The Core Team

Citizens For Europe is carried by a small core team, a heterogeneous group of dedicated activists with diverse expertise from different organizations and engagement areas. The core team decides about the strategic development when it come to thematic and monetary support to the community. As a decision making body, the core team is here to help you connect with your peers all over Europe, develop tools and resources to let members grow and gain visibility far beyond their respective constituencies.

Esther Durin

IHECS Academy

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.

Core Team tasks: follow-up of programmes and projects, communication

Topics: democracy, media pluralism and protection of journalists, penal policies and alternatives to prison, discourse analysis

Geographic area: mostly western and southern Europe

Languages: French, English, Spanish, Italian

Réka Lörincz

(Picture: (c) AGABY, photo: Moennsad)

Réka Lörincz is executive director of AGABY, the working committee of migration and integration advisory councils in Bavaria, Germany. Born in Hungary she lives in Germany since 2012 and also works as a mediator and coach. In her work she puts a special focus on human rights education, the fight against right wing extremism and racism as well as promoting the rights of ethnic minorities like Roma in Germany and Europe. Réka studied European Studies, English and Literature in Hungary before working in the Hungarian Foreign Ministry for 4 years. In this capacity, she was responsible for the  relations to South East Asia and the Pacific region.

Core Team tasks: auditor/ finances

Topics: migration-integration-inclusion, minorities, anti-discrimination, anti-racism, working against right-wing extremism, democratic participation, voting-rights

Geographic area: German-language countries, Central and Eastern Europe

Languages: English, German, Hungarian


Peter Matjašič

Open Society Initiative for Europe

Program officer within the accountability and participation unit of the Open Society Initiative for Europe, where he currently leads the protecting the right to hold governments to account portfolio. Peter is based in Barcelona and has been active in the field of youth work for 12 years, starting with the Young European Federalists and finishing as president of the European Youth Forum (2011–2014) advocating for the rights of young people and their organizations. He set up the English version of Le Taurillon webzine under the name, serving as its first editor-in-chief. Europe, tennis, and languages (he speaks eight) are his main passion.

Core Team tasks: staff line management, grant making practice, partnerships with funders

Topics: accountability, democratic practice, future of Europe, LGBTIQ+, participation, right to protest, youth, and whistleblowing

Geographic area: Southern- and Western Europe plus Slovenia and the Western Balkans

Languages: Slovenian, English, German, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, French, and Serbo-Croatian

Contact: Linkedin, or @curlyP

Christian Miess

Das Progressive Zentrum e.V.

Christian Mieß is Project Manager at Das Progressive Zentrum. He supports the “Future of Democracy” work area and in particular the European Hub for Civic Engagement. Christian focuses on the development of effective communication and work processes. For his projects and campaigns, he advocates equal opportunities for participation on a political and social level in a diverse European civil society. His interests center around the diverse connections between people, media and politics.

Topics: voting rights, deliberation, civic tech

Geographic area: Europe/ EU

Languages: English, German, Italian  or @miess

Laetitia Veriter

Between Paris and Brussels, Laetitia has been working with civil society networks for the past 15 years. As Program Manager, she manages all external communications and drives the strategic development of the platform (including partnerships and projects).

Laetitia is always happy to meet members/organisations, discover new initiatives, and connect non-profit actors. So, if you happen to have interesting projects, she will gladly explore potential collaborations with you!

Core Team tasks: Program Manager

Topics: Citizen participation, democratic innovations, civil society networks, future of Europe.

Geographic area: Europe/ EU

Languages: French, English, Spanish or @LtitiaV

Inga Wachsmann

Inga is engaged in European civil society, both as a volunteer and in her professional capacity. Working in philanthropy, her aim is to connect the sector to civil society. Besides bringing strategic thinking processes to the field, including their professional implementation, building bridges and linking topics and people across silos is her passion. Her motto: Democracy and participation are not hollow terms, they are the most precious elements of society that need to be put into practice! Inga lives and works in Paris.

Core team tasks: links to the philanthropic sector. Work on vital and open civic and democratic space in Europe. Networker.

Topics: migration, education, democracy, just transition, agriculture, ecology.

Geographic area: Western Europe

Languages: FR, EN, DE



Without our partners the European Movement International, Brussels and Das Progressive Zentrum, Berlin our work would not be possible.

Thanks for your support to a more diverse, participatory and democratic Europe!