F2020 is the first European Citizens' Initiative every registered. A historical achievement!
Citizens' Committee

The people behind this initiative

Grouped by nationality...



Austria

Markus Gastinger studied EU Studies at the University of Salzburg. He currently prepares his PhD at the European University Institute and was participant in the Cluny Convention in 2001.

Active in F2020 because: "I'd rather live in a Europe with Fraternité2020 than in one without."

MarkusGastinger@fraternite2020.eu


Belgium

Luca Copetti teaches Dutch and English at the Institut des Hautes Etudes des Communications Sociales in Brussels. He was participant in the Cluny Convention in 2001.

Active in F2020 because: "Europe must be built bottom up; by the citizens, for the citizens."

LucaCopetti@fraternite2020.eu


Axelle Reiter has a PhD from the European University Institute. She teaches international law at the University of Verona in Vicenza.

Active in F2020 because: "The creation of a united Europe passes by the creation of a truly European identity and civil society."

AxelleReiter@fraternite2020.eu


Bulgaria

Zornitsa Daskalova studied Finance at the University of Maribor, Slovenia, and in two other European countries as exchange student. She was participant in the Cluny Convention in 2009.

Active in F2020 because: "Europe is for me like a big family with many kids - all unique and independent, but they always stay united."

ZornitsaDaskalova@fraternite2020.eu


Avgustina Vasilieva studied Political Science at the University Complutense, Spain and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She worked with student programmes at the University of Porto.

Active in F2020 because: "Exchange programmes are the right way to build a European identity."

AvgustinaVasilieva@fraternite2020.eu


Dimitrina Filipova studied European Studies at Maastricht University, Netherlands.

Active in F2020 because: "Exchange programmes are the foundation of a truly united and integrated Europe."

DimitrinaFilipova@fraternite2020.eu


Yana Dimitrova studied Geography and IR at Sofia University and EU law at the University of Nancy, France.

Active in F2020 because: "We can be different and united at the same time."

YanaDimitrova@fraternite2020.eu


Polly Hristova studied Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh and in Kyoto, Japan. She worked at CEE Citizens Network in Slovakia

Active in F2020 because: "I wish to join like-minded people in the pursuit to improve European mobility services and strengthen European citizenship."

PollyHristova@fraternite2020.eu


Croatia

Nadia Bonifačić has studied European Studies at the University of Vienna, and Education Studies and German at the University of Cambridge. She was on  Erasmus in Frankfurt.

Active in F2020 because: "F2020 embodies social and political engagement, mobility, and democracy."

NadiaBonifacic@fraternite2020.eu


Cyprus

Nikolas Christofi is the administrative officer of Cyprus Youth Council and a volunteer in Agros Youth Club, which won the Charlemagne Youth Prize in 2010 and 2011. He studies Business Administration in Greece.

Active in F2020 because: "Europe is a multicultural village."

NikolasChristofi@fraternite2020.eu


Czech Republic

Helena Erbanová studied European Studies at Maastricht University and is currently an intern at the European Partnership for Democracy.

Active in F2020 because: "I believe that exchange programmes and mobility lead to truely united Europe."

HelenaErbanova@fraternite2020.eu


Petra Felknerová studies International Relations at the Charles University in Prague.

Active in F2020 because: "We all belong to the same community."

PetraFelknerova@fraternite2020.eu


Denmark

Søren Winther Lundby is managing director of New Europa and CEO & co-founder of Global Citizen.

Active in F2020 because: "We need a Union where the citizens are closer to the citizens."

SorenWintherLundby@fraternite2020.eu


Estonia

Allan Päll studies political science at the University of Tartu. He is currently the Chairperson of the European Students' Union.

Active in F2020 because: "Expanding exchange programmes is the right thing to do for Europe at the moment, in the future, and 10 years from now."

AllanPall@fraternite2020.eu


Finland

Jannina Viljakainen studies public health in Kuopio. She is also working at the theater.

Active in F2020 because: "I believe in European integration with solidarity."

JanninaViljakainen@fraternite2020.eu


Kai Ruotsalainen studies social policy at the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio.

Active in F2020 because: "I believe in a new, whole and open Europe."

KaiRuotsalainen@fraternite2020.eu


France

Philippe Perchoc is academic assistant at the College of Europe and co-founder of Nouvelle Europe.

Active in F2020 because: "We should create a genuine European Community of people and not only of states."

