What is JEF?

The Young European Federalists (JEF Europe) is a political youth NGO advocating for the creation of a democratic European federation as a guarantee for peace, the rule of law and human rights. JEF Europe promotes true European citizenship, works for the widening and deepening of the European Union and strives for a more just and integrated society on the European continent and beyond. Established in 1972, the organisation has more than 10,000 activists organised in over 250 national, regional and local sections in 33 countries. The ideals and aims of JEF Europe are defined in the Manifesto of Ventotene, the Political Platform and resolutions adopted by its statutory bodies.

As federalists, we believe that Europeans can achieve long-term peace and prosperity if they work together and see the continent as one community that benefits from its diversity. Following the motto “Simply a generation ahead”, we want Europe to complete the integration process started after World War II and meet the challenges of the 21st century. We hope this development can be accompanied and followed by similar processes elsewhere, leading to the creation of a democratic world federation and a more peaceful, just and sustainable global order.

At the same time, we reject the concept of a centralised European super-state. The federal model we promote is based on subsidiarity, keeping the power of national, regional and local authorities over all issues that can be successfully tackled at their levels of governance. The role of the federation is to solve problems that require a pan-European approach in such areas as environmental protection, economic stability, energy supply, digital transition, international security,  management of migration flows or protection of fundamental rights and freedoms both inside and outside Europe.

Every day, we promote our vision of Europe through political advocacy, projects and communication activities, including:

  • street actions, demonstrations and campaigns to raise awareness of European affairs among the public;
  • dialogue and collaboration with organisations, institutions and decision-makers from across the political spectrum;
  • press releases on political matters and publishing online magazines where pro-European youth can voice their opinion;
  • training courses and seminars about European affairs for our members and interested activists;
  • meetings and exchanges fostering contacts between young Europeans.
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