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(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

[:en]Happy birthday, Franck![:fr]Bon anniversaire Franck ![:]

[:en]Franck Biancheri would have been 58 years old today.

This year, his friends, gathered in Association to preserve, promote and defend his immense heritage, have a beautiful gift to offer to his memory.

Indeed, we are currently taking an important step forward in the process of recognising Franck’s immense contribution to European history thanks to the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe, which has done us the honour of welcoming the archives of Franck Biancheri alongside those of Jean Monnet.

The signing of the agreement to donate our archives will give rise to a small solemn ceremony at the Foundation’s premises in Lausanne on 22 March, in the presence of her daughter Carla Biancheri, and to which those who would like to join are welcome to make themselves known (info@franck-biancheri.eu).

Biancheri was the most successful embodiment of the European dream of a generation fed at the breast of ERASMUS, Schengen, and the Euro, the “European generation” born in the 1960s/1970s.

His vision of a Europe drawing its political power and international influence from democratic legitimacy is certainly becoming a reality, but this is happening too late, too badly, too suddenly, and the resulting Europe will be far from the one Franck had hoped for and for which he fought so hard.

Through the acceptance of the records of this journey by the Jean Monnet Europe Foundation, this hope will enter the European pantheon.
If this dream has not yet taken shape, it can, it must still inspire the new generations who are currently developing their own vision of Europe.

We thank you for the testimonies we have received and publish some of the most significant below:

Beyond the honour in memory of Franck, this is also an important milestone in the history of the construction of Europe. Indeed, as Jean Monnet had done before him, through all the grassroots movements and ´bottom-up’ he set up, Franck also set himself the objective of bringing together men and women committed to the objective of European unification. With his strength of conviction and his method he succeeded. It is therefore very important for researchers and European citizens to have the opportunity to consult Franck’s archives in the future alongside those of Jean Monnet. “Stelios Christopoulos

It’s a fantastic recognition of the work and I would say of Frank’s life! “Giacomo Neri

What good news and what a beautiful destination for the archives, congratulations! “Tanja Masson-Zwaan

This signature is excellent news for the memory and perpetuation of Franck’s work” Jean-François Bernicot

I am delighted with the news of this welcome by the Jean Monnet Foundation. “Alain Lamassoure

I am very happy to learn that Franck’s archives will be housed in the premises of the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe. “Christian Hunt

It’s a beautiful process, equal to Franck’s action” Bernard Establie

The last 7 years after Franck’s death I have had more of a sense of what achievement means; the achievements that remain are greater than our existence. European History will remember the name, the work, the activity of Franck Bianchieri.“Cleopatra Lorintiu

We pay tribute to Franck because he left behind him an idea that is making its way as well as many spiritual heirs to carry it. “Philippe Mazuel (PACE)

Happy birthday, Franck!


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 [:fr]Franck Biancheri aurait eu 58 ans aujourd’hui.

Cette année, ses amis réunis en Association pour conserver, promouvoir et défendre son immense héritage, ont un beau cadeau à offrir à sa mémoire.

En effet, nous franchissons actuellement une étape importante dans le processus de reconnaissance de l’immense contribution de Franck à l’Histoire européenne grâce à la Fondation Jean Monnet pour l’Europe qui nous a fait l’honneur de souhaiter accueillir les archives de Franck Biancheri aux côtés de celles de Jean Monnet.

La signature de la convention de don de nos archives donnera lieu à une petite cérémonie solennelle en les locaux de la Fondation – à Lausanne le 22 mars, en la présence de sa fille Carla Biancheri, et à laquelle ceux qui souhaiteraient se joindre sont les bienvenus en se faisant connaître (info@franck-biancheri.eu).

Biancheri était l’incarnation la plus aboutie du rêve d’Europe d’une génération nourrie aux mamelles d’ERASMUS, Schengen, et de l’Euro, « génération Europe » née dans les années 60/70. La vision qu’il a portée d’une Europe puisant son pouvoir politique et son influence internationale dans la légitimité démocratique est certes en train de se concrétiser mais cette concrétisation a lieu trop tard, trop mal, trop brutalement, et l’Europe qui en résultera sera bien loin de celle que Franck avait espérée et pour laquelle il s’est tant battu.

Par cet accueil des archives de ce parcours auprès de la Fondation Jean Monnet Europe, cet espoir entre au panthéon européen.

S’il n’a pas vu le jour, il peut, il doit encore inspirer les nouvelles générations qui posent actuellement leur propre vision de l’Europe.

Nous remercions pour les témoignages que nous avons reçus et publions ci-dessous quelques uns des plus significatifs:

« Au delà de l’honneur à la mémoire de Franck, il s’agit aussi d’une étape importante dans l’histoire de la construction de l’Europe. En effet, comme Jean Monnet l’avait fait avant lui, à travers tous les mouvements de base et ´bottom-up’ qu’il a mis en place, Franck s’est aussi fixé comme objectif de rassembler des hommes et des femmes engagés vers l’objectif de l’unification européenne. Avec sa force de conviction et sa méthode il a réussi. C’est donc très important pour les chercheurs et les citoyens européens d’avoir la possibilité de consulter à l’avenir les archives de Franck aux côtés de celles de Jean Monnet. » Stelios Christopoulos

« C’est une fantastique reconnaissance du travail et je dirais de la vie de Franck! » Giacomo Neri

« Quelle bonne nouvelle et quelle belle destination pour les archives, félicitations!! » Tanja Masson-Zwaan

« Cette signature est une excellente nouvelle pour le souvenir et la perpétuation de l’oeuvre de Franck » Jean-François Bernicot

« Je me réjouis de la nouvelle de cet accueil par la Fondation Jean Monnet. » Alain Lamassoure

« Je suis très heureux d’apprendre que les archives de Franck seront hébergées dans les locaux de la Fondation Jean Monnet pour l’Europe. » Christian Hunt

« C’est une belle démarche, à la hauteur de l’action de Franck » Bernard Establie

« … les dernières 7 ans après la mort de Franck j’ai ressenti davantage le sens des grandes choses, des choses qui restent qui sont plus grandes que notre existence: L’histoire de L’Europe va retenir le nom, l’oeuvre, l’activité de Franck Bianchieri. Désolée de ne pas pouvoir les joindre pour l’hommage public qui lui serra rendu a Lausanne au siège de la Fondation… » Cleopatra Lorintiu

« Nous rendons hommage à Franck car il a laissé derrière lui une idée qui fait son chemin ainsi que de nombreux héritier(e)s spirituel(le)s pour la porter. » Philippe Mazuel (PACE)

Bon anniversaire Franck !

-> Invitation à la cérémonie de remise des archives auprès de la Fondation Jean Monnet pour l’Europe, 22/03/2019:

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