My name is Miriam Postiglione, I am 24. I am a student in Master Degree in Law at the University of Milan. I joined JEF in 2009 when I started to be involved in local and regional activities. In 2013, I became president of JEF Milan, an enriching experience implementing our cooperation with UEF Milan and student organizations by developing a circle of debates on European topics, such as the economic and financial crisis and immigration. I spent the last two years in the national board of JEF Italy, as both international officer and directly elected member of the JEF FC, where I mostly cooperated in the task force for the European election campaign. As an international officer, I enjoyed the chance to always develop new contacts with other national sections, in order to organize joint seminars and street actions.
Motivation for the position
I came to the decision of running for the EB member position after a deep reflection. After those years of commitment at the national level mostly, I found myself ready to give an added value to the organization by sharing my experience, my enthusiasm and energy for the challenges to come, and my belief in the federalist cause. Speaking about the federalist value. Since I joined JEF during high school, I have had the chance to take part in political debates and seminars. In those occasions, I have been motivated, especially thanks to the MFE members (UEF Italy), to deepen my knowledge on the federalism literature. It was, for me, the way to really involved my life in the federalist cause. I am convinced that this training helped me in developing the capacity to analyse the political situation and to focus what are the main problems in the current EU construction. In fact, having a clear view of the problematic is the only way to decline the federalist challenge in each and every historical momentum with its specific political actions. If elected as EB member, I would like to be involved in the campaigning activities, such as street actions, pan-European actions and flash-mobs, both on their political elaboration and practical managing and coordination. If we, as JEF, want to increase our visibility, it is important to develop how we want to spread our message in a very precise and organized way. To do so, two aspects should be kept as priorities for the next two years. The first one is the internal dialogue among the EB. I will be very pleased to be involved in a working team where responsibilities are shared and coordinated, a team that will be able to offer a high commitment and efficiency in the managing of the European level. The second aspect is related to the dialogue with national sections. Following my experience as international officer, I would like to commit myself in a continuous dialogue with JEF sections to be enriched by their proposals and to assure a stronger participation from them in the European level’s activities. That is what can make us united in diversity.
My Vision of the Future of JEF
In my opinion, the priorities of JEF in the next two years should be divided to external aims and internal aims. Starting with the external one, three aims can be identified. Firstly, in order to continue the work done by the last European Board and give a coherence to the organization and to the political platform, we should continue the campaign for a new convention for Europe. The second top priority should be the call for democratic process concerning the current deeper and differentiated integration in Europe. This summer has shown the need to pursuit and to complete the Economic and Monetary Union process. Indeed, in the Greek situation, rose up once again, and stronger than ever, the lack of a proper fiscal capacity for the Eurozone, which drove the Heads of States in running for specifics treaties and fiscal practices outside the framework of the Treaty of Lisbon. What JEF needs to stand up for, now, is to call for passing from a system of governance and rules to a real institutional framework, which will assure the democratic legitimation that is lacking at this time. The third priority should be to affirm a strong JEF position on foreign policy, starting with the immigration policy. The current situation all over the continent underlines the inefficiency and shortage of Dublin regulation and so the need to reform it. Beyond immigration issues, the EU foreign policy has appeared too weak and shy to drive through an efficient negotiation in the Ukrainian conflict. Besides, the lack of a common foreign policy has led to a not coordinated action in Libya. JEF must be able to elaborate concrete proposals for each of these issues in the next two years. Concerning the internal aims, I believe it is essential to carry on the work the current EB has done on internal communication, both with national sections and local sections. Especially regarding the local sections, I think that the twinning program will give, in the next two years lots of positive outcomes. Sections are the roots of the organization and the exchange of best practices among them is, for sure, a way to implement the participation of small and local branches at the European level as well. To conclude, I think it is fundamental to keep the strong cooperation with the others federalist forces as UEF and pro-European ones as EMI. This cooperation will help us being more visible and able to develop our position in a more inclusive and thought way. In parallel, we should keep on offering our contribution to the Youth Forum and within the Structured Dialogue.
My Opinion on the needed Political Commissions and Taskforces/Working Groups
I believe that PCs and Task Forces should be kept strongly connected to the EB in order to assure the efficiency of the organization. About the PCs, I will not change their division, as it assures right now a good cover of the entire political themes. They should be more inclusive and open to every member of the organization in order to have punctual and detailed political resolutions. Task forces, as we have seen them in the past two years, are a very efficient way to work if well connected with the coordination of the EB. I would like to keep the small and new sections task force and to articulate the work to do into the European democracy one.