This is the new edition of the JEF Belgium Newsflash! - Events will be held in the language they are announced in. 
March 2013

JEF Belgium Elects a New Board

After an immensely successful year of hard work, performed by the JEF Belgium Board of 2012, the torch has been handed to a new bureau of JEF Belgium which has been elected last weekend.

Conny Hoffmann, the former president of JEF Leiden and Secretary-General of JEF Belgium, has been elected as the new President of JEF Belgium.

The full board composition is as follows:

Conny Hoffmann

26 years old, originally from Germany, living in Antwerp and doing a PhD in Political Science. Active in JEF for 5 years: vice-president of a local German Section, local section founder in the Netherlands and JEF Belgium's former Secretary-General.

Ariel Zealot

Political scientist with extensive experience in communication and in creative work across Europe and in North America, now based in Brussels. 
Active in JEF Brussels as the Communication Officer.

Florent Verfaillie

25 years old, MA graduate in European Governance at the University of Kent with a passion for federalism. Currently the Treasurer of JEF Brussels and the Actions and Events Officer at the Union of European Federalists.

Activity Officer:
Daan Pelckmans

In mid-twenties, living in Gent, armed with a Master in EU Studies and a master in Geography. Ex-international officer, vice-president and local sections officer of JEF Belgium and organiser of the first cross-border seminar.

International Officer:
Sarah Declercq

Originally from Kortrijk, now living in Leuven and studying Political Science.
Lived in France  for a European Voluntary Service, working for the Robert Schuman Centre.

Local Sections Officer:
Cédric Fernández Alonso

Student in Public Administration at the University College Ghent. Active in JEF for multiple years, currently the Vice-President of JEF Gent.

Political Secretary:
Goele Janssen

21 years old and very European.
Studying European Studies at the MA level at Ghent University.
Currently working as an intern at the European Parliament and a very active member of JEF Gent.

Political Secretary:
Peter Oomsels

Public Administration researcher at the KU Leuven, preparing a Ph.D thesis in social sciences. Former President of JEF Belgium, currently in the board of the European Movement Belgium, member of the Union of European Federalists and the European Federal Party.

Laura Corbett, Monica Tiberi and Jeremy van Gorp are directly elected as members of the newly (re)introduced JEF Belgium Federal Committee (FC). They will convene together with the delegates from the local sections and the members of the national board in three weeks to prepare the JEF Europe FC in Athens.

JEF Liège Gets a New Board

The largest city of Wallonia now has a brand new JEF section that has received a warm welcome into the JEF family.

The Liège board members were elected to the following functions:
President: Sébastien Pirlet
Vice President and Secretary-General: Benjamin Pirlet
Treasurer: Delphine Nyssen 
Activity Officers: Charlotte Cordewin, Mathias Berger
Recruitment and Communication Officer: Zoya Rosic
International Contacts & Editor-in-Chief: Jennypher Vervier
Political Secretaries: Wissem Amimi, Benoît Lagasse and Maxime Lafosse
Board member: Ena Delić

We wish them a fruitful and productive European year ahead. All the best, young federalists!

For congratulations and further collaboration, contact them via email.

JEF Local Section Award

JEF sections organise a lot of successful and innovative actions. We want to celebrate their creativity by rewarding the most innovative and successful action at each FC.

Has your local section done something extraordingy, innovative and successful? A webpage, a street action, a seminar, an exchange or something completely different? Do you think that your local section should be nominated for the JEF local section award?
Then don't hesitate to send a presentation of this success story (including information on the date, location, budget, participants, impact, pictures/videos) to by Friday, March 29.
The final selection will be made by the JEF Belgium board during their meeting on 3rd April.

We're looking forward to your contributions!

Report: JEF Belgium Training Days

On the weekend of March 13-14, JEF Belgium hosted its own Training Days in the heart of the capital city.

For those who were not able to attend, JEF Brussels member Hamza Serry-Senhaji wrote an extensive article to offer a glimpse into a great time that was had by the participants. Read on to learn what to look forward to at the next Training Days.
Photo: Christian Weickhmann

JEF Brussels: Free Belarus Action
March 20 at 6.30 PM

JEF Brussels is organizing the action for Free Belarus, divided into two parts:

FIRST PART: Writing a speech
JEF Brussels is going to write a crowdsourced speech to demand a Belarus, free of dictatorial oppression.

SECOND PART: Recording a video
All JEFers are invited to join in today at 18.30 to record the speech on camera. Each participant will say a part of the speech.

