About JEF Netherlands

We are the Dutch branch of the pan-European youth organisation: Young European Federalists.

Meet the board

jef nl board

Yves is based in Maastricht and Tom in Utrecht. Florian is currently based in Brussels, whilst Ian and Alex have recently moved to the UK! We help out the local sections and organise the pan-Netherlands events. Have a question? Contact Us!

Our goal

The goal of JEF is the creation of a democratic European federation as a crucial ingredient for peace and a guarantee for a more free, just and democratic society. JEF promotes true European Citizenship and strives for a more just and integrated society on the European continent. It is independent from all political parties and ideologies and pursues its objectives autonomously. Nevertheless, we do work with other political movements, public institutions, associations and the general public in the sharing of ideas and encouraging debate on the EU.

How do we spread our ideas?

  • Regular meet-ups with members and supporters to discuss European affairs, politics, history, you name it – we’ll discuss it!
  • Organising events to inform and engage the public such as the recent Ukraine Debate Maastricht ahead of the Dutch referendum on the EU-Ukraine Association agreement, and the up-coming Brexit debate in Amsterdam
  • Street actions to raise awareness of burning European issues among the general public
  • Organising international seminars and training sessions on a wide range of topics
  • Working with other JEF sections, such as through the Cross Border Network to reach a wider audience
  • Writing current articles for our blog and The New Federalist webzine
  • And more…

Where are we active?

We are currently active in Amsterdam, Maastricht, Tilburg and Utrecht and are expanding throughout the Netherlands! If you want to become a JEF Ambassador for your local area, get in touch and we will give you all the help you need to set up a local section – email: netherlands@jef.eu

Our partners
sfm-logoStudent Forum Maastricht is an annual student conference that brings together 50 students from all over Europe and policy-makers of the European Union. The Forum offers international students the possibility to discuss EU related topics in small working groups. In cooperation with the European Commission, the students draft policy proposals dealing with issues currently at stake. Due to the innovative character of the conference ideas can be exchanged between policy-makers of today and tomorrow. SFM is part of the European Studies Association Concordantia at Maastricht University. The conference takes place at the Maastricht University Campus in Brussels from 13th until 17th of April 2016. For more information please visit the website: www.student-forum.eu or find SFM on Facebook.
MEUS partnerMEUS is a simulation of the European Union’s decision-making process, a project bringing together more than 180 young Europeans at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, in April 2016 and over 1,300 young Europeans since the project’s foundation in 2007. For one week, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the inner-workings of the EU, by taking on roles such as Members of the European Parliament, Ministers of the Council of the EU, journalists, lobbyists and interpreters. Within these roles they will discuss two up-to-ate European political topics – Refugee crisis, and the use of Renewable energy.

The main purpose of the conference is the simulation of the EU’s decision-making process, in this case the ordinary legislative procedure and consent procedure between the European Parliament and the Council of the EU. During the conference the participants will learn how the legislative process between these two institutions works and what a working life in the institutions of the European Union feels like.

You may find more information about our project on the following website: www.meu-strasbourg.orgFollow MEUS on Twitter @ModelEU or find MEUS on Facebook. Model European Union Strasbourg is a project by: Bringing Europeans Together Association e.V. www.beta-europe.org.

estEuropean Student Think Tank (EST) was foun­ded in 2010 to serve as a plat­form to inform stu­dents about and involve them in the EU policy-making pro­cess. It is based on the belief that stu­dents, by apply­ing their aca­demic skills and know­ledge, can mean­ing­fully con­trib­ute to this pro­cess. The import­ance of this vis­ion was recog­nised when the EST was awar­ded the national Char­le­magne Youth Prize for The Neth­er­lands by the European Par­lia­ment in 2011. The EST, through its web­site, events, and net­work in the European Union’s (and can­did­ate) mem­ber states, provides stu­dents with a plat­form for their ideas and ques­tions. EST is a non-partisan, non-profit, and non-governmental organ­isa­tion (NGO) that aims to incor­por­ate as many stu­dents, dis­cip­lines, and view­points as possible. Find out more on their website: europeanstudentthinktank.com, on Facebook, or on Twitter @ESThinkTank.