European Students' Union Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Students'_Union

European Students' Union
Institutionsee member list
LocationMundo-Madou. Avenue des Arts 7/8, 1210 Brussels, Belgium
PresidentMartina Darmanin
Vice presidentsZamzam Ibrahim, Jakub Grodecki
Members45 (40 Countries)
AffiliationsEuropean Youth Forum
Executive Committeesee executive committee

The European Students' Union (ESU) is the umbrella organisation of 45 national unions of students from 40 countries, representing almost 20 million students. ESU aims to represent and promote the educational, social, economic and cultural interests of students at a European level towards all relevant bodies and, in particular, those of the European Union, Council of Europe and UNESCO. ESU represents the students' voice in Europe by being a consultative member of the Bologna Process. ESU is also a full member of the European Youth Forum (YFJ), the ESU nominee for 2006, was elected as YFJ president.


On 17 October 1982, seven National Unions of Students (NUSes) from the United Kingdom, Sweden, Iceland, France, Denmark, Norway and Austria established the Western European Students Information Bureau (WESIB) at a gathering in Stockholm. In February 1990, WESIB dropped the "W" to become the European Student Information Bureau (ESIB) following the political upheaval in Europe at the time. In 1992 the name was changed yet again into the National Union of Students in Europe. This reflected the recognition of the changing mission of ESIB from being a pure information-sharing organisation into a political organisation that represented the views of students in European institutions. In May 2007, the current name, European Students' Union (ESU), was introduced.

Over the years, the office of ESU has moved around Europe and was first hosted by the member NUSes. Following the establishment of WESIB in Stockholm, the office was based in the SFS Office in Sweden from 1982 until 1985, funded by a grant by the Swedish Government. By 1985 the grant was running low, and so NUS UK offered to host WESIB in their London headquarters. In 1988 the office moved to the ÖH offices in Vienna and remained there until 2000 when it was decided that for reasons of being near the European institutions, the office should move to Brussels and was hosted by VVS.


The highest ESU structure is the Board Meeting, bringing together representatives from all the National Unions of Students it represents. The Board Meeting sets the organisation's policy direction and elects members to the executive committee to run the organisation.

Executive committee[edit]

The executive committee (EC) is elected for a one-year term at the annual Board Meeting by representatives of the member organisations, with each country (not organisation) given two votes. The president and vice-presidents together make up the presidency of ESU, and are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organisation along with the seven general members of the EC.[1]

Title Name Country
Presidency President Martina Darmanin  Malta
Vice Presidents Zamzam Ibrahim  United Kingdom
Jakub Grodecki  Poland
General Members Pegi Pavletić  Croatia
Matteo Vespa  Italy
Stanimir Boyadzhiev  Bulgaria
Meral Nur  Austria
Kristel Jakobson  Estonia
Martin Hammerbauer  Czech Republic
Ruben Janssens  Belgium

Member organisations[edit]

