President

Elmar BROK is a German Member of the European Parliament and the current Chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs. In November 2013 Elmar Brok was elected President of the UEF. Since September 2010 he is an active supporter the Spinelli Group of MEPs. (German, born in 1946)

Vice-Presidents

Philipp AGATHONOS is a diplomat, who has served for 7,5 years at the Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU and now works as a head of unit for Civilian Crisis Management and Conflict Prevention in the MFA in Vienna. He is UEF Vice-President since 2001, member of the UEF Bureau since 1997 and Vice-President of EFBÖ (UEF Austria) since 1993. (Austrian/Greek, born in 1965)

Isabelle DURANT is a Belgian politician, Member & Vice-President of the European Parliament since 2009 and co-founder of the Spinelli Group with Sylvie Goulard, Guy Verhofstadt et Daniel Cohn-Bendit. She belongs to the Belgian Green Party (ECOLO) which she co-chaired several times. Graduated in economic and social politics, she is currently the Vice-President of UEF. (Belgian, born in 1964).

Francesco FERRERO was Secretary General of JEF Italy from 2001 to 2005 and Deputy Secretary General of UEF Italy from 2005 to 2009. Since 2009 he has been a member of the UEF Bureau. He has also been Assistant to the Editor of The Federalist Debate magazine since 1999. Apart from being a federalist, Francesco is the Technology Transfer manager in a Research Institute on Information and Communication Technologies based in Torino, Italy. He was responsible for designing the website of UEF's European Referendum Campaign in 2007 and the brand new website of UEF Italy. (Italian, born in 1975)

Andrey KOVATCHEV is a Bulgarian politician, member of the European Parliament and Head of the Bulgarian delegation to the EPP. He is chairman of the Union of European Federalists in Bulgaria and Vice-president of the UEF. In the EP he is a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Security and Defense, Committee on Regional Development. (Bulgarian, born in 1967)

Otto SCHMUCK is member of the Presidium of Europa-Union Deutschland. He is a former member of the Institut für Europäische Politik e.V. (IEP) team and is member of its Academic Advisory Board. At the head of the European Department of the Rhineland-Palatinate Regional Representation in Berlin since 2015, he is the spokeman, of the "Future of Europe" association (German, born in 1953).

Secretary-General

Paolo VACCA was elected as (volunteer) Secretary General of UEF in June 2014. Italian, but currently living in The Netherlands, he joined the European Federalist Movement (MFE) in Milano (I) in 1990. Since then Paolo has been active at all levels of the federalist movement, including being President of the Young European Federalists (JEF) in Italy in 1995-1997 and at European level (JEF-Europe) in 1999-2001, Member of the UEF Bureau in 1999-2008 and then again as of 2011. He has organised and contributed to countless conferences, seminars, events and grass-root campaigns and actions across Europe. Professionally Paolo works as Director Legal Affairs Europe for a global chemical multinational with European headquarters in The Netherlands. (Italian, born in 1969)

Treasurer

Kolja BIENERT is UEF Treasurer since 2014 and Chairman of Horitzó Europa [UEF Catalonia]. He is passionate about the effects of multilingualism and globalisation on the unification of Europe. He is convinced that 21st century Europe can inspire the rest of the world thanks to successful diversity management. He has worked on pan-European campaigns since 2003 and is actively involved in associations since 2005. (Born in 1979) 

Bureau Members

Jacques DUCRY 

Jacques Ducry is born in Lugano, Switzerland. Almuni from Geneva University, this law professor was public prosecutor in Tessin for 16 years and national investigating judge for 5 years. Jacques Ducry was also a member of the regional parliament and municipal councillor for more than 10 years. He is now Vice-President of the New European Movement Switzerland (Neue Europäische Bewegung Schweiz - NEBS) since 2016.

Ortrun GAUPER, currently managing partner at Aggurat Communications Advisors GmbH (AUT), has been involved in European affairs for more than 20 years. She held various positions such as Deputy head of office in the permanent representation of Austria to the EU among others. She has been active in both the European Movement Austria and the Austrian section of the Union of European Federalists (Europäische Föderalistische Bewegung, EFB) for many years, acting among others as chair of the political commission on Economic and Monetary Affairs at the European level and as Vice-chairman of UEF Austria (Austrian, born in 1969). 

Sylvia-Yvonne KAUFMANN, is a German politician, a Member (S&D) of the European Parliament since 1999 and former Vice-President of the European Parliament. She acted as member of the Convention for the European Charter of Fundamental rights and of the Convention on the future of Europe. Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Federal Service Cross) for her long-term commitment to a peaceful, social and democratic Europe. In 2009, she became the president of Europa-Union Berlin and member of the Presidium of Europa-Union Deutschland (German, born in 1955).

