PRESS RELEASE: The European Movement International Elects New President and Board
Saturday 25 November 2017, Brussels
On Friday 24 November, members of the European Movement International gathered in Brussels for the annual Federal Assembly of the organisation. As well as having discussions on the future direction of the network, the meeting served as an opportunity for members to elect the new President, Vice-President and Board Members.
The votes were counted on Friday evening and the results announced this morning. The European Movement is happy to say that Eva Maydell MEP has been elected as its new President, and Anna Widegren, Federica Sabbati, Brando Benifei MEP, Bernd Hüttemann, Yves Bertoncini, and Natasa Owens, as Vice Presidents, and Maria Heider as Treasurer.
The new Board of the European Movement International has become younger and more diverse, and a wider range of cultures, languages and professional backgrounds is now represented.
The newly elected President Eva Maydell said: “Truly understanding the big responsibility that EM International members gave me today, I want to thank them all for the support. I promise to respond with all my energy and lead the EM International in the creation of the new story for Europe; a story that tells more about our bright future on the continent than about our national past.”
The European Movement International would also like to thank Jo Leinen MEP, who has served two terms as an engaged and dedicated President. Mr Leinen said: “The new EMI president Eva Maydell stands for a united and prosperous Europe and is a well-respected member of the European Parliament. Together with a dedicated team she will continue the EM International’s proud legacy of working for a more democratic and successful European Union.”
Brando Benifei MEP who has just been elected as a Vice President stated: “I’m truly honoured for this election, I think it’s crucial that through a “big tent” organisation like European Movement International many different actors in civil society, youth organisations, interest groups and institutional representatives unite under a common agenda of progress and renewal of the European project;”
Bernd Hüttemann, who is serving a second term as Vice President said: “This is a cool, fresh start for the longest-standing and biggest pro-European network, something we definitely need with all the work we have ahead of us.”
Petros Fassoulas, the current Secretary General gave his reaction to the elections: We are excited to have a new, younger, gender-balanced and diverse Board, which reflects the breadth and depth of the European Movement. I am looking forward to building on the work we have been doing, in Brussels and across Europe, to promote European integration and the values and ideals the EU stands for.”
In addition to the President, Vice Presidents and Treasurer, the following people have been elected to the Board:
- Miguel Angel Benedicto
- Maja Bobic
- Christine Bosse
- Pier Virgilio Dastoli
- Valentin Dupouey
- Florian Hauger
- Christof-Sebastian Klitz
- Roselyne Lefrançois
- Luc Martens
- Valeria Ronzitti
- Aura Salla
- Ela Taskent
The European Movement is the largest pan-European network of pro-European organisations. It is present in over 30 countries and encompasses 36 international associations, bringing together European civil society, business, trade unions, NGOs, political parties, local authorities and academia. Founded nearly 70 years ago, we have continuously advocated in favour of European cooperation and integration, based on the principles of peace, democracy, liberty, solidarity, equality, justice, and respect for human rights and the rule of law.
Today the European Movement seeks to provide a platform to encourage and facilitate the active participation of citizens and stakeholders from a cross-section of sectors in the development of European solutions to our common challenges. We offer thought leadership on the issues that confront Europe; we seek to inform the debates on our Union’s future, involve citizens and stakeholders in the decisions that affect them and influence policy-makers in favour of an open, inclusive, transparent and united Europe
Lucinda Pearson, Press and Communications Manager
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