Franck Biancheri – AEGEE-Europe | European Students' Forum AEGEE (Association des Etats Généraux des Etudiants de l’Europe / European Students’ Forum) is a student organisation that promotes cooperation, communication and integration amongst young people in Europe. As a non-governmental, politically independent, and non-profit organisation AEGEE is open to students and young people from all faculties and disciplines – today it counts 13 000 members, active in close to 200 university cities in 40 European countries, making it the biggest interdisciplinary student association in Europe. Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:33:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Happy birthday, Franck! /happy-birthday-franck/ Sat, 11 Mar 2017 17:35:32 +0000 /?p=7036 By Daniela Maria Maris

Today we celebrate the Birthday of Franck Biancheri, a visionary to inspire European citizens to envision and build “tomorrow”.

While being a student, in 1985, Biancheri founded the first biggest European studentnetwork, AEGEE-Europe. This and his involvement in founding the Erasmus program were the first steps in building the first generation of “Europeans”. Throughout his life he has concerned himself with the European project and the it’s flaws. In the 90’s he concerned himself with the issues of the European public funds and lack of communication between EU institutions and citizens, major problems that enabled the development of a European citizenship.Franck_Biancheri_R0011616-for-Wikipedia_15-03-2007

Franck Biancheri remains the only person who managed to build a trans-European political movement, Initiative for a European Democracy (IED) and presented lists in different countries (France, Spain and the Netherlands) in the European elections in 1989.

Continuing to focus on political anticipation and activities serving the democratization of Europe in 2000 Franck Biancheri organized the ” Newropeans 2000 – New Europe, New Challenges, New Generations ” congress in Paris. An event that brought major stakeholder together to participate at the creation of tomorrow’s Europe. 2,000 young Europeans and politicians from national and European level took part at the event which had as a result the most important e-democracy world project, Eu-StudentVote. It consisted in the online election of the first EU Student Council in June 2002.

Newropeans Democracy Marathon was also one of the major projects16904866_10154359114592045_6811806335422664527_o of Biancheri which consisted of a series of 100 conferences in 25 different European countries in one single year. The aim was to point out that the European construction has reached a crucial stage of its history and that the main challenge of this decade consists of being able to reconcile democracy and European unity. He already draw attention in 2002-2003 that fact that if not taking any action many undemocratic movements will appear in Europe also as a result of populist trends. Following this project, Franck Biancheri was elected one of Time Magazine’s 2003 European Heroes (People’s Choice). He was nominated as one of the top 25 who are changing the world of Internet and Politics, as selected by Politics Online and the 5th E-Democracy Worldwide Forum!

As former president of Newropeans, the first trans-European political movement with the objective to democratize Europe, Franck Biancheri is considered to be the first trans-European political leader in the history of European democracy. Besides this he coordinated researches at t20170224_120604045_CAMhe European Laboratory of Political Anticipation LEAP/Europe 2020, with a particular focus on the Global Europe Anticipation Bulletin. Since 2012 his legacy is carried on by AAFB. The “Education for the present – Democracy
for the future” Conference is also part of Biancheri’s legacy, to bring young Europeans together and empower them to take action and shape tomorrow’s Europe.

For more information about Franck Biancheri, his work and ideas we recommend his book

“The Emergence of Eurocitizens”…/the-emergence-of-eurocitizens-a-must-read…/

Do you want to “Get involved”? AEGEE-Budapest knows how! /do-you-want-to-get-involved-aegee-budapest-knows-how/ Thu, 09 Mar 2017 17:20:05 +0000 /?p=7023 By Ákos Glaub

AEGEE-Budapest is the winner of this year’s Franck Biancheri Award with the “Education for the Present, Democracy for the Future” Conference, which will be the opening conference of EoT4. AEGEE-Budapest is strongly committed to this edition’s topic, Civic Education, carrying out their local project “Get involved”. Get to know more about this interesting project thanks to AEGEE-Budapest president:20170221_181004181_CAM

Our latest event organized by AEGEE-Budapest’s very own „Get Involved!” Project explored the topic of populism. Approximately 50 students from different universities and academic fields attended the event. The discussion was part of the lecture series preceding the Franck Biancheri Award winner Conference “Education for the present, Democracy for the future” organized in April by the Budapest antenna, the Civic Education Working Group and the Europe on Track Project.

After two successful events examining the current political state of Turkey and the integration of refugees20170221_191120106_CAM the Project chose another actual and relevant subject. During a round table discussion our invited experts (Ádám Paár and Ágoston Mráz, political scientists, and Zoltán Farkas,a journalist) explored what populism really means, how people and the media use the term, thus we got to know the origins of the expression.

Furthermore, the audience could get to know the reasons why populism is so wide-spread nowadays, how it has become mainstream, and what are its effects on politics. Besides describing possible outcomes and future trends, the questions of the audience were answered and discussed.

All in all, the event brought us a closer look and better understanding of populism, a word and a trend that influences the political atmosphere all around the globe these days.

Europe on Track is back! /europe-on-track-is-back-2/ Fri, 30 Dec 2016 09:45:16 +0000 /?p=6990 Dear AEGEEans,

Since you ratified us as an official AEGEE-Europe project at Agora Bergamo 2016, we are working really hard to organise a fantastic 4th edition of Europe on Track. Now we will announce dates and topic of EoT4 and later this week we will launch the open call for both hosting antennas and travel ambassadors.

