Vienna, 24 November
SANDRO GOZI ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNION OF EUROPEAN FEDERALISTS
The European Congress of the Union of European Federalists meeting in Vienna under the slogan “Sovereign again through Europe” has elected Sandro Gozi as its new President, succeeding Elmar Brok, leading German CDU member of the European Parliament.
Speaking to 250 delegates from 25 European countries Gozi highlighted: “The message of Altiero Spinelli has never been so strong and so current: the new cleavage between nationalism and federalism is more and more at the centre of the European debate and of the national debates on the future of Europe. We European Federalists must help rallying all pro-European forces across Europe around of a project of united and federal Europe against the project of the nationalists who want to dismantle our Union. We must challenge the status quo and call for a radical process of European reforms that can gain the hearts and minds of European citizens and deliver the Europe we need. The European Parliament elections in May 2018 will be a crucial moment”.
Sandro Gozi was the Secretary of State for European Affairs Member in the Renzi and Gentiloni Governments (2014-2018) and Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies (2006-2018). Prior to that, he was a diplomat and then spent more than a decade in the European institutions notably as a European Commission official (1996-2000) and then as member of the Cabinet of European Commission President Romano Prodi (2000-2004) and advisor to European Commission President Jose Barroso.