« 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

[:en]Anne Hidalgo declares “I am in favour of voting from the age of 16 and we are going to experiment with it in Paris” (AAFB in brief)[:fr]Anne Hidalgo déclare « Je suis favorable au vote dès 16 ans et nous allons l’expérimenter à Paris » (Brève AAFB)[:]


Voting right from the age of 16 to vote for European elections, a proposal that was on Newropeans’ agenda for European elections in 2009!

On the occasion of the European elections, young people aged 16 to 18 will be able to participate in a parallel election organised in the twelve municipal high schools says the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo: “The idea is one of a life-size experiment, in the conditions of reality. In our project, young people aged 16 to 18 attending the twelve municipal high schools would vote in their schools just before 26 May, with ballots and in polling booths as in all polling stations. But, of course, their votes will not be integrated into the national election. And the results will be published after May 26, so as not to interfere with the official election.” (Le Monde, 11/04/2019) – (original French)

Newropeans’ proposal:

3.1. Entitled to vote:

Following Newropeans’ proposal on the age of vote (Newropeans’ programme art. II.4.) p17), every citizen of the EU can vote from the age of 16 years old to the European elections, in particular to ensure a better representativity of citizens in our growing old countries. Any European citizen who lives or has lived and is registered on due time (upon national rules) on electoral lists of one member state can vote in this country. A Newropeans’ Unique European Electoral law proposal (UEEL), 2010


Droit de vote dès 16 ans aux élections européennes, une proposition qui figurait au programme de Newropeans pour les Européennes de 2009!

A l’occasion des européennes, des jeunes de 16 à 18 ans vont pouvoir participer à un scrutin parallèle organisé dans les douze lycées municipaux, annonce la maire de Paris, Anne Hidalgo: “L’idée est celle d’une expérimentation grandeur nature, dans les conditions du réel. Dans notre projet, les jeunes de 16 à 18 ans scolarisés dans les douze lycées municipaux voteraient dans leurs établissements un peu avant le 26 mai, avec des bulletins et dans des isoloirs comme dans tous les bureaux de vote. Mais, évidemment, leurs voix ne seront pas intégrées dans le scrutin national. Et les résultats seront publiés après le 26 mai, pour ne pas interférer avec l’élection officielle.” (Le Monde, 11/04/2019)

La proposition Newropeans:

III. Droit de vote

3.1. Electeurs

En application de la proposition Newropeans sur le droit de vote, tout citoyen ressortissant de l’UE peut voter aux élections européennes à partir de l’âge de 16 ans, notamment pour assurer une meilleure représentativité de l’équilibre générationnel. Tout citoyen européen qui est enregistré sur les listes électorales d’un état membre en temps nécessaire (suivant la législation nationale) peut voter dans ce pays. Tout citoyen européen ne peut voter que dans un seul pays. – Proposition Newropeans de Loi Électorale Européenne Unique (LEEU), 2010