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November 2013 Edition

The Wind of Change

The winter is coming. The winds have changed their direction. Nature is getting ready for its habitual slumber.
And yet despite that, JEF is teaming with life more than ever before: locally, nationally and internationally.

Nationally, our Political Secretary Peter Oomsels resigned from his post and the General Assembly elected Sébastien Pirlet to take his post. We welcome Sébastien in our midst and wish him a great term in his new role.
Next up at the European Congress in Paris, our very own Peter Oomsels was elected as the vice-president of JEF Europe.
Additionally, JEF Belgium member Monica TIberi was elected as a JEF Europe's Federal Committee Member.
Congratulations to both of them! May 
their days be long and their hardships few!
Federalist regards,
— JEF Belgium Board

JEF News

Short summary

JEF Belgium Board Meeting
Nov 20, Brussels

JEF Europe Dinner
Dec 7, Brussels


Nov 20
18:30, Brussels

Nov 25
JEF Gent Event

Nov 26
Débat européen

Nov 26
Midi citoyen européen

Nov 30-Dec 1
Grenoble Training
Grenoble, FR

Nov 30


Dec 7
Ryckevelde Debat

NEWS - JEF Europe Congress Brings a New Logo and Fresh Faces

In the first week of November, over 160 JEF delegates descended on Paris to adopt a new direction and look for JEF as an organisation. And succeed they did! The fruit of their contemplation and decisions were the adoption of a new political platform for JEF, elected a new Executive Board and Federal committee - with Pauline Gessant being the incumbent for the JEF Europe president - as well as an arbitration board and an auditors committee for the 2013-2015 mandate.
During the Congress, JEF also welcomed no less than seven new member sections: three as full members (JEF-Netherlands, JEF-Turkey, JEF-Armenia) and four new candidate sections (JEF-Iceland, JEF-Montenegro, JEF-Azerbaijan, JEF-Belarus).
The final major change was that the delegates approved a new, refreshed logotype, which you can see for yourself above on the left.

NOV 20 - JEF Belgium Board Meeting

Today, on Wednesday, November 20th in Brussels, JEF Belgium board meeting will be taking place at 19.00 in the UEF office (Square de Meeus 25) in Brussels. This is an excellent opportunity to get involved in the activities coordinated on the national level, and to get an idea how the JEF Belgium board works! We will join the JEF Brussels Apéro afterwards!

NOV 20 - JEF Brussels Apéro - Drinks, Brussels

A few weeks ago, JEF Brussels has elected its new board. A new year has now started for it, promising to be full of adventures, events, campaigns, deadlines, stress, frustration, but also pride.
In order to welcome the new board members - Hamza, Thibault, Colin and Hendrik (and also the 3 survivors - Ariel, Jeremy and Myriam) and to wish them luck, success, and lots of fun & motivation, JEF Brussels is organizing its traditional drinks event.
As usual, you will have the opportunity to meet students and other young professionals, friends, anyone who wants to fight for a better Europe or/and debate on European subjects.
The event is open to everyone, so feel free to invite friends or colleagues.

When? November, 20th, from 6.30pm onward!
Where? Ralph's Bar, PLUX (Place Lux)
More information on Facebook.


NOV 25 - Maandagavondlezingen, Gent

Europe Direct Oost-Vlaanderen organiseert ook dit jaar opnieuw haar Maandagavondlezingen in samenwerking met het Centrum voor EU Studies van de UGent.
Voor meer informatie en inschrijving ga naar de website.

