75th Anniversary


Sandro Gozi was the Secretary of State for European Affairs 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.


Vice - President

Domènec Ruiz Devesa, from the UEF Spain section lawyer, economist and political scientist.
Former senior advisor at the Ministry for the Presidency, a parliamentary assistant at the European Parliament, and the deputy chief of cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, he is very active in European federalism since 2013, co-founding UEF Madrid and UEF Spain. After the UEF Congress in Vienna, he has been engaged as an active member of the FC of UEF Europe. Currently, a Member of the European Parliament in May 2019 and S&D spokesperson in the Committee of Constitutional Affairs. In the European Parliament, works closely with  the Spinelli Group in order to make progress in the federalist roadmap.



Anna Echterhoff is a lawyer working in the public sector and Saarland, Germany. She has studied law at the University of Muenster and at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre (Erasmus grant), as well as canon law at the University of Muenster and at the Potificia Università Gregoriana in Rome. In 2009 she joined Europa-Union Deutschland and become an active member of its Brussels organisation. From 2011 to 2015, she was elected member of the Executive Committee of the EUD Brussels organisation and served from 2013 to 2015 as Vice-president. 


François Mennerat. 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, for 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 European Commission 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).

Bureau Members

Raphaël Bez is Secretary General of UEF/EMI Switzerland since September 2018 after having served as Deputy Secretary General from November 2017 to August 2018. He currently represents JEF Switzerland on the Board of the Swiss National Youth Council. Previously, he worked for various organisations in the social field and the promotion of youth as well as for the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in Berne and in Vienna (Austria) at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the OSCE. He has been involved for more than fifteen years in youth organisations such as the Scout movement and JEF Switzerland. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Political Science (University of Lausanne) and a Master Degree in European Studies (University of Fribourg).  


Daphne Gogou is a Greek lawyer, specialised in European Law and in Private International Law. She joined the European Commission in 1992 and since then has been working in different policy areas such as telecommunications, internal market, environment, justice and home affairs. She has vast experience on the functioning of the European Institutions, and she is a specialist on migration, security, people mobility and Human Rights matters. From 2014 to 2017, she has been the president of European Demos, a Greek federalist NGO and over the past 3 years she has been chairing the UEF Political Commission 4.


Daniel Gerer has been active with the European Federalists for over 2 decades covering different positions: he has been President of JEF Austria for 10 years, and then Secretary General. During this period he organised numerous trainings, debates, seminars, campaigns and other events. He is well experienced in European Democracy projects and campaigning. Currently,  he sees opportunities for UEF to use CoFoE and to advance Federalists' political goals for a united Europe.



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).

Wolfgang Wettach is Vice-Chairperson of Europa-Union Baden-Württemberg in Southwest of Germany, with over 3000 members it is one of the strongest UEF sections, he is also the Raportteur of the UEF Political Commission 3 on Foreign and Security Policy. He is founding member of the German Green Party and of the first Green Youth (Grüne Jugend). In his work life he is a Business consultant for tech Start-Up companies in the south of Germany since 1998.


Honorary Presidents

Andrew DUFFis 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. Furthermore, 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.

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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