Les Anciens keeps up the links between AEGEE alumni and supports the active generation of AEGEE members. It organises several events per year, informs about developments in AEGEE and discusses European, professional and private matters. However, while AEGEE is focusing on organising events and projects related to matters of European integration, Les Anciens does not have a thematic approach. Les Anciens also acts as a pool of experience for each current generation of active AEGEE members. If advice is needed, usually there are Les Anciens members at hand who have dealt with a similar problem before or can help due to their professional background. Our alumni are supporting AEGEE with contacts in the business sector or in international institutions. Les Anciens members also support AEGEE financially with the help of our Les Anciens Continuity Fund.
Les Anciens is a non-registered NGO with a very flat hierarchy. The General Assembly is the legislative of the association. In between the annual assemblies, the executive board is taking care of all administrative matters. The board of Les Anciens consists of the Coordinator, the Secretary General, the Treasurer and two additional board members. They are elected for two years.
Les Anciens d’AEGEE is the official alumnae organisation of AEGEE-Europe. And all over over Europe you can find local AEGEE alumnae organisations, affiliated with the local AEGEE antenna.
Every Les Anciens can be subscribed to the two main mailing lists to Les Anciens, which provide the main information and where Les Anciens members can discuss any topic they want. In addition, Les Anciens has a Facebook group. Events are announced via Twitter, photo’s are shared at Instagram and alumnae can post videos on the Youtube channel.
The Golden Times is a news website run honorary member of AEGEE-Europe, Gunnar Erth.
Every Les Anciens member can take part in all Les Anciens events – provided that there are enough places. Also non-Les Anciens members can take part in most events, except for the General Assembly, but generally have to pay a higher fee. The two biggest events are “Back to Brussels” in spring and the General Assembly, which attract up to 40 people each. Aside from that we organise New Years events, Summer Universities, make a special oldies programme for AEGEE Agoras, organise sailing trips and meet at other occasions, for example the Oktoberfest in Munich. You can check out the Calendar of Events and the detailed event descriptions and reviews on this website!
The more than 600 Les Anciens members were all very active in AEGEE – either on European or local level. The oldest members are around fifty years old, the youngest members are in their early twenties, since being in Les Anciens is a matter of experience, not of age. Many members work successful as entrepreneurs in their self-founded companies, are involved in national politics or are working for institutions such as the UN and the OSCE or the European Commission. Some of the members have created local alumnae groups which organise local alumnae activities.
You were active either on European level of AEGEE, in the CD, a commission, an international project or a working group? Or you were in your local antenna board or organised events? Then you should join Les Anciens ! You can even join, when you still AEGEE member, as long as you have finished any official position. Just fill out the inquiry form.