * Paolo Vacca since 2014
UEF consists of constituent organisations that are autonomous centres of UEF activities, reaching the EU citizens and spreading the UEF message to them by organising various activities in their countries. Constituent organisations are free to take up any activities within the general political framework of UEF at the European level.
The Congress is the 'general assembly' of UEF. It meets every two years; it consists of delegates of the UEF constituent organisations. It determines the policy of UEF, elects the UEF president, modifies provisions of the Statutes and elects half of the Federal Committee members.
The FC consists of members of whom 50% are elected directly by the UEF Congress and 50% by the constituent organisations. The members are elected to serve until the next UEF Congress. The FC determines the UEF political direction and activities between the Congresses. It organises the Congress, approves the annual budget and final account balances, draws up the rules of procedure of UEF, and elects the UEF Bureau and Treasurer.
Elected by the Federal Committee for a period of two years, the Bureau carries out the decisions of and is accountable to the Federal Committee.
CONFERENCE OF REPRESENTATIVES
It is convened upon the request of the UEF Bureau or at least two constituent organisations. The Conference gathers the representatives of the constituent organisations and of UEF supranational (namely, the President, Secretary-General and Treasurer). It presents its proposals to the Federal Committee and has an advisory and co-ordinating role. The Conference also determines the membership fee.
The UEF president is elected by the UEF Congress by absolute majority vote. He is also the President of the Federal Committee and of the UEF Bureau. Currently the UEF president is Elmar Brok , member of European Parliament.
Elected by the Federal Committee on the nomination of the Bureau, They are responsible for the management of the funds. They are accountable to the Federal Committee. The current UEF Treasurer is Olivier Hinnekens .
The UEF Secretary-General is responsible for running the UEF secretariat and carrying out the decisions delegated to them by the organs of UEF. They participate in the meetings of the organs of UEF without the right to vote. They are appointed by the Federal Committee on recommendation of the Bureau. Currently the UEF Secretary-General is Christian Wenning .
Consists of seven members elected by the Congress. It ensures the application of the Statutes and serves as an arbiter in case of disputes within the organisation.
States with member organisations of the Union of European Federalists in 2011
* U.E.F. België / U.E.F. Belgique
* U.E.F. Balgarija
* Unie evropských federalistů v České republice (U.E.F. Czech
* European Federalist Movement of Cyprus
* Eurooppafederalistit (U.E.F. Finland)
* European Federalist Movement Greece
* Union des fédéralistes européens (U.E.F. France)
Movimento Federalista Europeo (U.E.F. Italy)
The mission of the UEF is the following:
* To raise the awareness of the public about European issues, the
UEF is organising public debates, seminars, info stands, campaign and
street actions on key European issues and developments.
* To exercise pressure on the like-minded politicians by lobbying
actions, establishing Platforms (aiming to spread the understanding of
federalism) and initiating debates in the European and national
* To spread the ideas through a strong communication via press
releases, the UEF website and newsletter and other policy statements
to the widest European public and actors.
* To cooperate with others non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and
especially of the European Civil Society like the Young European
Federalists (JEF) and the
Jeunes Européens Fédéralistes
* Sergio Pistone (2008) (in German), The Union of European Federalists, Milan: Giuffrè Editore, ISBN 88-14-14251-3
* ^ Czech : http://www.uef.cz/ Official web of Unie evropských federalistů v České republice * ^ Polish : http://www.uef.lodz.pl/ Official home page of Unia Europejskich Federalistów POLSKA
* Official website * UEF Belgique * Archives of the Union of