« Antidemocratic and xenophobic forces of Europe have always been attracted by the European unity dream, the mystic of the imperial Rome»
(FB - 1998)
" Being a citizen is a voluntary act "
(FB - 2009)
"Thinking about the future only makes sense if it is aimed at improving one’s thinking about the present and about the trends at work"
(FB - 1998)
"The European project is not a dream, but a hope. It is rooted in rationality, which is not the case with dreams. We Europeans have seen our dreams end in nightmares too often not to be suspicious."
(FB - 2005)
"The strength of a network is judged at the information level of the weakest link, or more precisely the link furthest from the centre of the network."
(FB - 2004)
"Europe's destiny is escaping the two "Greats" and it will come knocking on the door of the Europeans."
(FB - 1989)
"The history of Europe is a bit like a multifaceted diamond. Everyone sees the same diamond... but no one sees exactly the same facets."
(FB - E-storia project, 2004)
"Let us dare the future as the founding fathers of Europe did"
(FB - "From EU to Euroland", 2001)
"The European citizenship can not be decreed. The European citizen can only be born..."
(FB - 1992)
"Every state is a minority in the EU. In any case, let’s not forget that if all our states went into building the EU it is because they all felt too small to face alone both their future and the rest of the world."
(FB - 2003)
"From a single (EU) Currency to a single (EU) Citizenship. The euro is only an instrument."
(FB - 1997)
"An empire is always providing platforms where conflicts and wars prolife­rate... an empire needs enemies, whilst a Community requires partners."
(FB - 1992)
"Europe’s history has taught us that dreams and nightmares are the two faces of the same coin"
(FB - “Europe is Peace” 2006)
"Everybody wants to have a successful enlargement whereas it is a successful enlarged EU which is important."
(FB - 2002)
"It is clear that the existing national political parties can not serve two masters: national and European."
(FB - IDE, 1989)
"It takes teamwork to make Europe move forward."
(FB - 2005)
"There is nothing like one European. The European is a team of Europeans... the only way we can imagine a European, it is a team of people from different countries, not a single man or woman."
(FB - Enschede (NL) 2012)
"On the horizon with a heaven of freedom and a land of responsibility, this is perhaps the soul of Europe."
(FB - 1992)
"The future challenge for the European project is not about Europe anymore, it is about the Europeans."
(FB - 2005)
"The more Brussels speaks English, the less Brussels understands the Europeans"
(FB - 2004)
"Occupy the Future of Europe!"
("What do YOU want as a future for AEGEE?" Franck Biancheri at the 2012 Agora in Enschede)
"To combine new technologies and democratic principles to succeed in the entry of European integration in the 21st century or e-democracy at the service of Euro-democracy"
(FB - EUSV, 2001)
"In the years 00 of the 21st century, democratization can only take place in the perspective of the democratic election of a European executive that remains to be invented."
(FB - EUSV, 2001)
"We must build the European Community, otherwise Europe will soon be culturally Americanised, politically Finlandised and technologically Japanised"
EGEE I, 1984

Franck Biancheri Year 2015 – Special 30th anniversary: the « Night of the Seven Antennae – Reloaded »

A Franck Biancheri Year… every year

Last year, AAFB and AEGEE-Europe launched a sustainable project aimed at paying tribute to and acknowledging what we owe Franck with a view to help us build on this grand heritage of ours. Thus we launch the Franck Biancheri Year in partnership with AAFB (Association des Amis de Franck Biancheri), an association created in the aftermath of his death aimed at gathering, synthesizing and publicizing his work.

The Franck Biancheri Year 2014 label was awarded to AEGEE-Delft

2015, a very special Franck Biancheri Year…

Today, as part of the celebration of AEGEE-Europe’s 30th anniversary, AAFB and AEGEE launch a special FBY Open-Call with a view to revive one of the most important and successful events in AEGEE’s History: The Night of the Seven Antennae 1986 (you are invited to discover this event by clicking on the link). In this magical event, for the first time EGEE broadcasted, together with the newspaper LE MONDE, political debates about the future of Europe between students and high level politicians simultaneously-held in seven different cities connected via Satellite.

