XXVIII UEF European Congress

25-26 November 2023

The Congress will take place on 25 and 26 November 2023 in Brussels. On Saturday, we will be kindly hosted by the House of the European History, Rue Belliard 135, 1000 Bruxelles. On Sunday, the Institut Européen de la Culture Arabe, Rue de l'Alliance 2, 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode will receive us.

Toward the European elections

The Congress is the most important event in the life of the organization and it will be the occasion to debate future of Europe and further support and disseminate the important initiatives of the European Parliament regarding the reform of the Lisbon Treaty and the europeanising of the elections to the EP.


Saturday, 25 November 2023

10.15: Opening of the Congress

  • Election of the Presidium
  • Formalities:
    • Election of the Tellers
    • Election of the Credential Committee
    • Election of the Resolution Committee
    • Approval of the Agenda
    • Approval of the Minutes of the last Congress in Valencia (3-4 July 2021)

10.30 | Welcome addresses

  • Hans-Gert Pöttering, Former President of the European Parliament (2007-2009), President of the House of European History (video)
  • Rainer Wieland, Vice-President of the European Parliament, President of Europa-Union Deutschland EUD
  • Petros Fassoulas, Secretary General of the European Movement International EMI tbc
  • Christelle Savall, President of Young European Federalists JEF
  • Prof. Fernando Iglesias, President of the World of Federalist Movement WFM (online)

Key note address: Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission and former President of the European Parliament (2004-2007)

11:10 | Opening speech and Political report by Domènec Ruiz Devesa, UEF President

Q&A and Political Debate

Special address by the Representative of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU: Raúl Santiago Fuentes, Ambassador Deputy Permanent Representative of Spain to the European Union

Interventions of:

  • Brando Benifei, MEP
  • Rainer Wieland, Vice-President of the European Parliament, President of EUD
  • Alin Mituta, MEP
  • Petros Fassoulas, Secretary General of the European Movement International EMI tbc
  • Cyrus Engerer, MEP
  • Marcos Ros, MEP
  • Mercedes Bresso, MEP
  • Sandor Ronai, MEP

Special address by: Enrique Barón Crespo, Former President of the European Parliament (1989-1992), President of UEF Spain

12.10 | Activity report | Deadline of submission of candidacy for UEF Executive Bureau and UEF Federal Committee members directly electet

12.25 | Financial Report by Roland Hühn, Treasurer of UEF

  • Q&A
  • Report by the Auditors
  • Discharge of the outgoing Executive Bureau

13.00 | Lunch break

14.00 | Political Debate in view of the launch of a Convention for Treaty reform and the European elections


  • Sandro Gozi, MEP, Chair of the Spinelli Group

Video messages from:

  • Guy Verhofstadt, MEP, Renew Europe
  • Sven Simon, MEP, European People's Party
  • Gabriele Bischoff, MEP, Socialists and Democrats
  • Daniel Freund, MEP, Greens/European Free Alliance
  • Helmut Scholz, MEP, The Left

Intervention of

  • Pietro Bartolo, MEP
  • Thijs Reuten MEP

15.00 – Presentation of the study "Mapping the cost of non-Europe (2022-2032)" by Meena Fernandes, Policy analyst of the European Parliament Research Service

15.30 | Workshop to present UEF Position in view of the European Elections 2024 and discuss strategy and campaign

16.30  Presentation of the candidates to the different positions and elections

17.00 | Closing Ballots

  • Afterward: transfer to the secretariat in Square de Meeùs for the counting of the votes and for the meeting of the Resolution Committee

17:50 | End of the session

Sunday, 26 November 2023

Institut Européen de la Culture Arabe, Rue de l’Alliance 2, Brussels

8.45 | Arrival of Participants

9.00 | Opening of the third session of the Congress

  • Announcement of the results of the elections

9.45 | Meeting of National delegations to nominate appointed members of the Federal Committee

10.15 | Vote on the political documents

11.00 |Decision related to the transfer of UEF headquarter from Netherland to Belgium

  • a) Proposal for a decision to transfer the Association's headquarters from the Netherlands to Belgium, Région de Bruxelles capitale, Square de Meeûs, 25;
  • b) Proposal to draw up Statutes in accordance with Belgian law, respecting the operating procedures of the existing Statutes and to adopt the form of an "Association Internationale Sans But Lucratif (AISBL)" to be called "UEF";
  • c) Proposal to accept the draft Statutes;
  • d) Proposal that the Congress appoints Mrs Giulia ROSSOLILLO as sole representative to express before the Notary Bernard DEWITTE the will of the Congress to take the formal decision to change the headquarters, to adopt the new Statutes and to appoint the new administrators (EB members);
  • e) Proposal that the Congress appoints Mrs Giulia ROSSOLILLO as sole representative to sign the deed in accordance with the foregoing resolutions, to request the aforementioned Notary DEWITTE to seek the approval of the Belgian Ministry of Justice for the AISBL's Statutes and to proceed with the publication of these Statutes in the Moniteur Belge".

