In this page UEF Secretariat upload all the training projects for UEF volunteers and UEF local sections, in particulars the works of the UEF Network Acedemies.
This video is the recording of the meeting of the UEF Network Academy session took in place on 5 December to teach the local UEF Communication officers of the local sections how to use the UEF local website.
Why a Communications Handbook?
In the ongoing effort of the UEF to improve the way our organisation communicates on federalist values, ideas, and actions, the European Secretariat of the UEF is publishing a series of training on communications.
This handbook is the "physical" aspect of this project. It covers the basics to communicate effectively and in a concerted manner. More than ever, the Federalist movement must show unity and deliver concrete results. Our activists, European citizens, and political representatives are counting on us to promote and advance the idea of a federal Europe, sovereign and democratic. One way of achieving this objective is through thoughtful communication.
While this guide is open to all, it is mostly targeted at the people responsible for the communications activities of the UEF's national and local sections. Feel free to share it within your sections, with your members and the people who have a stake in how the UEF or your section communicates.
I hope that this guide will be of use to you. In any case, feel free to contact the Secretariat of the UEF: we are at your service. I wish you a pleasant and informative reading.
Anna Echterhoff, Secretary-General of the UEF
How to use this handbook
This guide is written for the novice and the experts alike, as both will find advice adapted to their skills, as well as important information that all Federalist activists should know. This document will give you the most important information and tips for starting and improving your communications activities.
The best way to use the handbook is to apply as much as possible the advice, information, and lessons it contains. After each page, consider how you can enrich your work with what you just read. Proceed to advanced methods only when you are confident in your mastery of the basic elements.
Do not worry: this time will come sooner than you think.
We wish you the best in your communications activities.
Alexandre Météreau, UEF Policy and Communications Officer
Davide Negri, Communication Consultant
The UEF Network Academy (UEF.academy) offers a series of free professional online training for UEF and JEF members to improve and support their work as volunteers. All of these workshops are conducted online via ZOOM.
Participation is open to all UEF and JEF members, from all over Europe.
The recording are not avaiable because the authors denied their consent to leave the material.
List of events:
- 25.10.2022, 19:30 CET Basis of UEF Communication with Nana Walzer (max 3h)
- 03.11.2022, 19:30 CET What could a common EU migration policy look like?
- 09.11.2022, 19:30 CET How to fight disinformation?
- 14.11.2022, 19:30 CET Voice and Expression Training
- 28.11.2022, 19:30 CET Voice and Expression Training
- 05.12.2022, 19:30 CET What could a common EU migration policy look like?
- 07.12.2022, 19:30 CET Bright Leadership Training
- 14.12.2022, 19:30 CET How to fight disinformation?
- 15.12.2022, 19:30 CET Voice and Expression Training
- 28.12.2022, 19:30 CET How to fight disinformation?
List of trainers:
- Nana Walzer, journalist
- Dirk van den Boom, political scientist, University Munster CEO Micado Migration gGmbH
- Alexa and Alexander Waschkau (maker of Hoaxilla Podcast)
- Nikola Vodicka, trainer for voice, appereance, effect
Milan | The international seminar “Federalism: national, European and global perspectives - Winning the challenge of identity, democratic governance and interdependence” is a yearly training and debate event jointly organized by the Union of European Federalists and the Young European Federalists in cooperation with their national sections and other partner organizations.
The seminar will gather ca 60 international participants and ca 20 participants from Italy. Participants will come from different countries and different ages and background, mainly people interested in European affairs and the perspective of federalism at all levels of governance.
The seminar will focus on federalism in its national, European and global dimensions, exploring the challenges facing and the opportunities offered modern federalism at all level of government in contemporary societies.
Through a combination of conferences, moderated panel debates and interactive working groups, the seminar will cover a wide range of aspects of federalism, from its theoretical foundations to its actual application in response to the most pressing issues in our societies at the national, European and global levels. Speakers will come from the world of academia, civil society, administration and politics from different countries.
The meeting is open to members and non-members.
