The Spinelli Group
The network of federalist-minded Members of the European Parliament. The Group aims to “find a federal majority among members of the European Parliament on important subjects” and reinvigorate the endeavour for federalisation of the European Union (EU). Among the main objectives of the Group are the commitment to the strengthening of European integration and the desire to defend and relaunch the role of the European Union institutions.
About The Group
Named after Altiero Spinelli, founder of the Union of European Federalists (UEF) and one of the founding father of the European integration, the Spinelli Group was created in September 2010 in the European Parliament in Brussels by MEP Guy Verhofstadt (RENEW), former MEPs Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Sylvie Goulard, and former EP Vice President Isabelle Durant.
The Group is composed of MEPs belonging to different political families who pursue the objective of the federal reform of the European Union.
MEP Brando Benifei (S&D), Head of the Italian Delegation of the S&D Group in the European Parliament, is the current President of the Spinelli Group.
The Spinelli Group’s Manifesto
With a manifesto, recalling the Ventotene Manifesto written by Altiero Spinelli, Group activists call members of the European Parliament and Europe’s citizens to fight nationalism and intergovernmentalism, speeding up the process of European integration and promoting a federal Europe.