François MENNERAT, Vice-President of UEF-France. initially practised as a clinician, obtained a Master and a PhD in health systems management and health informatics, and was appointed as medical adviser with public and private health insurance bodies, as well, at a time, as an officer at the French Ministry of health, and associate lecturer at the University of Saint-Étienne. Actively involved in several European R&D projects in the field of Health Informatics (successive Framework Programmes), and in standard development activities within CEN (European Standardisation Committee), the last 20 years of his professional career made him extensively travelling Europe-wide (and beyond), being in regular contact with numbers of field actors and many EC officers. Leading or chairing several working groups or bodies, he facilitated consensus emergence between actors with diverse practice and culture, notably administrative. (French, born in 1944)

Domenec RUIZ DEVESA is a lawyer, economist, and foreign policy specialist. Appointed by the Spanish government to the European Youth convention held in Brussels in 2002, he joined the Union of European Federalists in 2013 and participated to the foundation of the UEF Madrid section. Domenec Ruiz Devesa also participated in the “Consejo Federal Español del Movimiento Europeo” (Spanish, born in 1978).

Luisa TRUMELLINI , graduated in philosophy, started to be active in JEF and UEF since mid ‘80s. At present she is member of the MFE national board and secretary of MFE-Pavia (since 1986), where she is in charge of the implementation in town of the federalist political campaigns. She is very committed in recruitment and training activities, being also responsible for the regional training seminar in Lombardia on “Federalism and European unity” (since 1995). Deputy director of the Spinelli Institute from 1988 to 2001, she was in charge of the organization of the Ventotene international seminar. She is editor of a small federalist journal in Lombardia and of the European Letter, and she is assistant to the editor of The Federalist. (Italian, born in 1959)

Catherine VIEILLEDENT has been an academic in American literature for ten years, changed over to the French then European administration (budget issues). She is involved in associations since 1993, passionate about the democratic debate, European policies and multilingualism. She holds a believe that the permanence of the European civil service is a key to the furthering of the European project. She has been Secretary to the Brussels section of Group Europe since 2000 and Secretary-General of the group since 2010. (French, born in 1956)

Wolfgang WETTACH

Honorary Presidents

Andrew DUFF, OBE is a Liberal Democrat politician, president of the Union of European Federalists from 2008 to 2013 and a Member of the European Parliament for the East of England region of the UK.



Jo LEINEN is a Member of the European Parliament representing Germany. He was elected on the SPD ticket and acts as a representative within the Party of European Socialists group. He obtained a law degree in 1972 and a Certificate of Advanced European Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, in 1974. He has been a President of the UEF from 1996 to 2006.

Honorary Members

Friedhelm FRISCHENSCHLAGER is an Austrian politician, originally a member of the Freedom Party of Austria before co-founding the Liberal Forum in 1993.  Frischenshlager has served in the European Parliament (1996-1999), as a Director of the department of democratization of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo (2001-2003), and he has been a Secretary-General of the UEF from 2005 to 2007.

Alfonso IOZZO has graduated in economics from the University of Turin and started his career at the Istituto Bancario San Paolo di Torino, where from 1961 to 1995 he held in succession the position had of research and planning department; General Manager, International Division; and Deputy Chief General Manager. From 1995 to 2001 he was Secretary General of Compagnia di San Paolo, Turin, from 2001 to 2006 Managing Director of San Paolo Imi, and from 2006 to 2008 President of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti in Rome. In addition he occuped numerous non-executive position in financial institutions (Associazione Bancaria Italiana, Hambros Bank LTD London, Banque Indosuez Paris, Banco del Desarrollo Santiago, Ruegg Bank AG Zurig, Inter-europa Bank Budapest, Institut of International Finance Washington DC). He was also a member of the Movimento Federealista Europeo since 1963, served as ITC president from 1995 to 2005, and he has been a member of the Executive Board of the Union of the European Federalists since 1998.

Guido MONTANI is a full time professor of International Political Economy at the University of Pavia (I). In 1970 he was elected President of the Jeunes du MFE, the supranational organisation of the federalists during the sixties, until 1972, when in the Luxembourg’s Congress the present JEF was founded. As the responsible for the youth policy in the MFE-Italy, he founded the first federalist seminar in Ventotene in 1982 and after Spinelli’s death, the Altiero Spinelli Institute for Federalist Studies in 1987. In 1993 he was elected Secretary-General of the MFE and from 2005 to 2009 he was President of the MFE. From 2008 to 2013 he has been a Vice-President of the UEF.

John PARRY was previously UEF Vice-President and also an honorary member of JEF. Aided by Ernest Wistrich and other federalists he conducted a successful campaign to establish a European Union citizenship. He is an editorial Board member of Federalist Debate and has written on federalist topics, notably with  regard to Libya and elsewhere in Africa.


Sergio PISTONE is a professor of European integration at the Faculty of Political Science at the univeristy of Torino, also holder of the chair "Jean Monnet". He is member of the scientific committee publishing the series "History of Federalism and European Integration" ("Storia del Federalismo e dell' integrazione europea").

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