FEDERALISM – SETTING THE SCENE by Paolo Vacca, Secretary General of the Union of European Federalists
FUNDAMENTALS OF FEDERALISM by Luisa Trumellini, Secretary General of the Movimento Federalista Europeo
THE FEDERAL STATE: THEORY AND COMPARISON OF DIFFERENT EXISTING FEDERAL
STATES by Giuseppe Martinico, Associate Professor of Comparative Public law at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa and Fellow at the Centro Studi sul Federalimo of Turin
NATIONALISM, POPULISM, GLOBALISATION, FEDERALISM: STRUGGLING FOR IDENTITY AND SOVEREIGNITY IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETIES by Alberto Martinelli, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Sociology at the University of Milan
IS FEDERALISM THE RIGHT MODEL FOR EUROPEAN INTEGRATION? by ROBERTO CASTALDI, Director of CESUE (Centre for European and Global Governance) and Associate Professor of Political Theory at eCampus University and FEDERICO OTTAVIO REHO, Research Officer at the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, Brussels
DEVELOPMENTS AND CHALLENGES IN MODERN FEDERAL AND REGIONAL STATES – THE CASE OF SWITZERLAND, UNITED STATES, GERMANY AND SPAIN
- GILBERT CASASUS, Professor of European Studies and Director of the Centre for European Studies of the University of Fribourg (on Switzerland)
- PAOLO VACCA, Secretary General of the Union of European Federalists (on the United States)
- OTTO SCHMUCK, Vice President of the Union of European Federalists (on Germany)
- JOAN BOTELLA, Dean of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the Autonomous University of Barcelona and President of Federalistes d'Esquerres (on Spain)
WHAT FEDERAL MODEL FOR EUROPE? THE INSTITUTIONS
- GIULIA ROSSOLILLO, Professor of EU Law at the University of Pavia
- ELMAR BROK, Member of the European Parliament, President of the Union of European Federalists
- SIETSE WIJNSMA, Policy Advisor on Constitutional Affairs to the ALDE Group in the European Parliament
WHAT FEDERAL MODEL FOR EUROPE? ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL POLICIES
- FABIO MASINI, Professor of Theories and History of International Economic Relations at the University of Roma Tre
- CHRISTOPHER GLÜCK, President of the Young European Federalists
- BRANDO BENIFEI, Member of the European Parliament, Vice President of the European Movement International
FEDERALISM AT GLOBAL LEVEL
- PILAR LLORENTE RUIZ DE AZUA, Member of the Federal Committee of the UEF
- SUSANNA CAFARO, Professor of European Law at Università del Salento, Author of the blog “Supranational Democracy”
- ANDREAS BUMMEL, Director of Democracy Without Borders and of the international campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly
The Federalist Debate & Training Weekend is a yearly event for experienced and new activists. The weekend is the perfect opportunity for UEF and JEF members to engage with expert speakers, discuss federalism and current European political issues from a federalist perspective and take part in practical training on campaigning for a federal Europe.
The 2016 edition, hosted in Greece – a country concurrently exposed to the Euro crisis, a social crisis and the refugee crisis – focused on three of the main challenges facing the European integration project today through the common thread of European solidarity:
• Solidarity between states: from a monetary union to a fiscal and economic union
• Solidarity between citizens: towards a social Europe and European welfare tools
• Solidarity between peoples: European solutions for the refugee and migration crisis
Expert speakers introduced each session to enable participants to develop their theoretical and political understanding of the topic. Each session examined how a federalist perspective offers solutions to the problems faced.
Sunday was dedicated to three practical-oriented workshops.
The Federalist Debate & Training Weekend is a yearly event for experienced and new activists and members of UEF and JEF who are interested in discussing federalism and current European political issues from a federalist perspective and to engage in a practical training on campaigning for a federal Europe.
The 2015 event was hosted in Madrid and had the pleasure of welcoming the three former Spanish presidents of the European Parliament for a public event in the Office of the European Parliament in Madrid. Mr. Enrique Barón Crespo, Mr. José María Gil Robles and Mr. Josep Borrell Fontelles discussed the “Challenges and Opportunities Towards a Federal Europe” as a roundtable discussion on the evening of Saturday 14 March.
