« 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

The Friends of Franck Biancheri support the European Citizens’ Initiative on civic education in EuropeLes Amis de Franck Biancheri supportent l’Initiative Citoyenne Européenne sur l’éducation civique en Europe

The 21st century democracy needs upgraded citizens! Networking, transnationality, positive participation, information systems, future oriented behaviours … to name just a few challenges. Well done ERASMUS generation, worthy heirs of Franck Biancheri!


A group of several motivated young Europeans have worked hard to submit to the European Commission the European Citizen’s Initiative (ECI) called “More Than Education – Shaping Active and Responsible Citizens”.

There is insufficient and incoherent teaching of essential civic competences in Europe currently, i.e. knowledge, skills and behaviours which are needed in order to act as responsible and democratic citizens.

We live in a democracy where citizens are supposed to control the decision makers, but they aren’t adequately trained to do so. This brings among citizens some misunderstanding, and subsequently a lack of democratic control and appreciation. Civic education is one of our main learning tools and allows us to train people to become informed independent individuals in society; it is a form of education based on critical thought, democratic participation and common understanding of certain values and principles. Ineffective civic education sabotages the democracy itself, as it leads to general dissatisfaction and lack of democratic supervision.

At the moment, education is quite divided in Europe, creating different understanding of our society. The coordination of education is essential for the cohesion and stability of our society.

That is why these young Europeans ask the European Commission to:

. Set up a long term agenda for coordinating citizenship education among EU members states, so that global and European concepts and values are taught to citizens; they will therefore be equipped with the competences to participate actively and responsibly in our democratic society.

Create benchmarks for civic education in Europe, based on long and short term goals. International organisations such as the Council of Europe are consulted for setting the goals and benchmarks, as well as civil society actors and education providers.

Organise periodic evaluation of benchmarks, including reports from ministries as well as civil society second opinions.

. Provide support to empower member states to implement the suggested education elements, with dedicated working groups in the ET2020 and future frameworks.

. Offer space for exchanging practices between education providers and authorities.

. Strengthen financial support programmes for consultation and networking projects in civic education policy.

One million? That’s a lot!” – Yes, and this is the number of signatures they need! Because we can only improve civic education in Europe with the help of many active people!

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La démocratie du 21ème siècle a besoin de citoyens modernisés! Mise en réseau, transnationalité, participation positive, systèmes d’information, projection vers le futur…- pour ne nommer que certains des défis. Alors, bien joué la génération ERASMUS, dignes héritiers de Franck Biancheri!


Un groupe constitué de plusieurs jeunes Européens motivés ont travaillé dur pour enregistrer à la Commission Européenne leur Initiative Citoyenne Européenne, appelée “Plus que l’Education – Façonner des Citoyens Actifs et Responsables“.

La manière dont sont actuellement inculqués les compétences civiques en Europe (savoirs, compétences et comportements nécessaires pour agir comme des citoyens responsables et démocratiques) est à la fois insuffisante et incohérente.

Nous vivons dans une démocracie dans laquelle les citoyens sont supposés contrôler les décisionnaires, mais ils ne sont en fait pas suffisamment formés pour le faire correctement. Ceci conduit à des incompréhensions parmi les citoyens, et par conséquent à un manque de contrôle démocratique et d’appréciation. L’éducation civique est l’un de nos principaux outils d’apprentissage et permet de former les personnes à devenir des individus indépendants et informés de la société. C’est une forme d’éducation basée sur la pensée critique, la participation démocratique et la compréhension commune de certaines valeurs et principes. Une éducation civique inefficace sabote la démocratie en elle-même, en conduisant à une insatisfaction générale et à un manque de contrôle démocratique.

A l’heure actuelle, l’éducation est plutôt divisée en Europe, et conduit à des perceptions différentes de notre société. La coordination de l’éducation est essentielle pour la cohésion et la stabilité de notre société.

C’est pourquoi ces jeunes Européens demandent à la Commission Européenne de:

. Mettre en place un agenda sur le long terme pour coordonner l’éducation citoyenne  parmi les états membres de l’UE, afin que les valeurs et concepts Européens et globaux soient enseignés aux citoyens; Ils disposeront alors des compétences nécessaires pour participer activement et de manière responsable à notre société démocratique.

Créer des repères pour l’éducation civique en Europe, basés sur des objectifs à long et court termes. Les organisations Internationales, comme le Conseil de l’Europe, seront consultées pour instaurer les objectifs et repères, de même que les acteurs de la société civile et les acteurs de l’enseignement.

Organiser des évaluations périodiques des critères, incluant les rapports des ministères et un second avis de la part de la société civile.

. Fournir un support aux états membres,  favorisant la mise en place des mesures d’éducation suggérées, avec des groupes de travail dédiés dans l’ET2020 et les cadres futures.

Permettre l’échange d’expériences et de pratiques entre les professionnels de l’éducation et les autorités.

. Renforcer les programmes de support financier pour la consultation et la conduite de projets en réseaux dans la politique d’éducation civique.

Un million?  C’est beaucoup!” – Oui, et c’est le nombre de signatures dont ils ont besoin! Parce que l’éducation civique en Europe ne peut-être améliorée qu’avec l’aide de beaucoup de personnes actives!

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