First of all, we are pleased to announce that, in collaboration with AEGEE-Budapest and the Civic Education Working Group, we are the winners of the Franck Biancheri Award. This means that we will be opening EoT4 with a conference in Budapest from April 21-23 and from there the ambassadors will start their race through Europe on-rail for a month until we wave the finishing flag at Agora Enschede on May 23

The topic of EoT4 will be Civic Education and we will collaborate with the the Civic Education Working Group and the European Citizens’ Initiative “More than Education”.

Why Civic Education?
Civic Education is learning the competencies, i.e. skills, knowledge and attitudes, required to be an active, democratic and responsible citizen. Its ultimate goal is to educate the population on democratic citizenship and make them aware of their rights and responsibilities.Civic Education aims at fostering a culture of active participation and responsibility among citizens.

We believe Civic Education is important because in a democracy we are supposed to hold the decision makers accountable, however we are not adequately trained to do so. This leaves the citizens with a lack of understanding, and subsequently a lack of democratic control and appreciation. Civic Education is one of the most important learning tools at our disposal, as it allows people to become informed and independent individuals in society. It is an education based on critical thinking, democratic participation and a common understanding of certain values and principles

EoT4 aims to understand what civic education and civic responsibility mean to you. This in turn will help AEGEE to understand how to reach out to people in order to build an active citizenship.

Why else is this important for us?
We want to empower young people to fight for better Civic Education in their countries. Moreover, one of the aims of the current Strategic Plan is to put Civic Education on the political agenda on all levels and this is not a goal of one working group but of AEGEE as a whole. We believe Europe on Track can make this happen. Lastly, we would like to send the ambassadors to high schools as well, wherever possible, in order to increase the impact of the project and ensure broader reach of our message.

Happy holidays and we look forward to working with you in 2017!
Europe on Track team

Borderless Europe: Blessing or Burden? /borderless-europe-blessing-or-burden-2/ Mon, 16 May 2016 12:14:27 +0000 /?p=6537 The Borderless Europe: Blessing or Burden? Conference was held in Cluj-Napoca, in the heart of Transylvania, between 6th and 9th of May, gathering together around 60 young students from all over Europe. The event was the result of an active cooperation between AEGEE-Cluj-Napoca, AEGEE-Europe, Your vision for EUrope project and with the large contribution of the Association des Amis de Franck Bancheri .

The initial reasons that pushed people to get involved in the conference may have been different and so are the ways they got active- whether as participants or organizers-. However the vision, points of view and opinions share a common ground, which are to be found in the confidence and in the belief they have for the project and for Europe itself.

The Your Vision for Europe is a young project within AEGEE, which brings together 18 young motivated AEGEEans, that despite the fact they all come from different cultural background, from EU or not EU contries, they believe exactly in the same core values, being this the keypoint helping them to actively work towards their vision, aiming at a more unified Europe.



The conference was just the first one of the conferences that Your Vision for Europe is planning to organize in the upcoming months. The event turned out to be a successful set of three full days of learning, sharing and putting different views of many Europeans together, ideas in which young people believe, and are ready to put into practice, i.e. to translate the most outstanding ideas into concrete actions in order to achieve improvements in the society we live in.

The Conference’s main purpose was to encourage mutual understanding between young Europeans, that were gathered together not only to acknowledge and discuss their personal viewpoints that may or may not greatly differ from those of the others, but also to foster understanding that the vision we have for the European Project is shared, showing that whatever problems we may face from where we are standing, could be overcome in the direction in which we are moving. A number of excellent ideas of all the joint endeavours we as Young people could possibly undertake together will have a great say in Europe’s future, was outreached through numerous sessions, panel discussions, and a broadcast of a dystopian documentary The Great European Disaster Movie.

One of the highlights of the Conference was, however, the Association des Amis de Franck Biancheri Award, namely the Franck Biancheri Award, which this year went to AEGEE- Cluj-Napoca. In fact, it was not a coincidence that the conference took place in Cluj-Napoca, that it happens to have been awarded the European Youth Capital title back in 2015.


The Franck Biancheri Awards is a key-component in the strategy of the Association des Amis Franck Biancheri in favor of perpetuation of Franck’s work. The Franck Biancheri Award is showing the close relation that Association des Amis de Franck Biancheri has with AEGEE and how selflessly supports it to keep influencing and pushing for the democratization of European decision making processes that remains unchanged, as advocated by Franck himself.

The whole conference delivered a deep message that first steps towards a borderless Europe are, first of all, the demolition of any mental borders, but most importantly we don’t have to be afraid of situations we did not expect because in the end those are the ones that shape our identity and defines who we actually are. It can be the refugees crisis, a topic very much tackled lately, it can be the European crisis, which refers to the political crisis, the one of values and finally the economical one. Depending on our reactions, we grow or we stay the same, but only by facing the harsh times together we can make progresses and improve our own society. This is how we strengthen our belief that eurosceptism is not an answer, nor an alternative.


The aim was to deal with the idea of a borderless Europe , how we perceive it and how media generally presents it. It was important to find out, or to remember, how European Union became what it is nowadays and why the Founding Fathers came to this solution, what were the circumstances and the precise historical background. This was a very important step as it helped participants to understand what direction we, young people, are going right now and what kind of union we want. Raising awareness about how we can actively change things and have our say within the system was more than crucial.

After their first success, the Your Vision for Europe Project team is working hard and getting ready for next conference that will take place somewhere else in Europe in autumn 2016. Stay tuned to find out more!

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