Diana Mardarovici #76385 – Romania

What do you like about Europe?
The freedom of movement! What I most value is the opportunity of choosing where you live, where you work and what place best represents who you are.

What did your country gave to Europe (music, literature, theatre, politics…)?
Music – George Enescu, Art – Constantin Brancusi, Theater – Eugene Ionesco, Politics – Nicolae Titulescu, two terms President of the General Assembly of the League of Nations, Sports – Nadia Comaneci

What did Europa gave to your country (generals, kings & queens, artists, concepts)?
The Romanian Royal Family: Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen dynasty
The European Union – most important event in recent history

In result of your time at JCI: What did you love about JCI?
I love the personal growth, the learning opportunities, the friendship, the ideas and the spirit. I love so many things about JCI it’s hard to think about something I don’t like.

What do you love about the Senate?
That they help active members when they are asked.

What is your vision for Europa in 2044, the 75th anniversary of the European Senate?
An enlargement of the European Union, even more unity, an environmentally aware society and even more diversity.

What is the action you take to make that vision happen?
Promote the values of JCI and open hearts and minds to the ideals of a truly prosperous community!

Emanuele Colombo # 70422 – Italy

What do you like about Europe?
The fact that every country has wonderful and unique art, museums, architecture, countryside and traditions.

What did your country gave to Europe?
The best artists, from Michelangelo to Caravaggio, from Leonardo da Vinci to Raffaello. The best architects from Bartolomeo Rastrelli to Leon Battista Alberti, from Bramante to Brunelleschi to Renzo Piano. The best music composers from Vivaldi to Rossini, from Verdi to Puccini. The best writers and poets from Dante to Manzoni, from Leopardi to Ungaretti and Pirandello. The best cinema directors and actors, from Antonioni to Fellini, from Mastroianni to Sofia Loren, the best opera singers, musicians, food and wine.

Last but not the least, Italy gave to Europe two of the founding fathers of the European Union: Altiero Spinelli and Alcide De Gasperi. And the first european woman who became JCI President.

What did Europa gave to your country?
Democracy and the opportunity to live in peace.

In result of your time at JCI: What did you love about JCI?
I love that gives opportunities of growth to young people through amazing projects, interesting trainings and wonderful events. I love that gives opportunities to build friendships with members all over the world and a great networking.

What do you love about the Senate?
I love that gives the chance to keep on being part of JCI and to support new projects and new members.

What is your vision for Europa in 2044, the 75th anniversary of the European Senate?
A more integrated union of countries, goals and ideas and a lasting prosperity and democracy.

What is the action you take to make that vision happen?
As I learned in JCI, the impact of one is the key. So I will try to pursue these goals through my commitment in JCI, at work and in my everyday life.

Aleksandra Zygmunt – #77246 – Poland

What do yo like about the Europe?
I like Europe for democracy, tradition, culture, diversity.

What did your country gave to Europe (music, literature, theatre, politics…)?
Poland gave to Europe our culture, tradition, history. Famous people like: Fryderyk Chopin (musician composer), Wisława Szymborska (poet, Nobel Prize Laureat in literature), Lech Wałęsa (politic, Nobel Peace Prize Laureat), Adam Małysz, Agnieszka Radwańska (sportsman) etc.

My country is an example how to start our nationality, existence from the beginning, after war or other crisis. Besides that we have very good kitchen, cuisine 😉

What did Europe gave to your country (generals, kings&queens, artists, concepts)?
Thanks to Europe, European Union Poland is developing. We have much more possibilities.

In result of your time in JCI: What did you love in JCI?
This is my 7th year in JCI. I’m here because of at least few reasons. It’s great possibility to meet people, culture, tradition. One man can much but together we can do much more. Change beginns with me. The things which encouraged me to join was charity action in my local chapter and international projects, meetings. It’s also good way to see/learn how to manage company. I know JCI from the other side. I had great opportunity to be 2016 JCI European Council treasurer. JCI is an organization of young active leaders. I believe that together we can create better future for us, local areas, countries, world.

What do you love about the Senat?
Maybe it’s a bit to early to talk about it. Now i feel that JCI Senators are great, very supporting, full of energy people. It was an honour and great opportunity for me to receive from JCI Europe Senat grant for 2015 JCI European Academy.

What is your vision for Europe in 2044, the 75th anniversary of the European Senat?
I hope that time will be much more peace in the world. 
European Senat will be still supporting JCI nembers and organizations.

What is the action you take to make that vision happen?
I’ll try to do as much as i can to support my local and national organization. In 2044 it will be 55th anniversary of JCI Poland.

Temelko Dechev – #74289 – Bulgarien

What do you like about Europe?
There are so many opportunities that Europe offers today. Social, cultural, business, traveling, economics, sports, etc. Great gifts that we all should appreciate. The connections and friendships of the 500 million people that now share so many common things. Together. The greatest one is summarized in this song from the 1992 Eurovision Contest (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0b5whZydVZc). Europe is united and goes steady and firmly in a certain direction.)

What did your country gave to Europe (music, literature, theatre, politics…)?
Highly qualified skilled human capital. Delicious food and authentic yoghurt too.

