The Spinelli Group is the network of federalist-minded Members of the European Parliament. The Group aims to "find a federal majority among members of the European Parliament on important subjects” and reinvigorate the endeavour for federalisation of the European Union (EU).
Named after Altiero Spinelli (1907–1986), founder of the Union of European Federalists (UEF) and a founding father of the European integration, the Spinelli Group was founded on 15 September 2010 in the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels by Guy Verhofstadt, former co-chair of the Greens–European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA) group Daniel Cohn-Bendit, former French MEP Sylvie Goulard (ALDE) and former EP Vice President Isabelle Durant (Greens/EFA).
Andrew Duff is its current President. The Union of European Federalists provides organisational and political support to the group.
The Spinelli Group's Manifesto
With a manifesto, recalling the Ventotene Manifesto written by Altiero Spinelli, Group activists call members of the European Parliament and Europe's citizens to fight nationalism and intergovernmentalism, speeding up the process of European integration and promoting a federal Europe.
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