PhilippePerchoc@fraternite2020.eu


Sarah Verjux studies European studies in Strasbourg. She was participant in the Cluny Convention in 2011.

Active in F2020 because: "European citizenship can't be done without the knowledge of what we have in common with other European citizens."

SarahVerjux@fraternite2020.eu


Germany

Kathleen Hielscher prepares her PhD on European Public Policy at the University of Luxembourg.

Active in F2020 because: "Exchange programs are a very good opportunity to open our mind for Europe."

KathleenHielscher@Fraternite2020.eu


Georg Jürgens studies Democracy Science at the University of Regensburg. He writes his master thesis on the European Citizens' Initiative.

Active in F2020 because: "Exchange programmes are really important, plus I want to experience an ECI in practice."

GeorgJurgens@fraternite2020.eu


Rebecca Steglich studies European Affairs at Lund University, Sweden. She was on Erasmus exchange in Krakow, Poland.

Active in F2020 because: "I truly believe that exchange programmes unite people."

RebeccaSteglich@fraternite2020.eu


Fiona Weber-Steinhaus studied European Politics in Glasgow and is currently training as a journalist in Hamburg. She was participant in Cluny in 2011.

Active in F2020 because: "We are Europe! So WE have to create a greater link within the EU."

FionaWeberSteinhaus@fraternite2020.eu


Greece

Alex Troulinos studied BA at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki. He has been working in the radio sector for over 10 years.

Active in F2020 because: "Mobility will improve our personal skills, inter-cultural understanding, and the realization that a great future lies ahead of us."

AlexTroulinos@fraternite2020.eu


Ioakeim Vravas has a background in IR and European Studies and is commited to promote citizens' participation in public life.

Active in F2020 because: "It's only by bringing people closer that Europe will find its true raison d'etre."

IoakeimVravas@fraternite2020.eu


Foteini Asderaki is a lecturer at the Department of International and European Studies, University of Piraeus.

Active in F2020 because: "Mobility programmes build democratic and cohesive societies characterised by solidarity."

FoteiniAsderaki@fraternite2020.eu


Athina Giannoutsou is from Athens. She currently studies European Studies in Strasbourg.

Active in F2020 because: " We cannot build Europe without a European culture among EU citizens."

AthinaGiannoutsou@fraternite2020.eu


Hungary

Agnes Darabos studies international relations and creative writing in Budapest.

Active in F2020 because: "I believe in the importance of a united European identity, which can only be created from the inside, organically, on the level of the European citizens."

AgnesDarabos@fraternite2020.eu


Réka Hajós likes green lands, teaching children, doing funny things and adores getting to know other people.

Active in F2020 because: "We are ONE."

RekaHajos@fraternite2020.eu


Anikó Vécsi studied European Studies at Maastricht University and was an Erasmus exchange student in Brussels.

Active in F2020 because: "I believe that we really should be united in diversity."

AnikoVecsi@fraternite2020.eu


Ireland

Dearbhla Ní Fhloinn studies Law and French in Trinity College Dublin. Last year, she studied in Paris with Erasmus. She is currently Head of PR for the Model European Union Strasbourg.

Active in F2020 because: "Exchange programmes are the best way to discover, explore and nurture our European identities."

DearbhlaNiFhloinn@Fraternite2020.eu


Italy

Alessandra Mirabile studied EU Studies at the University of Salzburg, Austria. She is currently studying at the College of Europe in Bruges.

Active in F2020 because: "Without the active involvement of passionate citizens, the European Dream cannot come to reality."

AlessandraMirabile@fraternite2020.eu


Daniela Di Mauro studied European Studies at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She has been involved in several youth-development projects.

Active in F2020 because: "We need to build real solidarity through active European citizenship."

DanielaDiMauro@fraternite2020.eu


Laura Piani studied EU Studies at University of Florence. She has lived and worked in Brussels.

Active in F2020 because: "I strongly believe in the European project and I desire to help people in loving it."

LauraPiani@fraternite2020.eu


Maria Laura Trifiletti is lawyer in Italy. She currently lives in Bruxelles, where she is trainee at the European Projects Association.

Active in F2020 because: "Europeans have the right to get to know each other and break down prejudices."

MariaLauraTrifiletti@fraternite2020.eu


Latvia

Kristīne Kraukle studies educational sciences and is chair of the Education, Psychology, and Art Faculty of the Student Council of the University of Latvia.

