« 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

Organising the first Trans-European Election: Our campaign addressing the European Leaders [Press release – December 7, 2016]Notre campagne auprès des dirigeants européens pour l’organisation d’une première vraie élection transeuropéenne [Communiqué – 07/12/2016]

This open letter entitled “Countering the British “Coup d’Etats” with a European democratic blow – Towards a first real trans-European electionand edited by the Franck Biancheri Network, was sent by mail on 25th of November 2016 to the European Leaders listed below (National Heads of States and Heads of Governments, Foreign and European Affairs Ministers, Heads of European Institutions).

The Franck Biancheri Network gathers the friends and road-companions of Franck Biancheri, who passed away on October 30, 2012. He was the founder of AEGEE-Europe and father of the Erasmus Programme. In the name of his relentless struggle for European democratization facing the collapse of the European system, we, powerless European citizens, have decided to take up the challenge. Let us take our European destiny in our hands!

The next step will be YOURS! With a petition we are going to broadcast soon within the European social networks, we kindly invite you to join us in order to give democracy a chance: the citizens are Europe’s driving force so let’s decide altogether what is the Europe we want. A trans-European election is the only simple solution to show that EU is turning its face to its citizens … and it is feasible!

We do hope our political leaders will understand the stakes for the future of Europe, whilst we all have to face today the British coup, the Brexit.

Franck Biancheri Network

> The letter is also available in FrenchSpanish and German

– List of the European Leaders –

Schulz Martin President European Parliament
Dijsselbloem Jeroen President Eurogroup
Tusk Donald President European Council
Juncker Jean-Claude President European Commission
Maçaes Bruno Secretary State EU Affairs
Santos Silva Augusto Minister Foreign Affairs
Schäuble Wolfgang Finance Minister DE
Léglise-Costa Philippe Secretary State EU Affairs
Bartolone Claude President of the National Assembly
Lammert Norbert President Bundestag
Bracke Siegfried President House of Representatives
Arib Khadija President house of Representatives
Boldrini Laura President Camera
Ferro Rodrigues Eduardo President Assembly of the Republic
Hollande François President
Rajoy Mariano President
Kern Christian Chancellor
Michel Charles Prime Minister
Anastasiades Nicos President
Kaljulaid Kersti President
Niinistö Sauli President
Merkel Angela Chancellor
Kotzias Nikos Foreign Minister
D. Higgins Michael President
Renzi Matteo Prime Minister
Grybauskaitė Dalia President
Bettel Xavier Prime Minister
Muscat Joseph Prime Minister
Rutte Mark Prime Minister
Rebelo de Sousa Marcelo President
Costa António Prime Minister
Fico Robert Prime Minister
Cerar Miro Prime Minister
Valls Manuel Prime Minister
Gauck Joachim President
Mattarella Sergio President
Kurz Sebastian Foreign Minister
Reynders Didier Foreign Minister
Kasoulidis Ioannis Foreign Minister
Ligi Jürgen Foreign Minister
Soini Timo Foreign Minister
Ayrault Jean-Marc Foreign Minister
Steinmeier Frank-Walter Foreign Minister
Flanagan Charles Foreign Minister
Gentiloni Paolo Foreign Minister
Linkevičius Linas Antanas Foreign Minister
Asselborn Jean Foreign Minister
Vella George William Foreign Minister
Koenders Bert Foreign Minister
Santos Silva Augusto Foreign Minister
Lajčák Miroslav Foreign Minister
Erjavec Karl Foreign Minister
García-Margallo José Manuel Foreign Minister
Mogherini Federica European Affairs Minister
Tsipras Alexis Prime Minister
Van Reybrouck David  Historian

Cette lettre ouverte « Bloquer le « coup d’états » britannique par un coup démocratique européen. Vers une première vraie élection transeuropéenne » du collectif Franck Biancheri, a été envoyée par courrier le 25 Novembre 2016 à tous les dirigeants politiques européens (chefs d’états et de gouvernements nationaux, Ministres des Affaires étrangères/européennes, dirigeants des institutions européennes) dont la liste figure en fin de document.