Further panel discussions explored options and visions for the future of the European Union while hands-on workshops aimed to develop the practical skills to match the theoretical knowledge covered by the panel discussions.
- Models and Options for the Future by Ignacio Molina
- How to communicate the goals and activities of the federalist movement? by Laura Bringina
- Reading material
The Federalist Debate & Training Week-End is an international seminar for experienced and new activists and members of UEF and JEF (Young European Federalists), who are interested in discussing federalism and current European political issues from a federalist perspective and to engage into a practical training on campaigning for a federal Europe and specifically for the European Parliament elections.
With a focus on the European elections, the training aims to consolidate a network of national, regional, local focal points for UEF campaign for the elections.
The weekend focused on three elements:
- (1) POLITICS - a panel on current political issues that could become topical in the election campaign;
- (2) FEDERALISM - a panel on a structural federalist topic relevant in the current debate and in the European elections
- (3) CAMPAINING- a practical campaign-oriented session and 3 workshops on matters related to the European elections.
CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES TOWARDS A FEDERAL UNION
- Andrew DUFF, President of the Union of European Federalists, Member of the European Parliament, Spokesman for the Committee on Constitutional Affairs for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)
COMBINING FISCAL DISCIPLINE, SOLIDARITY AND GROWTH: LESSONS FROM FEDERAL STATES AND CHALLENGES FOR EUROPE
- Harald STIEBER, Member of the Federal Committee of the Union of European Federalists, Economist at the European Commission, and previously specialist on fiscal federalism in the EU context at the Austrian Ministry of Finance
- Alexandre DE STREEL, Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Management of the University of Namur and at the Economic School of Louvain
- Charles DE MARCILLY, Head of Brussels Office at Robert Schuman Foundation
CONSOLIDATING THE EUROZONE, PRESERVING THEUROPEAN UNION: REFORMING EU TREATIES OR AN ADDITIONAL TREATY TOWARDS A MULTI-LEVEL EUROPE?
- Richard CORBETT, Member of the Cabinet of the President of the European Council, Mr van Rompuy, responsible for institutional issues
- Giulia ROSSOLILLO, Professor of European Law at the University of Pavia, Director of the political review The Federalist
- Piotr Maciej KACZYŃSKI, Adviser to the Polish delegation to the European Parliament, Formerly Head of Programs and Research Fellow at CEPS (Centre for European Policy Studies) in Brussels
SHARING BEST PRACTISES ON HOW TO RUN NATIONAL OR EUROPEAN GRASS-ROOT CAMPAIGNS: FEDERALIST AND NON-FEDERALIST CAMPAIGN EXPERIENCES
- Pauline GESSANT, President of the Young European Federalists
- Peter MATJAŠIČ, President of the European Youth Forum
- Guillaume LIEGEY, Head of the “door to door campaign” in the campaign team of François Hollande’s presidential election, Author of the book "Porte-à-porte Reconquérir la démocratie sur le terrain"
- Veronica SCOGNAMIGLIO, European Campaign Coordinator on Discrimination of Amnesty International European Institutions Office
HOW TO LOBBY POLITICIANS AT LOCAL, NATIONAL AND EUROPEAN LEVEL?
- Diogo PINTO, Secretary General of the European Movement International
- Phillip SOUTA, Director of Business for New Europe
CAMPAIGNING FOR EUROPE: HOW TO GET THROUGH THE MEDIA? HOW TO USE NEW MEDIAS?
- Dominique OSTYN, Senior Manager Communication & New Media at Euractiv
- Jon WORTH, European blogger, new media expert and Partner at TechPolitics LLC
HOW TO KEEP A LOCAL/REGIONAL/NATIONAL SECTION ACTIVE AND POLITICALLY RELEVANT?
- Luisa TRUMELLINI, member of the national board of the European Federalist Movement (MFE) and Secretary of the local section of Pavia
- Peter OOMSELS, President of JEF-Belgium