11.30 | Honorary Presidency awarded to Sandro Gozi

11.45 | Closing remarks by the UEF President

12.00 | End of the Congress

12.15 – 13.00 | Meeting of the new Executive Bureau


OPEN REGISTRATION (until 17 november 12 pm)

Please register by clicking the button below before Wednesday 17 November, 12 p.m. (noon).


The calculations for the delegates (again, the method applies for the first time) is submitted to the Federal Committee on 21 October.


If you are delegate but unable to come, and substitute delegates is exhausted, a proxy is admissible in a way that no delegate controls more than two votes.

The delegate who is absent and makes the proxy must still register for the Congress and provide his or her identity document.


Contribution to each participant, observers and delegates alike. Guests (speakers, etc.) are exempt from the contribution.

50 €: full participation contribution.

25 €: reduce participation contribution for participants under 25 years old, students, and and job seekers.

The participation fee must be transferred to the following bank account:

Union of European Federalists

Bank: BNP PARIBAS FORTIS BANK, Rond-point Robert Schuman 10, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
IBAN: BE69210037609578

Communication: "Congress Brussles 2023: *First Name* *Last Name*"

We also ask for all participants to submit an identity document (passport, national identity card) for security purposes.




Our statutes—adopted in Valencia, and therefore applied for the first time for the convening of the Congress—regulate the obligations relating to the Congress, especially in Articles 11 and 12 and Articles 20, 21 and 22. We bring to your attention in particular those indicating the requirements for submitting candidacies (Article 22.2).

The Congress directly elects - and with different voting:
A (according to Articles 11.3 and 16.1 of the Statutes):
- the President,
- the Vice-Presidents (fixing the number between 2 and 4)
- the Secretary General, on the indication of the President
- the Treasurer
- the members of the Executive Bureau (fixing the number between 5 and 10)

Candidates for the Executive Bureau can apply by using the form below:


Then send to secretariat@federalists.eu

The members of the Arbitration Board (7 members, who must not be members of any UEF body)

Candidates for Arbitration Board can apply by using the form below:


Then send to secretariat@federalists.eu

Candidates for the members directly elected of the Federal Committee

1 for each started amount of 10 delegates appointed by the national sections, i.e.: 10 in total

According to Article 22 of the Statute, candidacies must be accompanied by a number of signatures equal to at least 10% of the delegates to the Congress (i.e. 14) or the support of three national sections.

Signatures  can still be collected directly at the Congress. All candidacies must be deposited at the Congress presidium, accompanied by the necessary signatures, by noon on Saturday 25 November.



The Candidates are:

  • President
    • Domènec Ruiz Devesa
  • Vice Presidents:
    • Markus Ferber
    • Alin Mituta
    • Giulia Rossollilo
  • Segretary General
    • Luisa Trumellini
  • Treausurer
    • Roland Hühn
  • Arbitration Board
    • Ugo Ferruta
    • Marianne Hühn
    • Peter Osten
    • Stefano Spoltore
    • Danoela White

For the Executive Bureau and Federal Committee members directly elected, it will be shown the list after the 12:00 of Saturdays 25.



The following political commissions are announced the meetings:

Joint Political Commission 1 and Political Commission 3 Meeting - 17 November, 18:00 CET - Registration link here

Debate on the Manifesto 2023 (FOR A FEDERAL EUROPE: THE URGENCY OF OVERCOMING THE CURRENT TREATIES) and the Statement The atrocities of the wars in Ukraine and Palestine remind us of the urgency of having a federal European government to be able to act on the international stage

Political Commission 2 

Political Commission 4 - 21 November, 18;00 - Registration link here

Debate on Proposal of Resolution For Restoring Growth and Competitiveness in Europe proposed on 17 October 2023 by Markus Ferber, Luca Lionello

Decision related to the transfer of UEF headquarter from Netherland to Belgium

Here below the documents related to the transfer of UEF Headquarter from Netherlands to Belgium to be approved on Sunday 26 November

  1. Statutes AISBL English
  2. Statutes AISBL French
  3. Table of Comparison
  4. Explanation note on the Statutes to be approved