« 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

Invitation: Europe2020 Euro-Citizens Directory Handover Ceremony, Thursday 22nd of October 2020

Finally here it comes! This is your’s! You are History! Save the date and join the event made for you on 22nd of October 2020 at 4.00 pm.


Join the Europe2020 Handover Ceremony with the Fondation Jean Monnet pour l’Europe.


The ceremony will consist of a solemn online handover of the Directory to Fondation Jean Monnet Europe – Lausanne. This Directory is the living memory of the 1985-2020 historical Euro-citizen engagement for a political and democratic Union, thus completing the Franck Biancheri archives’ handover of 2019. The Ceremony will be followed by a 1,5-hour discussion on : What role – if any – of our generation – in the European History episode that opened up so dramatically this year ?


Provisional Programme 22 October 2020


4.00 pm – 5.00 pm: Handover Ceremony
. Opening speeches by Gilles Grin, Director of FJME, and Marie-Hélène Caillol, President of LEAP/Franck Biancheri Foundation
. Visit of the Franck Biancheri archives section at FJME – virtual tour
. Presentation of the Directory, by Jordi Lafon
. Speeches on the historical dimension of this movement of Euro-Citizenship
. Solemn handover


5.00 pm – 6.30 pm: Debate “What role – if any – for our generation of Euro-Citizens in the next chapter of European history ? (moderated by Veronique Swinkels)
. Problematic
. Tour de table
. Conclusion


Online event, the discussion room is reserved to members of the Franck Biancheri Directory of Euro-Citizens only. Live streaming will be accessible on youtube.


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