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I Jornada Federalista Europea organizada por JEF y UEF de Andalucía

El sábado 15 de marzo estáis invitados a la I Jornada Federalista Europea organizada por JEF y la UEF de Andalucía. ¡Ven y conócenos!

Cartel Jornada Federalista Europea Andalucía

El programa de nuesta Jornada será el siguiente:

La Unión de Europeístas y Federalistas de Andalucía celebra su Asamblea General en Sevilla. Aprovechando este momento, celebraremos con la Juventud Europea Federalista nuestra I Jornada de ponencias y debate abierta a cualquier persona que esté interesada en una Europa más política, democrática y federal.

10:00. Inauguración.

  • Saludo de bienvenida de Dña. María Cruz Arcos Vargas, directora del Centro de Documentación Europea de la Universidad de Sevilla.
  • Saludo del Presidente de los Jóvenes Europeístas y Federalistas de Andalucía (JEF – Andalucía), D. Alejandro Peinado García.
  • Saludo del Presidente de la Unión de Europeístas y Federalistas de Andalucía (UEF – Andalucía), D. Vicente de Mingo Benítez.
  • Ponencia “El papel de las regiones en la construcción europea” de D. Manuel Gracia Navarro, Presidente del Consejo Andaluz del Movimiento Europeo y Presidente del Parlamento Andaluz. Coordinador del Grupo E- Democracia del CALRE.

10:45. Mesa redonda: “La Unión Europea como Federación: Perspectivas desde Andalucía”.

  • D. Eugenio Nasarre Goicoechea, Presidente de la Comisión de Educación del Congreso de los Diputados y Presidente del Consejo Federal Español del Movimiento Europeo.
  • Dña. Carmen Romero López, Diputada al Parlamento Europeo.
  • D. Gregorio Cámara Villar, Catedrático de Derecho Constitucional por la Universidad de Granada. Director de la Cátedra Fernando de los Ríos.
  • Dña. María Cruz Arcos Vargas, Profesora Titular de Derecho Internacional Público de la Universidad de Sevilla. Directora del Centro de Documentación Europea de la Universidad de Sevilla.
  • Modera D. Miguel Ángel Benedicto, periodista y Secretario General del Consejo Federal Español del Movimiento Europeo.

11:30. Preguntas y debate.

12:00. Pausa – Descanso.

12:15. Asamblea General: Informe de gestión y presentación de candidaturas. Votación y proclamación de la Junta Directiva de la UEF Andalucía.

13:30. Clausura:

  • D. Eugenio Nasarre Goicoechea, Presidente del Consejo Federal Español del Movimiento Europeo.



European Documentation Centre, University of Seville. March, 15, 2014.

10:00 Opening

  • Welcome speech by Mrs. María Cruz Arcos Vargas, Director of the European Documentation Centre at the University of Seville.
  • Welcome by the President of Young European Federalists of Andalucía (JEF-Andalucía). Mr. Alejandro Peinado García.
  • Welcome by the President of European Federalist Union of Andalucía (UEF- Andalucía). Mr Vicente de Mingo Benítez.
  • Presentation “the role of regions in the European Construction” by Mr. Manuel Gracia Navarro, President of the Andalusian Council of the European Movement and President of the Andalusian Parliament. Coordinator of the Group E-Democracy of CALRE.

10:45 Roundtable “The European Union as a Federation: Perspectives from Andalusia”

  • Mr. Eugenio Nasarre Goicoechea, President of the Education Commission of the Congress of Deputies and President of the Spanish Federal Council of the European Movement.
  • Mrs. Carmen Romero López, Member of the European Parliament.
  • Mr. Gregorio Cámara Villar, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Granada. Director of the Fernando de los Rios Chair.
  • Mrs. María Cruz Arcos Vargas, Professor of Public International Law at the University of Seville. Director of the European Documentation Centre at the University of Seville.
  • Presentation by Mr. Miguel Ángel Benedicto, journalist and General Secretary of the Spanish Federal Council of the European Movement.

11:30 Questions and discussion

12:00 Break

12:15 General Assembly: Report of management and nominations. Vote and proclamation of the Board of the UEF Andalusia.

13:30 Closure

  • Mr. Eugenio Nasarre Goicoechea, President of the Spanish Federal Council of the European Movement.

Actividades de JEF Andalucía en 2013 – 2014

Seminario JEF

En el Seminario Internacional Mellonkitós durante la visita al Parlament de Catalunya donde pudimos mantener un encuentro con los Diputados jóvenes del Parlament. Imagen del grupo de participantes.

4 julio

Del 3 al 7 de julio de 2013 una delegación de JEF – Andalucía participó en el Seminario Internacional Mellonkitós junto a Jóvenes de toda Europa, organizado por la Fundación Francesc Ferrer i Guardia, JEF Catalunya y JEF España en la ciudad de Barcelona. En la imagen coloquio con Oriol Illa, Pablo Faura y Andreu Missé.

JEF Andalucía Enrique Barón

07 de mayo de 2013

Los Jóvenes Europeos Federalistas de Andalucía participaron en la Presentación de las Memorias de Enrique Barón, Ex Presidente del Parlamento Europeo en la Libreria Beta, Sevilla.

Free Belarus!