Active in F2020 because: "I believe in it and want to witness a miracle."

KristineKraukle@fraternite2020.eu


Lithuania

Simona Pronckutė studies European Contemporary History at the University of Luxembourg and works as liaison officer at BETA.

Active in F2020 because: "We are not forming coalitions of states, we are uniting men."

SimonaPronckute@fraternite2020.eu


Luxembourg

Maika Grosbusch studies European Law at the University of Luxembourg. She was participant in the Cluny Convention in 2010.

Active in F2020 because: "Exchanges should not just be a privilege for some, but a right of all European citizens."

MaikaGrosbusch@fraternite2020.eu


Malta

Daniel Borg is currently following a Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology at the University of East London. He has worked extensively with various families, children and young people.

Active in F2020 because: "I believe that I can give a different contribution which adds to the richness brought by others."

DanielBorg@fraternite2020.eu


Netherlands

Jeroen Moes studied sociology and anthropology in Nijmegen. He currently prepares his PhD on European identities at the European University Institute.

Active in F2020 because: "Only through individual experience can we build true European solidarity and guarantee continued peace."

JeroenMoes@fraternite2020.eu


Poland

Tomasz Kłosowicz studies international relations at the University of Warsaw. He is Vice-President of the Polish Forum of Young Diplomats.

Active in F2020 because: "I believe that exchange programmes are the greatest success of the EU."

TomaszKlosowicz@fraternite2020.eu


Danuta Debogorska studied European Governance in Sheffield and Politics in Aberystwyth and Bilbao.

Active in F2020 because: "We need a stronger European identity, less stereotypes, and people that are closer to each other."

DanutaDebogorska@fraternite2020.eu


Portugal

Joao Bacelar advances exchange programmes and European citizenship at Campus Europae.

Active in F2020 because: "Mobility is our best shot to do away with narrow-minded nationalism - but making it a reality for all begs for more resources, commitment and ambition."

JoaoBacelar@fraternite2020.eu


Romania

Cristian Nitoiu is PhD student at Loughborough University working on democratic legitimacy within the foreign policy of the European Union. He is member of the UACES Student Forum.

Active in F2020 because: "I am optimistic about our Europeaness."

CristianNitoiu@fraternite2020.eu


Dan Ștefănică has studied European Public Administration and has worked in Spain, Romania, Bulgaria, and Belgium.

Active in F2020 because: "Each and everyone of us can make a change."

DanStefanica@fraternite2020.eu


Irina Popescu studies Construction Technology and Management. She is founding member of Tineret Romania and APT - Craiova.

Active in F2020 because: "be Europe ! bE U !"

IrinaPopescu@fraternite2020.eu


Slovakia

Matúš Sámel studied International Politics & International History at the University of Sheffield and spent one year at McMaster University in Canada.

Active in F2020 because: "A strong and prosperous Europe must be rooted in a culturally cohesive and integrated society."

MatusSamel@fraternite2020.eu


Tomáš Jílek studies international relations at Charles University in Prague. He took part in the Erasmus programme and studied at the University of Helsinki.

Active in F2020 because: "Exchange programmes are a step towards a voluntary and thus true European identity."

TomasJilek@fraternite2020.eu


Slovenia

Jaša Pipan studies translation at the University of Ljubljana. She was participant in the Cluny Convention in 2010.

Active in F2020 because: "EU exchange programmes are so important."

JasaPipan@fraternite2020.eu


Spain

Sara Benedi did her masters at the College of Europe and was active member of AEGEE. She currently prepares her PhD and teaches at University.

Active in F2020 because: "Exchange programmes are the true way to experience Europe and the path to a real European society."

SaraBenedi@fraternite2020.eu


Miguel Otero-Iglesias is Assistant Professor at ESSCA School of Management in Angers, France. He is the Chairman of the UACES Student Forum.

Active in F2020 because: "We need to spend more time with other Europeans so as to develop a genuine European identity."

MiguelOtero@fraternite2020.eu


Laura Herrero is writing her master's thesis on European citizenship and has worked in Spain, England and Belgium.

Active in F2020 because: "Mobility programmes are the best tool to make citizens feel more European."

LauraHerrero@fraternite2020.eu


Sweden

Maja Troedsson has studied a Master of Science in European Affairs at Lund University, Sweden, specialising on the ECI. She was an Erasmus exchange student in Cracow, Poland.