NOV 26 - Débat européen, Louvain-la-neuve

JEF LLN is getting ready for its first activity. They will be organizing a debate between the four political horizons of Louvain-la-neuve, students and JEFfers.
They will debate different hot topics: crisis of the European social model, the lack of visibility from the EU and a federal EU as the aim of the European integration etc.
If you feel like meeting, debating, feeling, discovering, being charmed and getting a taste of Europe, join them on the 26th of November in the magnificent slab of Louvain-la-neuve!
More information on Facebook.
If you want to join, please notify them via email:

NOV 26 - Midi Citoyen européen, Bruxelles

Midi Citoyen européen vous présente Enjeux & éléments innovants du budget 2014-2020
Le déjeuner-débat se deroulera le mardi 26.11.2013 de 12:00 à 14:00 avec Philippe Lamberts, député européen, membre de la Commission des Affaires économiques et monétaires.
LIEU: Info-Point Schuman, rue ArchimeĢ€de 1, Bruxelles.
Inscription obligatoire en complétant ce formulaire online avant le dimanche 24 novembre 2013.
Le débat se déroulera en français. Les questions/réponses peuvent être formulées en français ou anglais.

NOV 29 - Training Seminar on JEF Activism, Grenoble, FR

A training seminar will unfold from November 29 to December 1st in Grenoble, France, and 5 JEF-Belgium members are invited to participate. Interested? Read onward.
The seminar will be held in French and will be touching several aspects of JEF's activism ("Europe à l'ecole, how to manage a stand, how to write in the JEF webzine etc.).
It is a great opportunity for meeting members of other sections, share ideas, criticism and so forth.
Cost: 25 euros, 50% of the travel costs are reimbursed - up to 100 euros. More info here.
If you want to sign up, send an email to asap!


Le grand débat - Het grote debat, Brussels

This grand debate will gather young people from the principal political parties in Belgium (CD&V, CDH, Ecolo, Groen, OpenVLD, MR, NVA, PS, sp.a et PTB), as well as young European federalist activists. The professional video recordings of the event will be then transmitted to several MEPs, who will react on them at the next debates organized by the European Movement Belgium.
All the themes will be discussed in French and in Dutch. Every table will have to discuss a different theme:
Immigration and cultural diversity, Environment and energy, The European Union in the World (external relations, conflicts prevention), Economic integration, Social policy
When: November, 30th (from 2pm til 5pm)
Where: IHECS building, downtown Brussels

Registration is required! Please send an e-mail to before Friday, November 22nd with your name, your preferred speaking language (french or dutch), your contact details and whether you would prefer to participate as a moderator or as a JEFer.

DEC 07 - Ryckevelde Debat: Klaar voor een Europese lente, Damme

In het Midden-Oosten komen massa's mensen op straat met een roep om democratie. Bij ons brengt dit net weinigen op de been, zeker voor het Europese niveau. Met de verkiezingen van mei 2014 in het vooruitzicht, stellen we onze mogelijkheden tot participatie in vraag: Is de EU democratisch? En indien niet, wat is het dan wel? En hoe kan het anders?
Voor het debat ‘Klaar voor een Europese lente’ verwelkomen we twee sprekers die elk hun antwoord geven op een specifieke vraag. Soetkin Verhaegen (KULeuven) vertelt ons "waarom 2014 potentieel het jaar van het democratisch verval van de EU wordt”. Daarna horen we van Koen Wynants (Antwerpen aan 't woord) "waarom 2014 het jaar van het heruitvinden van de democratie in de EU wordt".
Alle ingrediënten voor een boeiend debat zijn dus aanwezig. Wees er bij op zaterdag 7 december 2013 in het Ryckevelde kasteel (Damme).
Je vindt meer informatie en schrijft je online in.


DEC 7 - JEF Europe Dinner, Brussels

The new EB welcomes all interested JEFers in and around Brussels to join them for a dinner on the 7th December 2013. Registration for the dinner is possible until Monday 25th of November by sending an email to
The expected cost for the dinner is 20 EUR per person.
The location and time will be confirmed soon.


DEC 12 - SAVE THE DATE: JEF Gent Event, Gent

Op 12 december is er het ondertussen bekende Europees Jaaroverzicht van prof. Endrik Vos en VRT-journalist Rob Heirbaut. Plaats van het gebeuren is opnieuw de Groenzaal van het Sint-Bavohumaniora. Tickets zijn gratis, maar inschrijven is verplicht. Hou dus zeker onze Facebook pagina in de gaten!

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