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JEF INFO – 9 September 2014

Ioan Bucuras as Secretary-General of the Young European Federalists

Dear members,

I feel more than delighted and privileged to be part of this lovely European family and am ready to take over the mandate of Secretary General of JEF Europe.

Allow me to introduce myself: my name is Ioan, I come from Romania and have worked with European Youth NGOs for more than 3 years and graduated in Political Science at the University of Vienna. I got acquainted to JEF during my time at the helm of a partner organisation. The solid cooperation with JEF and the successful projects we implemented together attracted me to this NGO, its values and ideals. Finally, I attended the Federal Committee in Cambridge last spring, where I have been ratified in my new position.

As you know my predecessor did a magnificent job, bringing added value to JEF, managing with great tact and ability several European grants and projects simultaneously. I would like to thank him for his detailed guidance and patience throughout the hand-over period we have had in August in the European Secretariat in Brussels. He has been truly an inspiration and role-model for the Secretariat and I wish Federico all the best for his future endeavors and a quiet well deserved rest after almost two years of hard work!

For the upcoming two years I will deliver the best I can, continuing the management of the European Secretariat in the same professional manner, the good implementation of the annual work plan and organisation of events and their development. I consider myself very lucky to have such a dedicated and motivated Board and quality people in our Secretariat to assist me kick-start in my new position properly!

Finally, thank you for your trust and I am very much looking forward to making the best out of these two years and working with all of you!

Federalist regards,

Ioan Bucuras

Presentation of Ioan

Coming from a multicultural background, Ioan was born in Timisoara (Romania) and studied Political Science at the University of Vienna and became an Oxbridge Learning Academy Honors Alumni. He completed an internship in the European Parliament and worked with European Youth NGOs for three years, successfully implementing a European-wide network of political simulations of the European decision-making process.

In March 2014 he has been appointed as the new Secretary General of JEF Europe for the following two years. His main objective will be the organisation of a European workshop tackling major issues – a dialogue between decision-makers, officials and youth representatives.

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Co – organized by JEF Europe and JEF-Belarus, the International Seminar “United Europe – Democracy at all levels” will take place in Minsk, from 9 to 14 November 2014.

Practical Information

Deadline for applications: 24 September 2014

Participation fee: 120€ for JEF Members, 150€ for Non-JEF Members 70€ for Belarussian participants. (There are 10 scholarships of 50€ provided upon request)

Travel reimbursement: 70% of the travel costs (up to max 200€)

*JEF Europe and JEF Belarus will assist in visa procedures if needed.

**Do not book your ticket and/or pay the participation fee before you receive an e-mail confirmation regarding your selection

For more information, read the full call for participants with the provisional schedule. To apply, please fill out this form. More information >>>

Towards a Federal Europe: Challenges & Opportunities in Foreign, Security & Defense Policy

The UEF and JEF Political Commissions dealing with Foreign Affairs will hold a joint meeting to discuss in more detail some of the federalists’ proposals on Europe’s Foreign and Security Policy and EU’s role in the world and particularly in the regions bordering the EU.

Practical Information

Deadline: 30 September 2014.

WHO – Mainly for members of the Political Commissions of the Federal Committees of UEF and JEF dealing with foreign affairs and Europe’s role in the world. However, it is also open to other FC members interested in the subject.

WHERE – The meeting will be held in Vienna on Saturday 18 October (whole day), in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and Sunday 19 October (morning), in the Office of the UEF/European Movement Austria.

WHATFind the draft programme here

HOW – No participation fee is due. UEF will reimburse 70% of the total travel costs, up to a maximum of 250 Euros, and will provide the lunch and dinner on Saturday and the coffee breaks on Saturday and Sunday. Participants will take care of their accommodation.

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Mana Livardjani (

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EMI Training Academy in Brussels

There are still a few places left for the 22-28 September training in Brussels! On the programme:

  • Visits to the EU institutions (European Parliament, European Commission, European Economic and Social Committee, European Council): not the usual group visit for tourists! These are visits with EU officials, we will show you what goes on behind the scenes…
  • Meetings with professionals: EU officials, NGOs, European political parties, lobbyists, European youth organisations etc…: learn about what they do, how they got there, what the challenges are and how to influence Europe today
  • Visit the College of Europe in Bruges and spend a day in the “Venice of the North”
  • An unforgettable multicultural experience at the heart of Europe!

To register, send a CV and short motivation letter to training-academy(at) Registration fees: 250euros: includes tuition, welcome dinner, certificate at the end of the training 790euros: includes accommodation, lunches, local transport, welcome dinner, certificate Members of AEGEE, JEF and ESN are entitled to a reduction of the fees. All details on EMI’s web site.

Winter School on Federalism and Governance

The Winter School on Federalism and Governance, that will take place the 2-13 February 2015 in Austria,  is a cross-border postgraduate programme designed for participants from all nationalities who wish to upgrade their knowledge on federalism and multilevel governance via an interdisciplinary and comparative approach.

The Winter School 2015 explores how federalism contributes to a multilevel, integrated and pluralistic decision-making. The 10-day programme will analyse the methods, instruments and forms of participation in multilayered systems and will present case studies from various countries. It is a unique opportunity to receive training on theoretical and practical aspects of federalism and governance.

For more information you can read the flyer and visit the website.

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