Today, with the help of Internet and new technologies, we want ot revive the idea and host seven simultaneous events blending interviews, music performances and high profile guests from politics into a « Night of the Seven Antennae – Reloaded » event, coordinated and managed by AEGEE-Europe and the Anniversary Team.

And this is of concern to YOU !

AEGEE-Europe antennas are indeed kindly invited to present their proposals for this « Franck Biancheri Year – Special 30 » edition. The seven best projects will be awarded the FBY2015 label and receive 2,000 euros each in order to contribute to invent a new historical event : the « Night of the Seven Antennae – Reloaded ».

Here is the Open Call for Locals by AEGEE-Europe: 


Dear Network!

AEGEE is turning 30 soon, on April 2015, and we plan to celebrate this anniversary and look forward to the many more AEGEE decades to come! We want these celebrations to be a shared and inclusive experience for the whole network and this is why we are issuing this open call!

Therefore, in order to celebrate such big achievements, AEGEE-Europe is launching for the second year, together with the Association Amis de Franck Biancheri, the Franck Biancheri Year project. We will together commemorate the founder of AEGEE-Europe, who strongly believed that citizens were key in the success of the European construction and that a European democracy was not just a moral aim, but a prerequisite of sustainability of European construction altogether.

We are looking for seven antennae that are willing to host seven separate three day events in the middle of March (13/03/2015-15/03/2015) similar to the night of the 7 cities that took place in 1986! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFsGEw6wcx8) (In 1986 EGEE organizes, together with the newspaper LE MONDE, the Night of the 7 European cities, broadcasting political debates about the future of Europe between students and high level politicians from seven different cities.*)

All participating antennae in these simultaneous events will work closely with AEGEE-Europe and the AnniTeam and receive guidance and support from the Content Managers of the Anniversary Team.

The events should take the form of an open dialogue/discussion with local politicians and stakeholders regarding the future of Europe and students’ and youth’s involvement in it. The conferences should also be in accordance with the final anniversary conference’s theme ‘Europe in me – me in Europe’.


Europe in me – Me in Europe


The role of youth in the construction of the future of Europe

Suggested topics:

  • Europe needs youth!
  • Old Europe, New Europe
  • Democratic innovations
  • AEGEE as a provider of non-formal educational tools
  • Mobility programmes shaping European identity

We would strongly encourage proposals which include the following :

  • inclusion of discussions with politicians and stakeholders in your city about the future of Europe and about students’
  • reference to the events that took place in 1986, during the Night of the Seven Antennae  (knowledge, reference, display of images…)
  • highlights on Franck Biancheri’s character, ideas and work
  • connection with AAFB network of Friends and resource centre
  • trans-antennae networking capacity
  • creativity of envisaged programme (« happenings », topics of discussions, …)
  • public relation (capacity to mobilise local and national personalities and to draw media attention)
  • web expertise (with a view to contributing to the creation of a Night of the seven Antennae website)
  • attention paid to multilingualism

Of course, your own thoughts and ideas regarding the structure and content of the events will be more than welcome!

Proposals will be examined by a Selection Committee made of members of both AEGEE-Europe and AAFB. Every one of the 7 winning antennae will be granted 2.000 euro for its contribution to the organisation of the event and for highlighting the FBY label all through its programme of the year.

So what we ask from you is to prepare a 2-3 pages proposal with:

  1. a detailed description of the event you wish to prepare
  2. project team members / task division
  3. an estimated budget
  4. an indication of the number of participants you will be able to facilitate and also if you will be inviting participants from other locals.

All applications should be sent to aegee30anniversary@gmail.com, the deadline to apply is: 16th November 2014 at 23:59 CET.

Here’s the timeline for the overall project:

29/10 – 16/11: Open Call for submission

20/11 : Selection Committee and publication of winning-antennas

06/01 : Update of program draft/budget and transfer of first half of the grant

13-15/03: Night of Seven Antennae will take place

31/05 : Presentation of project results and transfer of the other half of the grant

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us or the

AAFB! (coordination@franck-biancheri.eu – Christel Hahn)



Anna, Evita, Johannes, Mara, Réka, Veronika and Aleksandra

*AEGEE History Toolkit

Download here: Open Call for Locals