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New JEF president calls for “more united Europe”

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The newly elected president of the Maltese branch of JEF (Jeunes Européens Fédéralistes), Brendan Zerafa, said that Europe should go “beyond a nation state mentality”.

Zerafa said that his organization is about creating a federative Europe. “This means that we want Europe to include both a state level and a national level,” he said. “We believe that there are some things, like foreign policy, that the EU should take care of and others, like education, that should remain in the hands of the member states.”

“As JEF Malta we advocate a social Europe more than other JEF branches do,” Zerafa said. “This is because Malta’s used to a strong social service.”

“Ultimately JEF is all about advocating democracy, human rights, and a united Europe.”

JEF Malta held  its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, where the outgoing executive were replaced by a unanimously elected new set of members. Having had an important and word-laden scholastic year, in which the MEP elections dominated most of the organization’s agenda, the outgoing JEF Malta President, Christopher Scicluna, labelled the year as a “success” for the organization. He advised the incoming executive members to “follow the footsteps of your predecessors” and “work foremost for the benefit of the organization, and not for private gain.” The outgoing Secretary General, Isaac Zammit, then gave a lowdown of the activities organized by the executive over the past year, such as the JEF BBQ, their involvement in the Freshed Up Party for University freshers, and most notably the three MEP debates which were organised in University, ITS and MCAST respectively. These debates were attended by a large number of students and involved participation from several MEP Candidates from the three largest parties.

Brendan Zerafa briefly outlined his main aims for the next scholastic year; primarily, the raising of awareness of more technical and in-depth European and national issues, ranging from drug decrimilization to the signing of the Euro-American Free Trade Agreement. His intention is for people to start getting informed, and more importantly, to have an informed opinion on these important matters.

Zerafa emphasized that the newly created post of Events Coordinator will help to create more social events and that JEF Malta, thanks to more sponsorships and EU grants, will also have a profitable margin.

The newly elected executive are as follows:

President: Brendan Zerafa

Vice-President: Isaac Zammit

Secretary General: Jake Azzopardi

Assistant Secretary General: Matthias Camilleri

Financial Officer: Joey Reno Vella

Public Relations Officer: Stefan Cutajar

Projects Manager: Alessandra Baldacchino

Events Coordinator: Roberta Briffa

International Officer: Emma Farrugia

Board Member: Isaac Spiteri

 

We at Insite would like to wish all the newly Elected JEFfers congratulations and the best of luck in the upcoming year.

 

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