Who is behind Citizens For Europe?

Citizens For Europe was initiated by the so called “Steering Committee” in 2010. The Steering Committee consists of committed civil society actors and it’s members are experts in their respective fields. They make the community visible and spread your ideas through this website, social media, and newsletters. Moreover, they provide you with up-to-date information on funding opportunities, resources, and tools so you can create your own network.

Sign up, publish your events and ideas and get feedback!

The Steering Committee connects you to your peers all over Europe. More info about how to get connected can be found on our support page. The easiest way to find out how we can help you is to browse through the resource section, or to contact the Network Coordinator Christian Miess by writing to

The Steering Committee

Esther Durin
IHECS (Institut des Hautes Études des Communications Sociales)

Teacher and European projects coordinator within a journalism school (IHECS). Esther is involved in several collaborative projects on media pluralism and on social and citizen-oriented journalism. She also coordinates training programmes in European non-profit communication and advocacy for IHECS further education centre (IHECS Academy)


Christian Miess
Citizens For Europe

Christian Miess is the Network Coordinator at Citizens For Europe. He connects the community, maintains and creates work processes in the background, making it possible for all members of Citizens For Europe to establish ties and work together effectively. His interests center around the diverse connections between people, media and politics.



Laetitia Veriter

Based in Paris (but often in Brussels), Laetitia has been working with civil society networks for the past nine years on projects related to citizen participation, democracy and the future of Europe.

Within Citizens For Europe, she is particularly involved in communications and the strategic development of the project. Laetitia is always happy to meet member/new organisations and discover new initiatives. So, if you happen to have interesting projects, she will gladly meet you to speak about the platform and potential collaboration!



Inga Wachsmann
Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer

Programme officer with Charles Léopold Mayer foundation. Among other programmes, she is in charge of the foundations’ programme striving for a democratic and participatory Europe. She is based in Paris when not travelling around to meet, network and co-work with the foundations’ partners.


Martin Wilhelm
Citizens For Europe gUG

Martin is Director of Citizens For Europe gUG Berlin since 2010. Prior to this he worked across Europe for public and private institutions, such as the Goethe Institute, ARTE Television, European Movement or German Development Agency. He completed his studies in political and social science in Örbro (SE), Greifswald (DE) and Belgrade. 
He focuses his professional and social engagement on the areas of European citizenship, participatory democracy, diversity and collective intelligence.



Citizens for Europe is a joint effort of organisations and initiatives. The aim is to connect projects and processes through transparency and extended feedback loops to eventually overcome competition between civil society actors.

Citizens For Europe is directly financed by the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind. The creation and initial development of the website, the processing and circulation of proposals, the search for organisations and the fostering of ties among these organisations is financed by the foundation.

Citizens For Europe gUG (CFE) is a Berlin based non-profit NGO that promotes the development of a participatory and inclusive European Union. CFE focuses on issues of citizenship, diversity, and political participation in the EU.

Our transnational projects include online voting platforms, local street campaigns, international conferences, academic research and publications as well as interactive workshops.

In our projects CFE applies participatory approaches and non-formal education techniques. In doing so, we bring together a broad variety of private and public actors to develop creative and innovative solutions, utilising the collective intelligence of our network.

The Institut des Hautes Etudes des Communications Sociales (IHECS) organises university and life-long training in communication, journalism, socio-cultural activities and permanent education. IHECS aims at defending media pluralism and exploring new routes for citizen-centred European journalism, based on synergies between the media and civil society.

The European Movement is an international organisation open to all political, economic, social and cultural trends in civil society. Its objective is to contribute to the establishment of a united, federal Europe founded on the principles of peace, democracy, liberty, solidarity, and respect for basic human rights.

It seeks to provide a structure to encourage and facilitate the active participation of citizens and civil society organisations in the development of a united Europe. Its national councils and associated member organisations work towards bringing together representatives from European associations, political parties, enterprises and trade unions.

Born over half a century ago, the European Movement has played a crucial role in the construction of Europe and the organisation focusses its attention on influencing political, social and cultural arenas within the framework of European Civil Society.