Country English Name Local Name ESU Abbrev.[nb 1]
 Armenia Armenian National Students Association Հայ ուսանողական ազգային ասոցիացիա ANSA
 Austria Austrian Students' Association Österreichische Hochschülerinnen- und Hochschülerschaft ÖH
 Belarus Belarusian Students' Association Задзіночанне Беларускіх Студэнтаў BSA
Brotherhood of Organizers of Student Self-Government БОСС BOSS
 Belgium Federation of French-speaking Students Fédération Des Etudiants Francophones FEF
Flemish Union of Students Vlaamse Vereniging van Studenten VVS
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Students' Union Republic of Srpska Unija studenata Republike Srpske USRS
 Bulgaria National Assembly of Student’s Councils in the Republic of Bulgaria Национално представителство на студентските съвети в Република България NASC
 Croatia Croatian Students' Council Hrvatski Studentski Zbor CSC
 Cyprus Pancyprian Federation of Student Unions Pagkypria Omospondia Foititikon Enoseon POFEN
 Czech Republic Student Chamber of the Council of Higher Education Institutions Studentská komora Rady vysokých škol SKRVS
 Denmark National Union of Students in Denmark Danske Studerendes Fællesråd DSF
 Estonia Federation of Estonian Student Unions Eesti Üliõpilaskondade Liit EUL
 Faroe Islands Faroese National Union of Students Meginfelag Føroyskra Studenta MFS
 Finland National Union of University Students in Finland Suomen Ylioppilaskuntien Liitto, Finlands studentkårers förbund SYL, FSF
Union of Students in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences Suomen opiskelijakuntien liitto, Finlands studerandekårers förbund SAMOK
 France National Federation of Student’s Associations Fédération des Associations Générales d'Étudiants FAGE
 Georgia Georgian Student’s Organizations Association Georgian Student’s Organizations Association GSOA
 Germany Free Association of Student Bodies Freier Zusammenschluss von StudentInnenschaften FZS
 Hungary National Union of Students in Hungary Hallgatói Önkormányzatok Országos Konferenciája HÖOK
 Iceland National Union of Icelandic Students Landssamtök íslenskra stúdenta LÍS
 Ireland Union of Students in Ireland Union of Students in Ireland, Aontas na Mac Léinn in Éirinn USI
 Israel National Union of Israeli Students התאחדות הסטודנטים בישראל
تحاد الطلاب في إسرائيل
 Italy Union of University Students Unione degli Universitari UdU
 Latvia Student Union of Latvia Latvijas Studentu apvienība LSA
 Lithuania Lithuanian National Union of Students Lietuvos Studentu Sajunga LSS
 Luxembourg National Union of Students in Luxembourg Union Nationale des Etudiant(e)s du Luxembourg UNEL
 Malta University Students' Council Kunsill Studenti Universitarji KSU
 Moldova Student Alliance of Moldova Alianta studentilor din Moldova ASM
 Montenegro Student Parliament of the University of Montenegro Studentski Parlament Univerziteta Crne Gore SPUM
 Netherlands Dutch National Students Association Interstedelijk Studenten Overleg ISO
Dutch Student Union Landelijke Studentenvakbond LSVb
 Norway National Union of Students' in Norway Norsk studentorganisasjon NSO
 Poland Students' Parliament of Poland Parlament Studentów Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej PSRP
 Portugal Academic Forum for Information and External Representation Fórum Académico para Informação e Representação Externa FAIRe
 Romania National Alliance of Student Organizations in Romania Alianta Nationala a Organizatiilor Studentesti din Romania ANOSR
 Serbia Students Conference of Serbian Universities Studentska konferencija univerzitetâ Srbije SKONUS
Student Union of Serbia Studentska Unija Srbije SUS
 Slovakia Student Council for Higher Education Študetská Rada Vysokých Škôl SRVS
 Slovenia Slovene Student Union Studenska Organizacija Slovenije SSU
 Spain Coordinator of Student Representatives of Public Universities Coordinadora de Representantes de Estudiantes de Universidades Públicas CREUP
 Sweden Swedish National Union of Students Sveriges Förenade Studentkårer SFS
  Switzerland VSS-UNES-USU Verband Schweizer Studierendenschaften
Union des Etudiant-e-s de Suisse
Unione Svizzera degli Universitari
 Ukraine Ukrainian Association of Student Self-government Українська асоціація студентського самоврядування UASS
 United Kingdom National Union of Students NUS-UK

Candidate members[edit]

Candidate-members are NUSes that have submitted an application of membership to ESU but have not yet been granted member status by the Board Meeting. Candidate-members retain their status for one year and are subject to a "study visit" by ESU to ensure they meet membership criteria.

Country English Name Local Name ESU Abbrev.[nb 1]
 North Macedonia National Students’ Assembly Државно Студентско Собрание NSA

Associate organisations[edit]

Associate members of ESU are pan-European and international student organisations that have similar goals to ESU. The criteria for associate membership require the organisation to be democratic and student-run, have either students or NUSes as members, and represent students from at least 8 countries that are parties to the European Cultural Convention. Associate organizations can attend and speak at all ESU meetings, but cannot vote at Board Meetings.[2]

List of chairpersons[edit]

Year Name Country
2021-present Martina Darmanin  Malta
2020-2021 Gohar Hovhannisyan  Armenia
2019-2020 Robert Napier  Malta
2018-2019 Adam Gajek  Poland
2017-2018 Helge Schwitters  Norway
2016-2017 Lea Meister   Switzerland
2015-2016 Fernando Galán  Spain
2014-2015 Elisabeth Gehrke  Sweden
2013-2014 Rok Primozic  Slovenia
2012-2013 Karina Ufert  Lithuania
2011-2012 Allan Päll  Estonia
2010-2011 Bert Vandenkendelaere  Belgium
2008-2010 Ligia Deca  Romania
2007 Koen Geven  The Netherlands
2006 Justin Fenech  Malta
2005 Vanja Ivosevic  Croatia
2004 Johan Almqvist  Sweden
2003 Stefan Bienefeld  Germany
2002 Martina Vukasovic  Serbia
2001 Jacob Henricson  Sweden
2000 Remi Bordu  France
1999 Antti Pentikäinen  Finland
1998 Peter Sondgaard  Denmark
1997 Agnieszka Bolimowska  Poland

Prior to 1997 ESIB was Chaired by a NUS instead of an individual

Year Union Country
1996 Hökosz  Hungary
1995 SYL  Finland
1994 SYL  Finland
1993 SFS  Sweden
1992 SFS  Sweden
1991 VVS-UNES   Switzerland
1990 NUS (UK)  United Kingdom
1989 NUS (UK)  United Kingdom
1988 ÖH  Austria

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Abbreviation given in ESU's member list, may differ from the associations' local or official abbreviations


  1. ^ "Elected representatives". Structures. European Students' Union. Archived from the original on 4 May 2016. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Associate members". About us. European Students' Union. Archived from the original on 6 May 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2016.

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