« 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 “Little Blue Book” is back!Le “Petit Livre Bleu” fait son retour!

The AAFB, in partnership with Editions Anticipolis, is glad to announce the republication of  the “Little Blue Book” -better known as:

 “The Emergence of Eurocitizens

A brief history of AEGEE-Europe

From its creation to April 1988

Precisely 30 years ago, in 1985, in a Europe that was wrapping up its economic union and beginning to put its political integration into perspective, Franck Biancheri contributed significantly to the challenge of forming new generations of Euro-citizens by creating AEGEE-Europe. And two years later, to prove that Europe indeed had a huge need of Euro-Citizens, AEGEE, still under Franck’s leadership, enabled the adoption of the ERASMUS program, today’s undisputed flagship of the European construction… at the time blocked by national administrations.

Keeping that in mind, Franck Biancheri then on relentlessly fought for the democratization of the EU… not for moral reasons, but for very practical ones: just like Erasmus would never have seen the light of day without AEGEE students, Europe would get nowhere without the European citizens.

Today, with the European project engaged in a process of reinvention of its meaning, efficiency and connection to its citizens, it was logical to reprint this “Little Blue Book”, written in 1996 by Franck Biancheri with a view to clarify the initial ambition of the project of AEGEE.

Europe, partly devastated by the global systemic crisis, needs more than ever these AEGEE-Europe Euro-Citizens. Franck, who passed away in 2012 at the age of 51, is no longer there to convince us about this point, but he left us such a heritage … Let’s read his words again … now!

The Little Blue Book is available on Anticipolis website in french, english and romanian (paper and digital formats)

L’AAFB, en partenariat avec les Editions Anticipolis, est heureuse de vous annoncer la réédition du “Petit Livre Bleu” – plus connu sous le nom de:

 “L’Emergence des Euro-Citoyens

Une brève histoire d’AEGEE-Europe

De sa création à Avril 1988

Il y a 30 ans cette année, en 1985, dans une Europe qui bouclait son union économique et commençait à mettre en perspective son intégration politique, Franck Biancheri contribuait significativement au défi consistant à faire émerger des générations d’Eurocitoyens, en créant AEGEE-Europe. Et, deux ans plus tard, pour prouver que l’Europe avait bel et bien besoin d’Euro-Citoyens, AEGEE, toujours sous la houlette de Franck, permettait l’adoption du programme ERASMUS, fleuron incontesté de la construction européenne… mais bloqué par les administrations nationales. Fort de cette preuve, Franck Biancheri n’a ensuite plus cessé de se battre pour la démocratisation de l’UE… pas pour des raisons morales mais pour des raisons bien pratiques : de même que sans les étudiants d’AEGEE, Erasmus n’aurait jamais vu le jour, l’Europe n’irait nulle part sans les citoyens européens. Aujourd’hui, en pleine reconstruction du sens, de l’efficacité et de l’arrimage à ses citoyens du projet européen, il était logique de rééditer ce “Petit Livre Bleu”, rédigé en 1996 par Franck Biancheri dans le but de clarifier l’ambition du projet d’origine d’AEGEE.

L’Europe en partie dévastée par la crise systémique globale a plus que jamais besoin des Euro-Citoyens d’AEGEE-Europe. Franck, qui nous a quitté en 2012 à l’âge de 51 ans, n’est plus là pour nous en convaincre mais il nous a tant laisser… Relisons-le… maintenant !

Le Petit Livre Bleu est disponible en français, anglais et roumain (au format numérique ou papier) sur le site des Editions Anticipolis.