« 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

Erasmus, Euro, Enlargement … Europe – RIP Jacques Delors the eurocitizen


It was with great emotion that we learned of the death of Jacques Delors, to whom we would like to pay a special tribute since our paths, and those of Franck Biancheri in particular at the very begining of his European path, crossed in the course of European history.


In 1985, Jacques Delors – a 60-year-old French politician and Minister of Finance and the Economy (1981/1984) – was appointed President of the Commission of the European Communities (a post he held until January 1995), and was to be a fundamental builder of the Europe we inherit today;


That same year, 1985, Franck Biancheri, a 24-year-old French student (old enough to be his son, or even his grandson), founded the EGEE association (Association des Etats Généraux des Étudiants d’Europe, which is still active today), and in April 1985 organized its very first congress, which welcomed some 350 European students to Paris, under the high patronage of French President François Mitterrand and the patronage of Commission President Jacques Delors (see archives EGEE).


Franck Biancheri would leave these first meetings with a mission: to launch the ERASMUS program, which would also be one of Jacques Delors’ first battle horses, enabling him to score one of the first victories in the tug-of-war between the European Commission and member states.


  • If, “the arrival of Jacques Delors marked new ambitions for this cooperation program” … it was “supported by the Association des États Généraux des Etudiants de l’Europe (AEGEE) created in 1985 around Franck Biancheri” declared in 2016 Elisabeth Guigou (then, General Secretary of the Comité interministériel pour les questions économiques de coopération européenne (SGCI), reporting to the Prime Minister and Finance Minister J. Delors).
  • In early 1987, AEGEE members met successively with Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers, Belgian Prime Minister Wilfried Martens and Helmut Kohl’s advisors. In addition to this European tour, François Mitterrand grants them a meeting during which the President proposes to support the creation of the Erasmus program.” (source: Melchior, 2016).


The other meeting point was the Euro.

Here too, for Jacques Delors, a purely economic, monetary and financial tool to carry the power of “Europe”. For Franck Biancheri, an instrument, the greatest political challenge the EU has ever faced, and the opportunity to create a vast community democratic space where citizens, and not just institutions, can take ownership of the EU, through voting and choice, as always in a democracy. (In “Tomorrow the Euro” – From a Euro-currency to a Euro-citizenship – Franck Biancheri, 1997).


For both Jacques Delors and Franck Biancheri, this crossroads will go down in the history of Europe on the one hand, and of Euro-citizens on the other.


While Jacques Delors worked on the techno-structural economic completion of European construction, Euro, enlargement, Schengen, the single market, subsidiarity in reverse, and so many other achievements… , Franck Biancheri worked on its democratization and on giving the citizens of Europe the indispensable tools for its governance: evaluation of community programs, defense of European languages, trans-European citizens’ think tanks, trans-European political parties, trans-European media, trans-European online elections, and so many other commitments…


RIP Jacques Delors ✞

In memory of Franck Biancheri, prematurely deceased in 2012, eurocitizenly yours,


The friends of Franck Biancheri