Le collectif Franck Biancheri rassemble les amis et compagnons de route de Franck Biancheri, qui est décédé le 30 octobre 2012, fondateur de AEGEE-Europe, et père fondateur du programme Erasmus. C’est au nom de son combat sans relâche pour la démocratisation européenne, face à l’effondrement du système européen auquel nous assistons, nous, citoyens européens, impuissants, que nous avons décidé de relever le défi. Prenons notre destin européen en main !

La prochaine étape VOUS concernera ! Avec une pétition que nous allons lancer prochainement sur les réseaux sociaux européens, nous vous inviterons à nous rejoindre pour que la démocratie en Europe ait enfin une chance: les moteurs de l’Europe ce sont ses citoyens, décidons ensemble quelle Europe nous voulons. Une élection trans-Européenne est la seule solution simple pour montrer que l’UE se tourne vers ses citoyens et c’est faisable !

Nous espérons que nos dirigeants politiques en comprendront tous les enjeux pour l’avenir de l’Europe qui doit aujourd’hui s’atteler à faire front à ce coup d’états britannique, le Brexit.

Le collectif Franck Biancheri

> La lettre est également disponible en anglais, espagnol et allemand


– Liste des Dirigeants Européens contactés –

Schulz Martin Président du Parlement Européen
Dijsselbloem Jeroen Président Eurogroup
Tusk Donald Président du Conseil Européen
Juncker Jean-Claude Président de la Commission Européenne
Maçaes Bruno Secrétaire d’Etat aux Affaires Européennes
Santos Silva Augusto Ministre des Affaires Etrangers
Schäuble Wolfgang Ministre Allemand des Finances
Léglise-Costa Philippe Secrétaire d’Etat aux affaires Européennes
Bartolone Claude Président de l’Assemblée Nationale
Lammert Norbert Président du Bundestag
Bracke Siegfried Président de la Chambre des Représentants
Arib Khadija Président de la Chambre des Représentants
Boldrini Laura Présidente de la Chambre des Représentants
Ferro Rodrigues Eduardo Président Assemblée
Hollande François Président
Rajoy Mariano Président
Kern Christian Chancelier
Michel Charles Premier Ministre
Anastasiades Nicos Président
Kaljulaid Kersti Président
Niinistö Sauli Président
Merkel Angela Chancelier
Kotzias Nikos Ministère aux Affaires Etrangères
D. Higgins Michael Président
Renzi Matteo Premier Ministre
Grybauskaitė Dalia Président
Bettel Xavier Premier Ministre
Muscat Joseph Premier Ministre
Rutte Mark Premier Ministre
Rebelo de Sousa Marcelo Président
Costa António Premier Ministre
Fico Robert Premier Ministre
Cerar Miro Premier Ministre
Valls Manuel Premier Ministre
Gauck Joachim Président
Mattarella Sergio Président
Kurz Sebastian Ministre aux Affaires Etrangères
Reynders Didier Ministre aux Affaires Etrangères
Kasoulidis Ioannis Ministre aux Affaires Etrangères
Ligi Jürgen Ministre aux Affaires Etrangères
Soini Timo Ministre aux Affaires Etrangères
Ayrault Jean-Marc Ministre aux Affaires Etrangères
Steinmeier Frank-Walter Ministre aux Affaires Etrangères
Flanagan Charles Ministre aux Affaires Etrangères
Gentiloni Paolo Ministre aux Affaires Etrangères
Linkevičius Linas Antanas Ministre aux Affaires Etrangères
Asselborn Jean Ministre aux Affaires Etrangères
Vella George William Ministre aux Affaires Etrangères
Koenders Bert Ministre aux Affaires Etrangères
Santos Silva Augusto Ministre aux Affaires Etrangères
Lajčák Miroslav Ministre aux Affaires Etrangères
Erjavec Karl Ministre aux Affaires Etrangères
García-Margallo José Manuel Ministre aux Affaires Etrangères
Mogherini Federica Ministre aux Affaires Européennes
Tsipras Alexis Premier Ministre
Van Reybrouck David Historien