« 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 Award 2018 Aegee-Salerno: “Representation Needs Participation: European Elections” – Results booklet

The conference “Representation Needs Participation: European Elections” took place from the 13th to 15th of April 2018 in Salerno. It took part as an activity related to the Franck Biancheri Award granted to AEGEE-Salerno and was co-organised with the Civic Education Working Group. The topic was dedicated to the idea of transnational lists and the European Elections.



The Association des Amis de Franck Biancheri (AAFB/ Friends of Franck Biancheri) was founded shortly after Franck’s death in 2012 to continue his legacy. AAFB grants each year, since 2014, the award to one AEGEE local to remember and to promote Franck’s work and ideas connected to European decision-making processes.


The topic chosen for the conference is connected to Franck’s vision on trans-european democracy in European Union politics. This includes his creation of the two parties: IDE in 1989 and Newropeans in 2009 both running for European elections. The motivation behind the chosen topic is the current need for more transnational democracy in Europe. […]


The aim of the conference was to discuss these ideas from today’s perspective. For this, the current European election system was explained, alternatives to it were introduced and compared and ideas for the future were drafted by the participants. […]


The content of the conference was prepared by the content team from the Civic Education Working Group with the content manager Dorothea Harles and the team consisting of Saramijn Lujken, Julia Hanesz, Joanna Pankowska, Mirek La and Maria Ballesteros Melero. Members from AEGEE-Salerno were taking care of the organisational part with the main organizer Sonia Della Sala, treasurer Luigi Avino, including Giancarlo Mennillo, Federico Melella, Guilia Sabini, Francesco Barbarito, Raffaele Brillantino, Rosa Mennillo, and many others helping during the conference.


Read more here: FB Award 2018 AEGEE-Salerno – Results_booklet