« 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]Special Franck Biancheri Birthday: coronavirus, focus on networking[:fr]Spécial anniversaire Franck Biancheri: coronavirus, focus sur le travail en réseau[:]

[:en]We see it, teleworking, teleconferencing, networking are taking off. Coronavirus is forcing us to invent new ways of working, of debating and exchanging information, as it brings transport to a halt and forces us to remain confined to our homes behind our computers so as not to contaminate others. Even our institutions are doing this, and even more remarkable is the fact that the European institutions, the Commission, Parliament and also the Council, are now sitting via Internet platforms. A revolution! We can see that even in terms of governance we can work in networks, remotely! This is a paradigm shift that will open up many prospects, particularly in terms of bringing citizens closer to Europe, which sounds the death knell for the European pyramid model. Will we finally speak of trans-European’?

Networking! This is something that Franck Biancheri has been working on throughout his life as a European activist, as a precursor, as usual, making new technologies and the Internet available to human and civic relations.

All the structures he founded are based on this notion of network, not only from a geographical but also from a technological point of view: For him it was essential that in our ‘modern’ societies we should be able to meet the challenges posed for many citizens in Europe by the inability to travel, to meet, for reasons of cost, time, physical constraints (the last years of one’s life, due to illness, Franck Biancheri travelled very little), and he endeavoured to develop, use and promote, even sometimes, or often, against the opinion of the majority of people, throughout his activities the technological tools that would help the members of these structures, and more generally Europeans, to meet and debate “virtually”.

There are many examples: the minitel for the European FDI campaign, the very first trans-European political party -1988/1989; the transatlantic “people-to-people” internet exchange network, TIESWEB -1997!; the organisation of the very first trans-European online elections, EUSV -2001; the internet forums for Newropeans members, e-agora -2004/2009; the online political anticipation seminars organised by LEAP -FEFAP, 2006/2012; his interventions in the framework of different congresses/conferences on the theme of new technologies; but above all the work of the Franck Biancheri networks themselves, virtually gathering members from all over the world…

Today it seems so obvious to us that we even wonder why the institutions, although moved by questions of budgetary restrictions and respect for the environment (which push them to centralize all their core powers in Brussels), have not prepared themselves for it well in advance.  At a time when all citizens in Europe, and throughout the world, live at the pace of social networks, our leaders were still following the practices of the last century.

By reading Franck Biancheri again, it seemed so simple! We recommend the following reading list:

 

 [:fr]On le voit, le télétravail, les téléconférences, le travail en réseau prennent l’envol. Coronavirus oblige, qui met à l’arrêt les transports, qui contraint à rester confiné chez soi derrière son ordinateur pour ne pas contaminer les autres, à inventer de nouvelles méthodes de travail, de débats, d’échanges. Même nos institutions s’y mettent et plus remarquable encore, les institutions européennes, Commission, Parlement mais aussi Conseil, qui siègent maintenant via les plateformes internet. Une révolution! On s’aperçoit que même en matière de gouvernance on peut travailler en réseau, à distance! Un changement de paradigme qui va ouvrir bien des perspectives, notamment dans le rapprochement des citoyens vers l’Europe, qui sonne le glas du modèle pyramidal européen. Parlera-t-on enfin “transeuropéen”?

Le travail en réseau! Ce à quoi Franck Biancheri s’est attelé durant toute sa vie d’activiste européen, en précurseur, comme à son habitude, mettant à la disposition des relations humaines, citoyennes, les nouvelles technologies, internet.

Toutes les structures qui ont été fondées par lui reposent sur cette notion de réseau, non seulement d’un point de vue géographique mais aussi technologique: pour lui il était essentiel que dans nos sociétés “modernes” on sache relever les défis que posaient pour nombre de citoyens en Europe l’incapacité de voyager, de se rencontrer, pour des questions de coûts, pour des questions de temps, de contraintes physiques (les dernières années de sa vie, à cause de sa maladie, Franck Biancheri se déplaçait très peu), et il s’est attaché à développer, utiliser et promouvoir, même quelque fois, ou souvent, contre l’avis de la majorité des gens, tout au long de ses activités les outils technologiques qui allaient aider les membres de ces structures, et plus généralement les européens, à se rencontrer et débattre “virtuellement”.

Les exemples sont nombreux: le minitel pour la campagne européenne de IDE, le tout premier parti politique transeuropéen -1988/1989; le réseau transatlantique d’échanges sur internet “people-to-people”, TIESWEB -1997!; l’organisation des toutes premières élections en ligne transeuropéennes, EUSV -2001; les forums sur internet pour les membres de Newropeans, e-agora -2004/2009; les séminaires en ligne d’anticipation politique organisés par le LEAP -FEFAP, 2006/2012; ses interventions dans le cadre de différents congrès/conférences sur la thématique des nouvelles technologies; mais surtout tout le travail des réseaux Franck Biancheri eux-mêmes rassemblant virtuellement des membres quatre coins de la terre…

Aujourd’hui cela nous parait tellement évident que nous nous demandons même pourquoi les institutions, pourtant mues par des questions de restrictions budgétaires et de respect de l’environnement (qui les poussent à centraliser tous leurs coeurs de pouvoirs à Bruxelles), ne s’y soient pas préparées bien avant.  A l’heure où tous les citoyens en Europe, et dans le monde, vivent au rythme des réseaux sociaux, nos dirigeants en restaient encore à des pratiques du siècle dernier.

A relire Franck Biancheri, cela paraissait pourtant si simple! Nous vous conseillons la liste de lecture suivante:

 

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