« 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

It is now time to make the citizens the real driving force of the process of community construction. The word of the President, Franck Biancheri, on the congress EGEE1, April 16th, 1985

From the birth of an association to its first congress, especially one comparable in size to EGEE 1, there is often a fairly long time that elapses.


EGEE breaks with this “natural law”. Its first congress will coincide with its first six months of existence. Would this extraordinary evolution come from a different nature of EGEE? Certainly.


If this is so, it is because we wanted it to be so. EGEE has decided to be a movement where being European is not a position of meditation but where being European is acting for Europe. It is no longer a question of reflection but of giving the means for action. We believe that it is now time to make the citizens the real driving force of the process of community construction. And our analysis seems right because EGEE1 would have been impossible if we had not met an aspiration on the part of the student world and young people in general.


EGEE1 would also have been impossible if we had not found, in the European political class, particularly the French one, majority and opposition combined, a desire to help us; this unanimity proves that there is a powerful European feeling among the population but which unfortunately only materialises negatively.


Being European is not a plus! On the other hand, not being a European is a defect. And by this observation, one of the missions of EGEE is defined: to transform Europeanness into a positive feeling, a vector for action.


The thing we regret the most on the eve of EGEE 1 is the lack of awareness that companies have of their interests in Europe. Those who have agreed to help us are really the exceptions. However, to improve its image and to appear as a society in tune with its times and, above all, its future, Europe is an ideal means.


Franck Biancheri, President of the Association

16. April 1985 (original french)


Download the booklet of the EGEE1 congress here