FAEF’s Citizens’ Convention of 55+ Participants
In presenting this list of the members of FAEF's Citizens' Convention, the following comments are appropriate.
It is a provisional list. The deadline for registration for participation in the Convention ends on 31 October 2021. Another group of people, not having time to participate actively, required to receive updates of the progress of the Convention. They are not listed here.
The Convention is a response to the EU ‘Conference on the future of Europe’. That Conference has as the explicit goal of strengthening the system of treaties of the European Union. The Federal Alliance of European Federalists does not consider this wise for the future of Europe and argues that after two hundred years of fruitless attempts to federalize Europe, the time has come to replace the treaty-based European Union by the federal United States of Europe, based on a federal constitution.
Applied science and moral courage are now primary.
The Convention is taking place online and will last from 2 October 2021 to 31 May 2022. Its purpose is to improve our draft federal constitution for the creation of the United States of Europe. We would like to receive concrete amendments and their explanatory notes.
It is appreciated that members of the Convention form pairs to work together on specific articles of our draft federal constitution. Those who would like to get in touch with other members and thus would like to know the relevant email address can ask for it at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Convention’s way of working is further explained in the Discussion Forum.
The Citizens’ Convention is a homage to the original vision of Altiero Spinelli in his Ventotene Manifesto of 1941-1944 to federalize Europe on the basis of a constitution, along the lines of the Philadelphia Convention of 1787 as the best practice. That Convention had 55 members. Hence our number 55. But with a + to enrich the Convention with as much wisdom, knowledge, and courage as possible. The spiritual basis of the Convention is a mixture of applied science and moral responsibility.
I wish the Convention success in its work for a constitutional, democratic, secure, prosperous, and inclusive federal Europe.
Dr. Leo Klinkers, President FAEF, The Hague, October 1st, 2021.
Professor at the Faculty of Public Administration & Political Science, South East European University, Tetovo. Author of a.o.:
.. ‘The European union as a federal state.’
.. ‘The importance of Euro as a Currency and the Euroization in Macedonia’.
Co-author of the European Federalist Papers. Expert on constitutional law and treaty-law.
Pietro De Matteis
Former Vice-President of the federalsit movement Stand up for Europe.
Former official European Commission. Public Sector & International Organisations, Civil Society, Academia.
Curaçao (Netherlands Antilles)
Founder and director of a law firm. Leader of movement to federalize the former Dutch colonies in the Antilles.
Czech Republic (EU)
Lars Næsbye Christensen
Former EU Ambassador. European Federalist.
President European Federalist Party.
Author of books on Risk Management and Risk Culture.
President of Art Moves Europe. Actively uniting Europe through Arts.
Co-founder of, and author at the Alliance4Europe, as well of the Project for Democratic Union. European federalist.
District Head of UEF-Heilbronn. Author of ‘We Are All Part of Europe!’. Organizer of the Hertensteiner Talks. European federalist.
Professor of European Studies at the University of Bremen, Germany. Author of forthcoming publications:
.. ‘Europa erneuert! Eine realistische Vision für das 21 Jahrhundert’.
.. Europeanisation and Renationalisation: Lessons from Crises for Innovation and Development’ (co-editor)... Reconciling Democratic Sovereignty with Economic and Monetary Integration: T-dem in Dialogue with the German Constitutional Court’ in: How to Democratize Europe.
Author of ‘Time for a European Federation’. Founding member of the Alliance4Europe. Legal officer within the European Commission. European federalist.
Author of several books on EU issues i.a. European integration, Trade Defence Instruments, regional innovation, and the EU selection process. Specialties: Federalism, Information and Communication Technologies, Public sector recruitment processes.
Professor of Political Science, University of Iceland. Author of a.o.:
.. ‘The European Citizens’ Initiative: Transnational Democracy in the EU at last?’
.. ‘The missing link in EU democracy? Why a transnational public sphere matters’.
.. ‘F-word or Blueprint for Institutional Reform? European Integration and the Continued Relevance of Federalism’.
Director of the European Network Media Vision Company Lmtd.
Assistant Professor of Comparative Public Law at LUISS University, Rome (and the Summer School on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe I direct is based at LUISS School of Government). Author of a.o.:
.. ‘Eurozone, non-Eurozone and ‘troubled asymmetries among national parliaments in the EU. Why and to what extent this is of concern.’
.. ‘Can Fiscal Councils Enhance the Role of National Parliaments in the European Union? A Comparative Analysis.’ School of government, University Sienna.
Professor at the University of Rome. Author of a.o.:
.. ‘The ECB: towards a monetary authority of a federal Europe?’
.. ‘National Autonomy, Regional Integration and Global Public Goods’.
Editor of the Europe Today Magazine. European federalist.
European City Team. European federalist.