18 de marzo de 2013

JEF – Andalucía participa en la Campaña Pan-Europea por la Libertad y el respeto a los Derechos Humanos en Bielorrusia

Towards a real European Federal Union: some handicaps


“Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity.” This could be one of the most relevant core ideas of the European construction. Pronounced by Robert Schuman, 1st President of the European Parliamentary Assembly and considered one of the Founding Fathers, we should take into consideration the reach of this sentence.

Nowadays, the European project has been generally reduced to numbers, data, budget and technical aspects, which are necessary but not represent the purpose of the Europeanism initiated with the said Schuman’s Declaration. In fact, it started as an European Community for cooperating and promoting cooperation at the coal and steel industry and trade sectors. Peace and development thought Economy and Welfare, a good value that has been forgotten by the heads of the European institutions.

21st Century target for EU: a stronger Europe in a Federal Union. We have achieved several improvements: multilingualism, a real Parliament whose deputies are elected democratically, common policies, a quasi-common currency, educational and researching initiatives or social and agrifood investments, among others. But, the key is about the basement of the Union, the roots of this project. There are some essential elements that have been rejected, forgotten or omitted and these aspects are indispensable for a real European Federal Union. Here I comment some of them:

A powerful Parliament. The European Parliament was democratically elected for the very first time in 1979. After that, every five years the Europeans citizens are called to the ballot polls for electing our representatives. It is true that there is not a common circumscription or election system at the EU level, but it is the unique supranational elected assembly and the biggest one in the world. However, our common Parliament is weak in many aspects, it needs more powers for the guarantee of our interests at the EU, because this is the only EU organ elected directly by people. Powers for presenting veto in case the Council of the Commission could propose initiatives against the common interest.

A real Senate. The European Council is a really super powerful senate, met four times per year for debating and establishing the guidelines of the EU, it is the great power of the EU. Because of this organ, we can say that the national governments properly rule the EU policy. They say what will be do and will not be. If we want a Federal Union, this organ could exist or not but just for representing the territories or Members States integrated in the Federation, not for the assumption of the Executive and Legislative functions. This mixed organ shares spectrum with the Commission and Parliament, in conclusion is a privileged organ, conservative and opposed to lose national power.

A unique Foreign Policy. Yes, the EU disposes of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), headed by “Lady Ashton” and previously by Mr. Solana. During the 90′s the CFSP was an excellent way for European diplomacy but we need more. Mrs. Ashton has failed, she is not a leader and is not capable of coordinating the 27 Foreign national departments. Europe needs a single voice for South America, for Middle East, for Israel, China and the USA, for the South-East Asia and for Russia. We need a common and block action, which should be more powerful than the current one. Maybe Mrs. Ashton is not a good European diplomat, maybe there are many different interest that cannot be represent, but if we have a Common Market, why not a Foreign policy?

A common Army. We tried to have it: Western European Union. It was an international organization tasked with implementing the Modified Treaty of Brussels (1954), an amended version of the original 1948 Treaty of Brussels. In 2009, the Treaty of Lisbon took over the WEU’s mutual defence clause. There was much discussion about what to do with the WEU following the introduction of Lisbon. On 30 June 2011 the WEU officially ceased to exist and finally the NATO breathed deeply. No possibility of European common or coordinated army assures USA interests. To sum up, the EU cannot defends its owned interests and objectives.

An effective economic union. There are some phases or steps in any kind of economic integration. The degree of this phases can be categorized into seven stages: Preferential trading area and Free trade area (ex. ECSC); Customs union and Common market (ex. EEC); Monetary union and Economic union (ex. EU?) and Fiscal, Political and complete economic integration (ex. towards an European Federal Union). We have a quasi monetary union (the Euro is the official currency of 20 European countries) but is not official for every State in the Union. How is it possible a currency without a common economy? without a real European Central Bank? If the ECB cannot intervene, control and regulate this currency and there is no economic governance at EU level (always over controlled by the Big Ones : Germany or UK, for example) what are we playing at? If we aspires to a Federal Union we need a strong and powerful ECB that does not serve to national governments but European Union. After that, we could continue the European construction at the political and fiscal level.

An European Education, Social Policy and Civil Rights. We are European citizens, we trust on Human Rights and Res publica values, Democracy, Liberty, Equality and Pluralism. But, if we have advanced at economic and trade levels, we should do the same with the social one. There is no any European common subject at schools, we can say the unique educational experience is reduced to exchanges programs (Comenius, Eramus, Da Vinci…). It is not just the experience but the knowledge and study of our Union. On the other hand, we need the same rights and civil chances: gender equality, LGTB rights, disability and universal accessibility, and many social not well considered at the European Councils. If we want a common conscience as European citizens we need a progressive and integrative common Education, Social values (no nationalities, just Europeanism) and Civil Rights as the real guarantees for free Women and Men in Europe.

An European President. In case we consider the European Commission President as the de facto EU President (yes, we can Van Rompuy too), he or she should be elected democratically or as an eligible candidate at the European Parliament, previously the Elections. We should know the candidates of each European party of parlamentary group. He or she will be the Head of the Union and must have a wider legitimacy for that. This is a controversial question that can be debated at the European Parliament chapter.

But, it was advertised byt our great Robert Schuman on 9th May 1950: not all at once, but through concrete achievements and a de facto solidarity. We must follow this way, we must continue together for a better and federal European Union.

José María Castellano-Martínez es vocal de la Gestora de JEF-Andalucía

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