Who are we?
At present FAEF is an organization ‘in preparation’. The initiators form the Promoting Committee.
After obtaining his degree in Economics and Business in 1968 and having worked one year as Assistant for Professor Enzo Spaltro in
Chair of Work Psychology at the Catholic University of Milan, he was employed by the Montedison group - the main Italian chemical
industry - in the area of the Human Resources Development. He worked for over 20 years in this company, from 1977 as company executive and, after a few years, as responsible of the European Public Affairs and Associations. In 1991 he went to Enichem- the chemical business of the ENI - as Head of the European Public Affairs and Associations and moved to Brussels, where he lived until 1997, when he came back to work at the Enichem Headquarter in Italy as head of the European Public Affairs and Communication.
After retiring, he started new activities and experiences in the area of volunteering: assistance (Caritas) and adult education (Associazione Culturale Nova Cana). In July 2015 - concerned about the ‘emergencies that put at risk the very unity of the Europe for the rising tide of populism - he decided to start the web page "Stati Uniti d'Europa entro il 2020", which reached in a short time 900 followers. Few months later, "United States of Europe now!" was funded as a merge with two other pro Europe web pages.
Born in 1981, Italian and living in Veneto, Mauro Casarotto graduated in Political Sciences and International Relations at Padova University, presenting a thesis about the reform of the United Nations. He actually works in insurance. He is a writer and he published, in 2014, a pamphlet: ‘Krisis’ about the causes and the possible solutions to the actual crisis of the western world, tracing back its origins to a deep cultural failure of our societies, not only our economies.
He has been active for several years in non-profit organisations involved in culture, sports, politics. He decided to involve himself in such a great adventure, the launch of a federal alliance of the European federalists, since he didn’t accept to see the results of many years of fought be ruined by the raise, once again, of nationalism, populism, xenophobia and fear. It appears to him that only an open and united society, no more divided by boundaries, but respectful of our different cultures and traditions, will allow our Europe to be free and prosperous. He loves to relax in nature, having a break between forests and mountains.
Leo Klinkers, PhD, is consultant in public administration, with a background in constitutional law. As co-founder of the Dutch Association of Public Administration and as member of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS, Brussels) and co-founder of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA, Brussels) he contributed to establishing schools of public administration in vocational and academic institutes. He left the State University of Utrecht in 1983 to continue his career as independent consultant for Governments and NGO’s in a variety of countries. He is co-author of the European Federalist Papers and co-founder of the Strong Learning Academy.
Peter Hovens (1959) is consultant in public administration. He has studied at the university of Twente. After 17 years of working as a civil servant at the municipality of Maastricht he started his own consultancy office. In this period he also was several years employed as alderman in two different municipalities. For more than 40 years he is active in several non-profit organisations in culture, sports en politics. Peter is an expert on demographic changes.
Het is writing a book about Policy and Society. He is also co-founder of the Coöperation SamenWereld..
After studying economics (master in economics, Panthéon Paris) and a few years at the Caisse des Depots et Consignation, France ) Michel Caillouët joined the European Commission in 1975, which he left in 2007. He worked on European issues relating to the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy), energy (global energy savings and transformation networks), food aid, development aid and economic cooperation. He was also responsible for policy issues on Latin and Central America (he prepared and participated in the San Jose peace process, Costa Rica, 1984).
In 1996 he was appointed Ambassador for the European Union in South-East Asia and then in South Asia (2000). In this context, he participated in the settlement of conflicts in Cambodia, Nepal and Sri Lanka. After 2 years as the Commission’s representative to the COPs (Group of Ambassadors in charge of European political cooperation and defence policy), he became the first Ambassador of the Commission to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
After his departure of the European Commission, Michel has become a very active member of the European Movement, and the UEF in Paca, South-East of France.
As a pro-european citizen, Catherine Guibourg has been involved in promoting the cause of Europe since the 90s. She wrote books on this subject, like « Le oui européen et le non français» and «Osez l’Europe». In 2016 she received the Marseille Littérature Prize for her book « Hier ne finira jamais, résister hier et aujourd’hui ».
As an agronomist, she graduated from the French High School « Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon », and gained experience in the development and cooperation field in Africa with the FAO, and in Latin America with the European Commission. She lived in Paris, Rome and Bruxelles, and outside Europe, in Africa and Asia.
She has been an active member of the European Movement, and UEF in Paca (South East of France), working in particular on the crisis of the refugees, being herself a volunteer in Calais.
She recently completed her new play « We the European People », believing that there is no better way than literacy to explore the darkness of the European soul as well as his inventiveness towards a better world. The play offers to the public a dialogue between actors of various European nationalities, and a debate between nationalism and a federal Europe.