Where: The meeting spot is in the UEF quarters at 6.30 pm. The address is UEF international office, Square de Meeus 25, Brussels.
A dress code is in effect: All-black clothes. A group picture will also be organised on the same night.

How: If you would like to participate to this second part please send us an email at

FREE BELARUS action is a JEF Europe initiative, organised every year around 18th March, the anniversary of Lukashenka's condemned election victor, in which all local sections take part. 
Here is all the additional information that you need about the event.

Two Speed Europe? Federal Solutions? Debate
March 20 [FR/EN]

The UEF Groupe Europe is organizing a debate with Jean-Claude PIRIS, former head of the Council’s Legal service, and Rafał TRZASKOWSKI, Polish MEP, EPP Spokesman in AFCO.
The debate will unfold today, on Wednesday, March 20 at 18.00 in the location on Rue Van Maerlant 2/2, Brussels. It will be in French and English.

The debate will tackle some current hot issues: Is “differentiated integration” the key to closer economic and political union in the EU? Which are the different solutions? How can the democratic challenge be met? 
You can find more information on the debate here.

Spinelli Group Forum: March 25 2013

This is the long-talked-about Spinelli Forum event that you cannot miss:
The European Federalism explained to children… and to the heads of State and Government (Le Fédéralisme européen expliqué aux enfants… et aux chefs d’Etat et de gouvernement)

This heavily anticipated all-day event will include some of the key European federalist names: Guy VERHOFSTADT, Daniel COHN-BENDIT, Isabelle DURANT, Sylvie GOULARD, Andrew DUFF, Jo LEINEN and many more.

You can register for the event here, the registration is free. If you cannot participate live, a live web stream will be available for viewing on the Spinelli Group website.

The event will be at the Brussels Square Meeting Centre. Here is how to get there.

Detailed info on the event is available here.

JEF Belgium FC meeting: April 13 2013

The JEF Belgium FC will convene on Saturday, April 13 at 16.00 in Brussels to discuss JEF Belgium's position regarding the resolutions submitted for discussion at JEF Europe's Federal Committee, which will take place from April 19 to 21 in Athens.
The JEF Belgium FC consists of the Executive Board of JEF Belgium, three directly elected members (Monica Tiberi, Laura Corbett and Jeremy Van Gorp), two delegates of every local section and an unlimited number of observers. Local sections are asked to send the names and email addresses of their delegates by email to by April 12 at the latest.
Draft resolutions by local sections or individual members can be sent to by April 12th at the latest.

We hope to see you at our (first) JEF Belgium FC meeting.

Federalism or Fragmentation:
Spelling out Europe's F-word
April 22

The Brussels Think Tank Dialogue, an annual policy forum for critical reflection on the EU, presents its fourth installment on federalism.
This meeting of the ten leading Brussels-based think tanks will take a close look at Federalism or Fragmentation: Spelling out Europe’s F-word.
They will be joined in the debate by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, and others.

The application deadline is set for April 16. The event will be unfolding at the Residence Palace (Rue de la Loi 155, 1040 Brussels).

To get more information or register, click here.

Save the Date: March 27 2013

JEF Brussels Monthly Apero Event

On Wednesday, March 27, JEF Brussels will hold its traditional monthly drinks event. Come hang out and debate with us late in the evening!

The details are to follow soon, stay tuned and keep an eye on our Facebook page.

Save the Date: April 13-14 2013
JEF Maastricht Comes to Brussels

After a hugely successful weekend in Maastricht, the Exchange for Europe, organised by JEF Maastricht & JEF Brussels, continues with full federalist force.

Part II of this "Past and Future" conference will occur on the weekend of April 13-14, so don't forget to note the date in your calendar now and keep your eye on the JEF Brussels website for further announcements regarding the event.
Contact: JEF Brussels

In this issue

The New JEF Belgium Board

The New JEF Liege Board

JEF Brussels Free Belarus Action
March 20 at 18.30

Two Speed Europe Debate

The much anticipated European Federalism explained to children Event

The Upcoming JEF Belgium FC Meeting

JEF Brussels Apero and Exchange

and much more... 

Events calendar

JEF Brussels Free Belarus Action

Two Speed Europe? Federal Solutions? Debate

The European Federalism explained to children… and to the heads of State and Government

JEF Brussels Monthly Drinks Event

Strasbourg - Stuttgart Seminar

JEF Belgium FC Meeting

JEF Maastricht & JEF Brussels Exchange for Europe

The European Federalism explained to children… and to the heads of State and Government

Federalism or Fragmentation: Spelling out Europe's F-word

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