My name is Patricia Enssle, I am 26 years old and from Germany. Currently, I am studying the European Master in Government, which is a Double Degree program at the University of Konstanz, Germany and the University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. At the moment, I am living in Barcelona and, of course, I really enjoy it.
Motivation for the position
I could experience the JEF-spirit for over five years now. Starting at the local level and most recently on the regional level as current Vice-President of the regional section JEF Baden-Württemberg in Germany. During those exciting years, I did not only learn a lot about European issues, the possibilities youth movements have to get active, but also about the organization itself, its structures, pitfalls, and processes. In my current position, one of my main responsibility is the organization of our annual simulation of the European Parliament, where approx. 150 pupils experience – in the Parliament in Stuttgart – what it means to be an MEP. This and the organization of several regional assembly and committee meetings provided me with experience in organizing, coordinating and managing large and important statutory events. Furthermore, I represented my section on the federal JEF Germany level and at regional and national UEF assembly meetings. Besides this, the work and functioning of other JEF Europe sections are not completely new to me, since I am the contact person for our regional cooperations with our neighbors from YES. As much as I enjoy my work at JEF Baden-Württemberg, I always missed a bit the „real“ European experience in daily work. That’s why I would like to become active at JEF Europe and join a team of young motivated people from all over Europe.
I think the best way I can contribute to JEF Europe’s great work is to contribute my experiences in organizational and administrative matters. Even though I haven’t been a member of the FC yet, I think my experiences would best fit in the support of the FC Presidium. Additionally, I am neither a member of a political party nor involved in religious groups, thus I see myself as an independent mediator between interests, who is able to handle conflict situations. Therefore, I very much like to run for the new FC as a directly elected member with a neutral perspective. I would be really pleased about your vote at the European Congress in Zurich and I am looking forward to a great weekend. If you have any questions or doubts about my candidature, feel free to contact me at any time.
My Vision of the Future of JEFI
n the last months the European Union is confronted with so many crisis situations and faces a real test of its existence. Especially, in the present situation it is crucial to make young people aware of the importance of the European Union for providing peace in Europe. In my opinion, one of the most important tasks of us Young European Federalists is to take on action and get the youth more involved in European issues. What the current refugee crisis shows is that the European Union urgently needs more integration and the political will to find common solutions. JEF should also take that into account by creating an even better network between national sections, also involving regional sections, and launching more pan-European actions.
My Opinion on the needed Political Commissions and Taskforces/Working Groups
I think the three political commissions did a great job and should continue to exist. Considering the task forces, maybe there could be one responsible for networking with national and regional sections in order to intensify pan-European communication. another task force could just take action when there is a need to act, as e.g. now during the refugee crisis situation.