Professor of Comparative Public Law at the Scuola Superiore Sant’ Anna at Pisa. Co-author of:
.. ‘The Never-Ending Reform of the EU: Another Chain in the Semi Permanent Treaty Revision Process?’
.. ‘The Canadian Contribution to a Comparative Law of Secession.’
Author of a biography of Spinelli and on the European Union, Europeanism. International, Legal, Historical and Political Studies, Università degli Studi di Milano Statale.
President Red Tulips for the United State of Europe. European federalist.
Member of the European Parliament.
Emeritus Professor of Law of the Environment.
Emile van Essen
World Federalist. Sustainable politics.
Co-author of the European Federalist Papers (Paper 13). Honorary Consul for Luxembourg.
Hans van der Vlugt
Former Commander of the Dutch part of the United Nations Rapid Reaction Force to end the war in Bosnia (1992-1995). European Federalist.
Former Mayor. European Federalist.
Mozes Marinho Sanches
The Netherlands (central) Bank. Head of ECB Missions. European Federalist.
Media specialist. European Federalist.
Koen van Bremen
Consultant in Public Administration. Expert on the failed federation of Cameroon.
Consultant in Public Administration. Being of two-nation origin, identification with Europe is more important than with a nation within Europe. Driven by the sense of urgency that we need to redefine the rules by which we play our game as a society in order to successfully be able to address the challenges of our times.
Senior advisor Dutch government. Author of publications about policymaking.
Director Lundquist Forlag. Founder of Mitt Europa, the first movement of pro-European federalists in Norway.
Professor in Political Science at the University of Lusofona-Lisbon. Head-director of the first-degree course on European Studies and International Relations.
Author of writings about the European Integration, Institutions and Institutional Integration, among which ‘The Role of the European Parliament in the Union’s Crisis’.
Amparo Plaza Muñoz
Jorge Juan Morante
President UEF Madrid.
President of the Escuela de Formación Humanistica y Social de la Asocatión 'Unidad de Ayuda Ciudadana' (UdAC). European Federalist.
Ramon Maynou Ferreres
Victor Manuel Sanroma Latorre
Fighter for the Europe of the Citizens. Has been resident in several EU-countries. Striving for the United States of Europe, based on a federal Constitution.
Carlos Rosetti Manacorda
Fernando Barredo Valenzuela
José Luis Cuba Valenzuela
Member of the Board of Trustees of the Fundación DemocraciActiva.
Olivia Muñoz-Rojas Oscarsson
Professor in Law and Deputy Head of the Department for Education at the School of Law, Psychology and Social Work at Örebro University. Also connected with the European University Institute, Florence. Co-editor of:
.. ‘Deconstructing EU Federalism through Competences.’
Board member of VOLT Europe.
John Eric Fossum
Professor in Political Science at the Arena Center for European Studies of the University of Oslo. Author of a.o.:
.. ‘The Draft Constitutional Treaty: Between Problem-Solving Treaty and Rights-Based Constitution.’
.. ‘The Conference on the Future of Europe: vehicle for reform versus forum for reflection?’
.. ‘The European Constitution: the Rubicon crossed?’
European Federalist. Environmentalist.
Professor at the Department of Government of the Uppsala University. Author of a.o.:
.. ‘The An-archical State: Logics of Legitimacy in the Social Contract Tradition.’
.. ‘The legitimacy of the People’.
.. ‘Political Inequality in Transnational Democracy.’
.. The spirit of democracy: Sources of Corruption and Renewal.’
Ivan Gil Carretero
Manager for the Telco industry. Main area of interest is how to use data and digitalisation to influence society and political change. Graduated in law, political science and European business. Participated in different organisations and forums to re-think the possibilities to develop federal foundations within the current framework of conflict and crisis impacting south-European states. Had the chance to get introduced to federalist theory and history from Prof. Cesar Diáz Carrera that brought me into the topic and is the main reason why I would like to join this project.
United Kingdom (Non-EU)
Emeritus professor at the School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds.
Deputy Director Federal Trust, London
Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the Radford University in Virginia. He is founder and Chair Emeritus of the Program in Peace Studies. Executive Director of the Earth Constitution Institute (ECI) and President of the World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA) and spokesperson for the Earth Constitution. Author of a.o.:
.. ‘Legitimate Political Authority and our Global Social Contract.’
.. ‘World Federalism.’
.. ‘The concept of democracy and our global contract.’
.. ‘The Utopian Horizon of Objective Human Values’.
Adam Christopher Nettles
American resident in Italy for the last 4 years. Committed European Federalist. PhD Student in international relations at the University of Milan. Working on European Defense Integration, specifically on the PESCO mechanism. Masters in international law of sustainable development and a bachelor's in political science with a "pre-law" focus. Familiar with American federal law, international law, and international relations.