The Resource Raymond Rifflet : [Fonds]

Raymond Rifflet : [Fonds]

Label
Raymond Rifflet : [Fonds], 1946-1994
Title
Raymond Rifflet
Title remainder
[Fonds]
Inclusive dates
1946-1994
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • fre
  • eng
  • fre
Summary
The fonds consists of notes, letters, speeches by Raymond Rifflet, documents and correspondence received from the European Commission and various organisations. The material refers to the activities of Raymond Rifflet as a teacher and socialist activist. The majority relates to its commitment as a federalist activist (1956-1987) and to his high level position in the EC Commission between 1967 and 1975 as Chief of staff to President Jean Rey, and then as responsible for social affairs in various capacities. The papers also reflect his tasks as consultant advisor to the Commission in the field of Community information (1976-1994)
Biographical or historical data
Raymond Rifflet was born in Schaerbeek on 21st December 1919. He studied at the Free University of Brussels, where he was President of the Socialist Students (1941-1945) and obtained a degree in philosophy and letters. His career began at the Athenaeum Schaerbeek where he taught history while leading the 'Cahiers socialist' (1944). In 1948, he was appointed national secretary of the Socialist Movement for the United States of Europe (MSEUE) and served on the board of the Federal Belgian Socialist Party. He was a federalist militant, operating in the Central Committee of the Union of European Federalists (UEF), and in the National Belgian Council of the European Movement. He was very close to the philosopher Alexandre Marc who advocated a humanistic global and radical federalism. His academic career included professorship at the European Institute of Sociology of the ULB, the University Center in Antwerp, the Federalist College of Aosta. He then served as attaché for the Fine Arts in the Office of the Belgian Minister of Education and Culture and as Commissioner at the Belgian Broadcasting. In January 1967, he inaugurated his career in the European Communities when Jean Rey, President of the Commission, appointed him Chief of Staff. At this place, he is confronted with a number of issues like Britain's membership trade negotiations and financial arrangements with the United States, the Greek military coup d'etat, Euratom crisis, the emergence of an industrial and technological policy and of a possible economic and monetary union. After the Hague Summit in December 1969, he served as Senior Advisor for Social Affairs in the office of Commissioner Albert Coppe, as Chief of the Social Affairs Division and then as Director of the European Social Fund where he was a strong supporter of economic and social cohesion at European level, with the aim of creating a European model of society. After the departure of Michael Shanks from the Commission in 1975, he committed himself to the cause of a European Parliament by direct universal suffrage. He was appointed special advisor in the field of community information by Presidents Jenkins and Thorn and consultant (1988-1994) by President Delors. In the 80s, he became Vice President of the European Movement International and maintained strict contacts with Alexander Marc. In 1992 he was elected President of the European Socialist Movement / European Left. He died in 1997.
Cataloging source
IT-FiEUI
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rifflet, Raymond
Language note
Fonds in French. Inventory in French
Location of other archival material
The documents of this fonds can be supplemented by other documents deposited by Raymond Rifflet at the Catholic University of Louvain whose inventories are available on the internet. One part of these inventories (1946-1967) is available in microfiche.
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Rey, Jean
  • Coppé, Albert
  • Rifflet, Raymond
  • Marc, Alexandre
  • Collège d'Europe (Bruges, Belgium)
  • Comité pour la paix en Algérie
  • Mouvement féderaliste européen
  • Mouvement féderaliste européen
  • Socialist Movement for the United States of Europe
  • Commission of the European Communities
  • European Social Fund
  • European Economic Community
  • European Parliament
  • European federation
  • Nationalism
  • European integration
  • Belgium
  • Algeria
  • France
  • Algeria
Label
Raymond Rifflet : [Fonds]
Link
http://archives.eui.eu/en/fonds/190944?item=RR
Instantiates
Note
Descriptions are the property of the European University Institute (Historical Archives of the European Union), but can be freely used provided that reference is made to the source. Described by Catherine Previti
Control code
FIEb17192535
Extent
4,5 linear meters.
Governing access note
Unrestricted access
Immediate source of acquisition
The fonds was deposited at the Historical Archives of the European Union in October 2006 by Mr. Thierry Monforti, academic secretary of the College of Europe in Bruges, who was responsible for the temporary storage of the material.
System control number
(OCoLC)851517442
Label
Raymond Rifflet : [Fonds]
Link
http://archives.eui.eu/en/fonds/190944?item=RR
Note
Descriptions are the property of the European University Institute (Historical Archives of the European Union), but can be freely used provided that reference is made to the source. Described by Catherine Previti
Control code
FIEb17192535
Extent
4,5 linear meters.
Governing access note
Unrestricted access
Immediate source of acquisition
The fonds was deposited at the Historical Archives of the European Union in October 2006 by Mr. Thierry Monforti, academic secretary of the College of Europe in Bruges, who was responsible for the temporary storage of the material.
System control number
(OCoLC)851517442

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