On February 27, 2019, a delegation of the UENFW met with EU commissioner Günther Oettinger at the Berlaymont-building, the European commission’s headquarters in Brussels.
The meeting was chaired by EU commissioner Günther Oettinger (Budget & Human Resources) and the UENFW’s president of honor, retired federal minister Doctor Franz Josef Jung. Phil Hogan’s Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, as well as Tibor Navracsic’s Department of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport were also part of the meeting.
UENFW President Robert Lönarz and General Secretary Erica Fischbach presented the aims of the "Union of European national football teams for winemakers e. V" and discussed possible cooperation projects, which could be coordinated by the head office in Geisenheim.
“Through our mutual interest in wine, football and education, we aim to build connections independently of language skills. Together with volunteer friends from eight European nations, we are working for a free, peaceful and friendly Europe”, said the team delegation.
“We are currently talking to Spain and France about including them in the initiative”. The International Organization for Vine and Wine, OIV, is already part of the project.
A follow-up meeting will take place in September 2019 in Strasbourg.
Doctor Franz Josef Jung, retired federal minister, is also head of the "Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Hochschule Geisenheim" (Association for the Promotion of Hochschule Geisenheim University). Doctor Jung celebrated his 70th birthday on March 5th – we hope he had a Happy Birthday!