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Meet our candidates for the last European Elections. We run in 6 countries!



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Georgios Kostakos, Vice-President

Georgios Kostakos, Vice-President, European Federalist Party 

 He served on the secretariat of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP) as Senior Adviser and Acting Deputy Executive Secretary, and on many other positions at UN Headquarters in New York, UN field missions, the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and the University of Athens.

He is currently an independent consultant based in Brussels, Belgium. In his over twenty years of experience he has been dealing with issues of global governance and sustainability, climate change, UN reform and policy planning, UN system coordination, political affairs, conflict resolution, peacekeeping and peacebuilding. 


Pietro De Matteis, President

Pietro De Matteis, PhD, President of the European Federalist Party
As a convinced federalist I first joined the European movements (e.g. JEF, GFE) after my Erasmus year at University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne in 2003 when I was engaged in the campaign for the ratification of the “European Constitution”. It is back then that I first considered developing a pan-European federalist party.

An economist by training, I  graduated from the University of Milan-Bicocca (summa cum laude) and obtained a Masters-level degree from the European College of Parma. Thanks to some scholarships and by working aside, I had the opportunity support my studies towards a PhD in international studies form the University of Cambridge and to research in the USA (Columbia University) and in China (Renmin University).

As I believe that we can improve Europe also “from the inside”, I currently work for the European Commission where I manage cooperation programmes with third countries. In the past I worked for the Chamber of Commerce of Milan, for a Multinational Company in Shanghai, for the European Central Bank and for the EU Institute for Security Studies.

At the same time, a lot can only be changed “from the outside” by engaging with Europeans directly. For this reason I am actively involved in politics as one of the co-founders and President of the European Federalist Party. In this capacity I stood as an MEP candidate in Belgium with our list Stand Up for the United States of Europe at the latest European Elections and I was elected vice-President of the movement Stand Up for Europe emerged from the merging process of the European Federalist Party, Stand Up for the United States of Europe and USE Now!

As Europe is diversity, I speak Italian, English, French, Spanish and Chinese.  To see what I am up to you can follow me on Twitter and on Facebook!


Économiste de formation, Pietro a étudié à Milan et Paris et s’est spécialisé en affaires européennes au Collège Européen à Parme. Pietro a passé son doctorat à l’Université de Cambridge et a été « visiting scholar » à l’Université de Columbia (New York) et à l’Université de Renmin (Pékin). Il a débuté sa carrière en France et en Allemagne au sein de la Banque Centrale Européenne et de l’Institut de Sécurité de l’Union Européenne. Il travaille actuellement à la Commission Européenne où il est en charge de projets de coopération avec plusieurs pays en Amérique du Nord et en Asie.

Pietro est co-Président du European Federalist Party qui est désormais présent dans 16 pays européens. Il a participé à la création de ce parti afin de réconcilier les citoyens avec le projet Européen et a été candidat au Parlement Européen en Belgique avec la liste “Stand Up for the United States of Europe”. Il parle anglais, francais, italien, espanol et chinois. Travaillons ensemble pour une Europe meilleure! Suivez-moi sur Facebook et Twitter!


Below you will find a selection of some of my most recent interviews and a selection of my own articles published on international magazines and journals.



A more extensive list is available in the MEDIA section.