Active in F2020 because: "Everyone deserves a chance to be a part of the European adventure."

MajaTroedsson@fraternite2020.eu


United Kingdom

Carol Thompson studied law at Cambridge, UCL and King's College London. In 2004 she founded the English Law Students' Association. She is involved in organizing youth exchanges.

Active in F2020 because: "Freedom of movement is the most liberating and important EU value that we should protect and strengthen."

CarolThompson@fraternite2020.eu


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Bordeaux (FR)

Lucie Lechardoy studies European affairs at the political sciences school Sciences Po Bordeaux. She was an Erasmus student in Uppsala (Sweden) and is now an active member of the association Eurofeel in Bordeaux.

Active in F2020 because: "Exchange programmes are the best European integrators for the young generation."

LucieLechardoy@Fraternite2020.eu


Salzburg (AT)

Bengt Beier studies European law and politics in Salzburg. He ran the FairRoaming campaign and has previously worked in the European Parliament. He has a passion for design.

Active in F2020 because: "Exchange programmes help uniting Europe."

BengtBeier@Fraternite2020.eu


Madrid (ES)

Silvia Curbelo Betancort studied Journalism in Madrid and, thanks to an inspiring Erasmus experience, she decided to learn more about the EU. Currently she is studying European Public Affairs in Maastricht.

Active in F2020 because: "Exchange programmes have shown the youth that the EU is much more than an elitist economic project."

SilviaCurbeloBetancort@Fraternite2020.eu


Napoli (IT)

Pamela Ilonzo studied European languages, cultures and literatures at the University of Naples "Federico II" and has a Master in European Studies from the University LUISS Guido Carli in Rome. She currently teaches English to children.

Active in F2020 because: "Mobility and the promotion of cultural exchanges are two aspects of the EU's world wilde attractivness."

PamelaIlonzo@Fraternite2020.eu


Castilla-La Mancha (ES)

Beatriz Romero studied Journalism at Complutense University in Madrid. She worked as an EVS volunteer in Antwerp European Youth Capital 2011. She is currently doing an internship in an EU non-profit organization in Brussels.

Active in F2020 because: "I believe that youngsters can build a more united and fair Europe, and exchange programmes are helping them."

BeatrizRomero@Fraternite2020.eu


Antwerp (BE)

Hans Crab studies International Relations and Diplomacy at the University of Antwerp. He was an Erasmus exchange student in Lisbon and is currently preparing his master thesis in Krakow.

Active in F2020 because: "Exchange programs foster tolerance and solidarity within a united Europe."

HansCrab@Fraternite2020.eu


Warsaw (IE)

Karol Inglot studied international relations in Lublin. He is member of the Polish Forum of Young Diplomats.

Active in F2020 because: "Europe is our common heritage and we should all have chance to experience it."

KarolInglot@Fraternite2020.eu


Bucharest (RO)

Miruna Tataru studies Computer Science and Information Technology in French at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. She is member of EESTEC.

Active in F2020 because: "We are all europeans and there shouldn’t be any boundaries between us."

MirunaTataru@Fraternite2020.eu


Bucharest (RO)

Oana Iancu studies Finance and Educational Psychology at the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest. In the future she wants to go on Erasmus.

Active in F2020 because: "International experiences broaden people's minds and open up a world of opportunities."

OanaIancu@Fraternite2020.eu


Bucharest (RO)

Madalina Mihai has a background in Communication and PR. She was one of those lucky Europeans that were a beneficiary of the Youth in Action programme through EVS.

Active in F2020 because: "Future generations of European citizens should have the same opportunities as me."

MadalinaMihai@Fraternite2020.eu


Budapest (HU)

Ramóna Koska studies Economic Policy, Law and International Relations in Budapest. She spent one academic year in Valencia with Erasmus.

Active in F2020 because: "The best fulfillment of youth opportunities can only be attained with the European Youth."

RamonaKoska@Fraternite2020.eu


Tallinn (ET)

Kaisa Lindenburg has graduated from Tallinn University in the field of social work and was with Erasmus in Madrid. She was an active member in the ESN and works in the Federation of Estonian Student Unions.

Active in F2020 because: "Exchange programmes are the only means to teach efficiently how to be a genuine European citizen."

KaisaLindenburg@Fraternite2020.eu

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