European Students ‘ Forum – AEGEE

AEGEE (French: Association des Etats Généraux des Etudiants de l’Europe), also called European Students ‘ Forum , is one of the largest interdisciplinary student organizations in Europe. Its name is derived from a part of the Aegean Sea , one of the birthplaces of modern democracy, and on the other of the first parliament established at the beginning of the French Revolution , the Estates General (États Généraux in French), the first parliament .


The organization was established in the year 1985 and has about 13,000 members in 271 university cities in 40 European countries (data ever increasing).

AEGEE is a non-political, non-denominational and non-profit membership organization that the European spirit is promoted and the image of a united, open and without borders through projects, trips, workshops, cultural exchanges Europe is encouraged and activities in collaborating university in Europe.

It is characterized by having no national structures, operating only at local and European level.

For example there is currently AEGEE in Alicante , Barcelona , Bilbao, Burgos, Castello , La Coruna, Las Palmas, Leon, Madrid, Oviedo, Santander, Tarragona, Tenerife, Valencia and Zaragoza but no AEGEE-Spain.

One of the most popular proposals is the organization AEGEE Summer Universities (SU calls for its acronym in English) organized by and for students and academic activities which combine with entertainment events.


AEGEE was founded in 1985 in Paris under the name EGEE (Etats Généraux des Etudiants de l’Europe). At that time, the European Economic Community was growing, and a group of students, they thought, they had to create a platform through which young people could transmit to the European and national institutions their ideas and proposals on Europe.

AEGEE was able to encourage many students to establish offices or antennae in their cities, and a year later, the group of students were already a European association, with offices in six cities, including Madrid, near Leiden, London, Milan and Munich.

The association grew rapidly throughout the continent, thanks to the support of politicians and media. In 1987, AEGEE, along with François Mitterrand , EGEE was a very important impetus to theSocrates Erasmus program. In 1988 the name was changed to AEGEE. Since 1990, AEGEE also supports the integration of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

In 1995 the headquarters in Brussels, where the 9 members of the Directeur Committee (the Board of AEGEE-Europe) live and work in a multitude of projects AEGEE was established. Ankara and other Turkish cities join the network.

In 1996 more than 1000 students are actively involved in the series of conferecias “Find Your Way …” explaining that students do in the emerging civil society in Central and Eastern Europes.

In 1998 AEGEE organizes its first visit to Cyprus; AEGEE-Magusa (Famagusta) will join the association in 2001.

In April 1999, the AEGEE-Academy was founded in the Agora of Barcelona, in response to the preparations for the European School in Gießen.

In 2000, Education for Democracy, the new school program that connects students to study in conflicting Kosovo foreign universities. During the fall, members of AEGEE-Belgrade in front of the public assembly that learns from the defeat of Milosevic.

In the years 2001-2002 AEGEE organizes major projects aimed at peace and stability in southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean region.

In 2002 begins AEGEE TV.

In 2003 the first study trip to the Caucasus is organized. AEGEE-Europe organized the first international student conference in Cyprus.

Fields of action

AEGEE organizes a wide range of projects, most of which are related to one of the main fields of action: Active Citizenship active, Higher Education , Peace and stability, and Exchange Cultural .

Active citizenship

AEGEE is a non – partisan organization, working closely with the government, institutions and other non – governmental organizations to alzancar their goals in Europe. AEGEE is proposing toprovide voice policy for its members at different levels, organizing conferences on a range of topics and using the results to exert political pressure on European institutions.

Higher Education

AEGEE represents students who care about good education at European level. To support student mobility, AEGEE supports language learning, promotes international cooperation in the academic world, and campaigns for the development of European education programs.

Peace and stability

To give hope to the democratic ideals, tolerance and mutual understanding between young adults from communities in conflict, AEGEE contributes to solve the conflicts in the Balkans, Caucasus, Cyprus, Greece and Turkey. AEGEE also organizes conferences and seminars themed international politics.

Cultural exchange

Foster respect and appreciation among people of different cultures is the core of all the work of Aegee. AEGEE sets his sights on European Integration , believing that integration can never be a top-down process, but must be based on friendship among Europeans. AEGEE groups organize a number of cultural exchange events every year.

Presidents of AEGEE-Europe so far

Name Antenna Mandate
Franck Biancheri Paris April 1985 – April 1988
Vieri Bracco Milan April 1988 – November 1988
Frédéric Pelard Toulouse November 1988 – November 1989
Adolfo Dominguez Madrid November 1989 – May 1990
Achim Boers Delft May 1990 – November 1990
Georg von der Gablentz Berlin November 1990 – April 1992
Jeroen Hoogerwerf Amsterdam April 1992 – April 1993
Pavel Miladinovic Prague April 1993 – November 1993
Zsuzsa Kígyós Budapest November 1993 – April 1994
Dorian Selz Geneva April 1994 – November 1994
Christina Thorsson Lund November 1994 – April 1995
Scholten van Egens Iterson Enschede April 1995 – November 1995
Christoph Strohm Colony November 1995 – April 1996
Jordi Capdevila Barcelona April 1996 – November 1996
Gerhard Kress Mainz November 1996 – April 1997
Peter Ginser Karlsruhe April 1997 – November 1997
Sergio Caredda Gorizia November 1997 – April 1998
Hélène Berard Aix-en-Provence April 1998 – October 1998
Stefan Seidel Augsburg October 1998 – April 1999
László Fesus Szeged April 1999 – November 1999
Fani Zarifopoúlou Athens November 1999 – May 2000
Oana Mailatescu Cluj-Napoca May 2000 – November 2000
Karina Häuslmeier Passau November 2000 – November 2001
Pedro Panizo Valladolid November 2001 – May 2002
Tomek Helbin Warsaw May 2002 – November 2002
Mark de Beer Enschede November 2002 – May 2003
Diana Filip Cluj-Napoca May 2003 – October 2003
Adrian Pintilie Bucharest October 2003 – April 2004
Nicola Rega Turin April 2004 – November 2004
Silvia Baita Cagliari November 2004 – May 2005
Burcu Becermen Ankara May 2005 – November 2005
Leon Bakraceski Skopje November 2005 – May 2006
Alistair De Gaetano Valletta May 2006 – November 2006
Theijs van Welij Enschede November 2006 – November 2007
Laure Onidi Toulouse November 2007 – August 2008
Dragan Stojanovski Nis September 2008 – August 2009
Agata Patecka Poznan September 2009 – August 2010
hands Valasis PEIRAIAS September 2010 – August 2011
Alfredo Sellitti Salerno September 2011 – May 2012
Marko Grdosic Zagreb May 2012 – August 2012
Luis Alvarado Martinez Las Palmas September 2012 – July 2014
Paul Smits Enschede August 2014 – July 2015
Aleksandra Kluczka Kraków August 2015 – July 2016
Reka Salamon Aachen August 2016 –