What did Europe gave to your country (generals, kings & queens, artists, concepts)?
It is difficult to speak on behalf of an entire country.

In result of your time at JCI: What did you love about JCI?
The people. I made lifetime friendships with wonderful people from all over the world. Priceless!

What do you love about the Senate?
The active framework of concrete actions and the experienced and knowledgeable people who are the members!

What is your vision for Europe in 2044, the 75th anniversary of the European Senate?
I think that the focus should fall on the development of the following skills and human/social capital in our organization:

  • Critical thinking
  • Decision making
  • Complex problem solving.
  • Creativity
  • People management.
  • Coordinating with others.
  • Emotional intelligence.

What is the action you take to make that vision happen?
Running my businesses in alignment with all the above stated and adding value in the countries we do business in/customers we make happy. The DNA of the companies I run mirrors the values and goals I described above. That is a direct way I can truly contribute and impact that otherwise somehow abstract and far-fetched goal.

Péter Szamosközi – Norway #77326 National President 2013, JCI Hungary

What do you like about Europe?
Diversity: various cultural and historical places as well as events in few hours travel time. At this part of the world, something is always going on. 🙂

What did your country give to Europe (music, literature, theater, politics …)?
Founder of Hungary, István the First (975-1038), who became a saint of both Western and Eastern Catholic Churches. Báthory family (13-17. century), which were governors of Poland, Lithuania, Transylvania and Hungary. Ferenc Liszt (1811-1886), composer, pianist and conductor. Author of 1400+ masterpieces. János Neumann (1903-1957) and János Kemény (1926-1992), mathematicians, founder of Computer Science. István Szabó (*1938), filmdirector and screenwriter. Author of Mephisto (1981) and Sunshine (1999) among other films. Andy Vajna (1944-2019), film producer. Executive producer of Rambo2 (1985) Rambo3 (1988), Evita (1996), Terminator3 (2003), Basic instinct (2006), Terminator films (2007-2010). Famous Hungarian companies nowadays: Prezi, LogMeIn, Wizzair, Docler Holding, OTP Bank, MOL, Richter Gedeon Pharmaceuticals.

What did Europe give to your country (generals, kings and queens, artists, concepts …)?
Blessed Gisela of Bavaria (985-1065), first queen of Hungary. Traditionally her marriage to István the First is considered the beginning of the Bavarian-Hungarian friendship.
Miklós Zrínyi (1620-1664), born in Croatia: military leader, statesman and poet. Writer of Peril of Sziget (1651). Ádám Clark (1811-1856), born in Scotland: engineer, designer of Budapest Chain bridge, which was the longest bridge of the world that time. Gudbrand Gregersen (1824-1910), born in Norway: engineer, bridgemaker and designer of the old National Theater.

In terms of concepts:
– state hierarchy from Germany
– numbers from Arabs
– alphabet from Italy (Roman times)
– spa and thermal bath culture from Turkey (Ottoman empire)
– religion from Italy/Vatican (Western Cath.), Switzerland (Calvinist), Turkey (Eastern Cath.)
– balls and classic dances from Austria (Habsburg times).

In result of your time at JCI: What did you love about JCI?
Wherever I go, there are friends: either they have been, or they will be. Let’s give an example: I was approached for this interview as Hungarian, but hereby I have to say thank you to JCI Norway: when JCI Hungary got disaffiliated in 2015, they offered me to continue my membership there. Moreover, I received my senatorship last autumn from my chapter in Trondheim and JCI Norway.

What do you love about the Senate?
Having yet only a few months as a senator, I can talk about my home Senate in Norway, which has been extreme open and welcoming.

What is your vision for Europe in 2044, the 75th anniversary of the European Senate?
The best continent to live in: social security, low unemployment rate, integrated minorities, peace among countries and taking care of the environment.

What is the action you take to make that vision happen?
The current project I’m working for, is in April 2019: a two day long international conference on Young Leaders in Europe: first day includes JCI related partner organisations, trade chambers and foreign ambassador is giving keynote. The second day is focusing on stepping up for Europe.

Dietmar Gombotz – # 66530 – Austria

What do you like about Europe?
Europe is so many different cultures on such a small area that overlapps happen everywhere, this creates new and innovative ideas and social interactions not seen anywhere

What did your country gave to Europe (music, literature, theatre, politics…)?
Most people think of mozart but i think more of the many nobel laureates and one of the oldest universities in the world. since ww2 we try to be a place for exchange and diplomacy where agreements can be made.

What did Europe gave to your country (generals, kings & queens, artists, concepts)?
Opportunity as a bridge between the « old » and the « new » europe after the breakdown of the sowjet union.

In result of your time at JCI: What did you love about JCI?
The diverse set of people all with the common goal of changing our world. The place where « usual enemies » will be friends and where we do not care about colour, race or nation

What do you love about the Senate?
Keeping contact with the network of jaycees, but also beeing able to learn from older senators who share their ideas and their experiences

What is your vision for Europe in 2044, the 75th anniversary of the European Senate?
That we helped create a better JCI that grows and flourishes and brings people together

What is the action you take to make that vision happen?
Helping locally and connecting internationally, influencing and mentoring whenever i get asked