Gilles Johnson

23rd of November, Bondy

French

Lives in Paris (France)

E-mail: gilles.johnson@coleurope.eu

Twitter: @actupol

Profile:

Coming from Bondy (in Seine-Saint-Denis, suburbs of Paris), I’m very attached to my region, very far of its reputation given by some media and politicians. I’m proud to be a commuter open to the world and especially Europe.

Interested in politics very young, I like to express my point of view and debate with people to confront and compare the opinions. My commitment in politics is expressed by different ways: activist in a French political party, in several associations, blogger… I consider commitment as an essential thing in a democratic society insofar as it is a way to be an active, vigilant and well-informed citizen.

I started to be interested to Europe at high school. During my studies, I decided to join Les Jeunes Européens France and the Mouvement Européen France as activist. The defence and the promotion of the European integration are as important as my political commitment. They are even complementary because you can’t defend and back Europe without taking into account the national political contexts.

Graduated in political science at Sciences Po Grenoble and in European Interdisciplinary Studies at College of Europe (Natolin Campus, Warsaw) and former ERASMUS exchange student at Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), I feel myself as a real European citizen. Former intern in a political group in the European Parliament, I’m very keen on European politics because I’m convinced of the necessity to get a real European political life to Europe be more legitimistic vis-à-vis the national citizens. By writing for Europe’s Cafe, I hope putting forward the idea of European citizenship and make people aware of the importance of Europe in the daily lives today and create the debate.

Education:

  • Master of Arts in European Interdisciplinary Studies, majoring in “Governance of the EU”, College of Europe (2010 – 2011)
  • Master of Arts in European Studies, majoring in “European administration and policy” (with distinction), Sciences Po Grenoble (2008 – 2010)
  • Erasmus Exchange Student at Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) (2008 – 2009)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Sciences Po Grenoble (2006 – 2008)
  • Bachelor of Arts in History (with pre-specialization in Contemporary History), La Sorbonne (Paris), (2004 – 2006)

Professional experience:

Intern Political adviser for the Socialist and Democrat group in the European Parliament, “Citizen’s Europe” Unit (from June to September 2009):

  • Technical and preparatory writings (in French and English)
  • Participation to the work groups, French delegation and “Liberties, Justice, Home Affairs” committee Meetings

Intern technical adviser for the Europe, International and “Culture de la Paix” Unit of the Seine-Saint-Denis local Council (in June and July 2010):

  • Technical administrative writings
  • Participation to the unit’s meetings
  • Searching of available Europeans subsidies vis-à-vis project managements (concerning the “Education au développement” issue)

Additional information:

Languages:

  • French (mother tongue)
  • English (C1 level, Council of Europe criteria)
  • Spanish (A2 level, Council of Europe criteria)

French Ministry for Foreign Affairs Lavoisier Scholarship Laureate, 2010 – 2011 academic year (as student at College of Europe)

Author of actupol 3.0 (http://gillesjohnson.wordpress.com) and actupol 3.0_en (http://actupol30english.wordpress.com)

Regular contributor of “Au café de l’Europe” and “Europe’s Café” more focused on European political life, European and national leaders’ policies and European citizenship and EU member States issues.

Jeunes Européens France and Mouvement Européen France Activist since 2006

Young Europe Co-founder and Secretary General, focused on youth inclusion and employment issue in France and within the EU-27 (http://yeurope.fr)

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